70,0cl. 47,0% Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, Scotland Next is a Scottish classic. Beloved in the US, where it has a huge following, Tanqueray has a long, rich history, and the No. Ten Gin especially so. Named after Tiny Ten, Tanqueray’s #10 still, No. Ten broke the rule book when it became the first gin to use fresh citrus in its botanicals, playing to its American audience by pushing juniper a little further out of the limelight and making grapefruit and company the rockstars. This is cleverly reflected in the base of the elegantly ridged bottle which mimics that of an old-fashioned juicer. And $33 is about what you can expect to pay for a gin that’s often seen as the quintessential choice for a martini.
70,0cl. 42,0% And what counts as gin is only getting broader, no longer shackled to the traditional methods of Plymouth, Old Tom and London Dry; the evolution of contemporary gins, where juniper is no longer necessarily the main attraction, demonstrates its growing avant-garde nature.
70,0cl. 40,0% Zuidam Dry Gin, Netherlands Our first gin fittingly comes from the Netherlands. Founded in 1975 by Fred van Zuidam, the distillery started small, comprising of one copper still and a production line all in all covering just 300 square meters. Since those early days, the distillery has expanded to 3600 square meters, four copper stills and the enlistment of his wife and sons. So family aside, what of their gin? The Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin is distilled from nine carefully selected botanicals, starting with juniper berries and orris root from Italy, coriander from Morocco, lemons, oranges and angelica from Spain, licorice root from India, and, finally, cardamom and vanilla bean from Madagascar. The resulting spirit has won several awards at the highest level and with a score of 91 points from our aggregated critics, it is the highest scoring on our list. Not bad for an average price of $22.