10 Best Gin Brands 2016

Although all gins derive their distinctive herbal flavor from juniper berries, not all gins are created equal. When it comes to the best gin brand in the world, this list represents some serious contenders for the title. Although each relies on its own distillation method and herbal ingredients for its unique character and flavor, each one embodies the best qualities of a popular spirit that has been brewed by humankind for over a millennium. With a thousand years of combined experience and refined technique, each of these gins celebrates the flavor profile, bouquet, and unique personality of this popular spirit. Ranking order is based on a wide range of qualitative and quantitative variables, including the payment of monthly listing fees to be in our directory. Learn more about our ranking process here.

 Best Gin Label Logo: Hana Gin
#1 of 10 Leading Gin Labels

Hana Gin

San Francisco, California

#1 of 10 Top Gin Labels of 2016 - Hana Gin is one that has several flavor notes, but they are balanced to give a delicious beverage. Aromas that are noticed first include lemon and lavender. There are hints of cucumber and mint as undertones. When tasting the gin, you will notice a silky feel on the palate. There is a citrus finish with a few spices that give a warm sensation. Fruit notes are present as an aftertaste. The gin has an alcohol content of 40%.

 Best Gin Label Logo: Hendrick's Gin
#2 of 10 Top Gin Labels

Hendrick's Gin

Girvin, Scotland

#2 of 10 Leading Gin Labels of 2016 - Hendrick's Gin comes in a small bottle that is dark in color. This is a drink with an 88 proof. The gin is produced in Scotland with different tactics of distillation. The alcohol is boiled instead of bathed as some other gins are made. There are several delicate notes when smelling and tasting the gin. Cucumber and rose are prominent when smelling and tasting. There are also hints of lime and juniper. Initial tastes are smooth, but the drink finishes with a warm note.

 Leading Gin Label Logo: Bombay Sapphire
#3 of 10 Top Gin Labels

Bombay Sapphire

Laverstoke, Hampshire

#3 of 10 Leading Gin Labels of 2016 - Bombay Sapphire is a gin from the United Kingdom. It has an alcohol content by volume of 47%. The blue of the bottle gives the gin a blue tint. This is a dry gin as no sugar has been added. It is an ideal drink to blend with others so that the natural flavors come out. Notes on smelling include citrus and lemon grass. When consumed, the gin is rather smooth and has a creamy citrus flavor. Finishing notes are somewhat spicy.

 Top Gin Label Logo: Nolet's Silver Dry Gin
#4 of 10 Leading Gin Labels

Nolet's Silver Dry Gin

Schiedem, Holland

#4 of 10 Top Gin Labels of 2016 - Nolet's Silver Dry Gin is made by a company that has been in business for 300 years. It is made in small copper pots. Grains from Europe are used when making the gin. There is an oily appearance to the drink. When smelling the gin, it has an aroma of perfume that is made from roses and citrus. There are tasting notes of flowers, fruits and herbs. Although there are several flavors in the gin, it has a balanced taste.

 Best Gin Label Logo: Whitley Neill London Dry Gin
#5 of 10 Top Gin Labels

Whitley Neill London Dry Gin

Birmingham, England

#5 of 10 Best Gin Labels of 2016 - Whitley Neill London Dry Gin is produced in the United Kingdom and has an alcohol content of 42%. It comes in a short bottle with a round base and gold topper. This is a dry gin because there is very little sugar added. This is an ideal drink for mixing as there are no overwhelming flavors. There is a hint of juniper in the gin as well as lemon and orange peel. These flavors linger on the palate instead of a warmth that one would find in other drinks.

 Top Gin Label Logo: Corsair Artisan Gin
#6 of 10 Best Gin Labels

Corsair Artisan Gin

Bowling Green, Kentucky

#6 of 10 Top Gin Labels of 2016 - Corsair Artisan Gin is made in small batches. It has a proof of 92, making it a little stronger than some of the other gins on the market. There is a different blend of botanicals used in the mixing of the gin than you would find in others. They include peels from citrus and lavender along with juniper. The aroma is that of cucumbers and macadamia nuts. Little to no sugar is added to make the gin dry.

 Top Gin Label Logo: DH Krahn Gin
#7 of 10 Best Gin Labels

DH Krahn Gin

San Francisco, California

#7 of 10 Best Gin Labels of 2016 - DH Krahn Gin is a London dry gin. It has been aged for three months and has a clear appearance. The drink is made in a copper pot. There is a simple recipe used in making the gin with only a few tasting notes. There are citrus notes as well as hints of flowers when smelling. When tasting the gin, there are savory notes that are followed by citrus flavors. There is a warm finish to the gin.

 Leading Gin Label Logo: Dry Fly Gin
#8 of 10 Leading Gin Labels

Dry Fly Gin

Spokane, Washington

#8 of 10 Leading Gin Labels of 2016 - Dry Fly Dry Gin is an all-American spirit distilled with custom-built pot stills in Spokane, Washington. Its ingredients are locally grown in the Pacific Northwest using sustainable farming methods, and this care shows: Dry Fly Dry Gin is a gold medal winner at the New York World Wine & Spirit Competition. In addition to its gold medal award, Dry Fly Dry Gin is a silver medalist at the San Diego International Spirits Competition and the Micro Liquor Spirit Awards. Ultimate Beverage Challenge rates Dry Fly as a strongly recommended gin.

 Leading Gin Label Logo: Greenall's London Dry Gin
#9 of 10 Best Gin Labels

Greenall's London Dry Gin

Birchwood, England

#9 of 10 Leading Gin Labels of 2016 - Greenall's London Dry Gin has little to no sugar added, making it a dry beverage. It is clear in color and comes in a tall bottle with a black label and topper. It comes from the United Kingdom. The main ingredient is juniper. This is the prominent note when smelling and drinking. There is a smooth finish to the gin as there aren't that many other ingredients used. This is a gin that is ideal for mixing with other drinks.

 Leading Gin Label Logo: No. 209 Gin
#10 of 10 Leading Gin Labels

No. 209 Gin

San Francisco, California

#10 of 10 Leading Gin Labels of 2016 - No. 209 Gin is a London dry gin that is produced in California. Base ingredients are corn and various spices. Copper pots are used in making the gin. The gin is clear, forming droplets on the glass after swirling. Citrus notes are present when smelling. Juniper and other flowers are present in the background. There is a slippery feel on the palate when drinking. Oranges and lemons are present when drinking as well as juniper and spices. A tingling is present on the lips from the spices used.

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