Thursday, 15 January 2015

What Are Your Top 3 Gins? Nominate Now!

Photo: Addison Berry
Dry January? No thanks! It's all about Ginuary! Gin is fast becoming the nation's favourite spirit, and with so many different options popping up from all over the world, it can be hard to choose which one you like best. It is for this reason, Vinspire fans, that we need your help!

We started thinking about the nation's faves when Manchester-based mixologist and very good friend of ours Tom Higham took to Twitter to ask everyone for their top 3 gins. He's working on a nifty experiment to find out if his predictions about gin trends are correct - follow him to find out more...

In the spirit of helping out a fellow drinks enthusiast, we've offered to help him out by asking our excellent readers to name their top 3 juniper-inspired lovelies. 

That's exactly what we want you to do! Simply leave a comment below this post (or tell us on Facebook or Twitter) listing your current top 3 gins. You don't have to explain why if you don't want to - just the names are fine! 

I'll get the ball rolling: 

Made in Harrington, just outside Northampton, Warner Edwards is the fruit of the labours of Tom Warner and Sion Edwards. Made from homegrown produce, this is a rich and very smooth gin with heavy notes of ginger and a touch of peppery spice. 

Made by Professor Cornelius Ampleforth (that's his real name, I've seen his degree and everything), this is made through the rare process of cold compounding. Hugo talked about this gin a while ago on Vinspire and loved. orange and blossom notes blend beatifully with the more warming spice of cumin. 

Hailing from Germany, this gin is so named due it's percentage and the fact that it contains 47 different botanicals. An amazingly weird and wonderful spirit, it seems as though no two sips are ever the same. 

So that's my two cents, let us know yours as you'd really be helping a chap out. 

I also don't mind saying that you'll be helping us out too... and that's because at some point in the not too distant future, we'll be organising some kind of Vinspire awards to celebrate our favourite drinks, so any and all feedback and opinion is very much appreciated! More on that to follow...


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    1. Excellent, we'll be reviewing this on the blog very shortly! :-)

  2. No 1: Pinkster,
    No 2: Chilgrove
    No 3: Hendricks

    1. Ooh, brilliant choices. Nice to see two very new gins too - it shows how exciting the gin scene is becoming. :-) I recommend Sibling too, another new one, and very tasty!

  3. 1. Little Bird
    2. Sipsmith
    3. Bombay Sapphire

  4. 1.Rock Rose Gin
    2 . Rock Rose Gin
    3. Rock Rose Gin!

  5. Jensen's Bermondsey Dry
    Monkey 47

  6. Tanqueray 10 has always been a special favorite... I'm surprised it's not on more lists.

  7. The Botanist
    Williams Chase
    Martin Millers

  8. 1 Hendrik's
    2 Monkey 47
    3 Gabriel Boudier Saffron Gin

  9. 1- masons yorkshire gin
    2 -martin millers
    3 - citadell

  10. 1. Masons Yorkshire Gin
    2. Tanqueray Malaca
    3. Gin Mare

  11. 1) pinkster
    2) Martin millers
    3 warner Edwards

  12. 1) NB Gin
    2) Pinkster Gin
    3) Tanqueray Rangpur

  13. 1)Masons Yorkshire Gin - Because it's so very different from any gin I've tasted before, a real eye opener, it goes so well with things like orange peel in place of the slice of lemon. If you haven't tried it yet, you should!
    2) Tanqueray, at 47% if you can get it from the Duty Free shop .... yum!
    3) The Lakes Gin - very new, but very nice. Nothing horrible (except the weather) in the Lakes!

  14. 1) Masons Yorkshire Gin
    2) Durham Gin

  15. Too many to choose from, but:

    1. Adnams First Rate
    2. Portobello Road
    3. Whitley Neill

    Washed down with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic!

  16. 1. The Botanist - 22 botanicals, complex and delicious.
    2. Pinkster - ideal when you don't want that big juniper hit, very smooth finish.
    3. Blackwood's 60 - does what it says on the tin.

  17. Chilgrove

  18. Chilgrove - Sooooooo silky smooth and perfectly balanced, our favourite gin by a long shot.
    Little Bird - Always goes down well!
    Filliers - Perfect when you want an alternative to a traditional London Dry style, lovely citrus finish.