35,0cl. 15,0% Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, London, England Last but not least, we return to England’s less than sunny shores. Hayman’s dates back to 1863 and is the country’s longest serving gin distilling family. With five gins to the range, each one represents a stylistic moment in the history of gin; from sloe gin to gin liqueur, the range is a neat summary of the spirit’s evolutionary nature. It is the Old Tom Gin that makes it onto this list. Inspired by the Tom Collins and Martinez cocktails of the 1880s, the Old Tom is rich and rounded and more than worthy of our final spot. With an aggregated critic score of 90 points and an average price of $26, this is a fine tipple to finish on.
50,0cl. 15,0% Damrak Gin, Amsterdam, Netherlands And now we go to Europe, gin’s spiritual home, where we will be for the remainder of this piece. The Netherlands, where gin was first concocted, has a longstanding love affair with the spirit and Amsterdam’s Damrak doesn’t disappoint. Taken from the Dutch word “inner harbour”, in reference to the trade routes used when the herbs and spices used to make gin were first brought in, Damrak is comprised of 17 botanicals including honeysuckle and juniper. Made by Lucas Bols following one of the oldest recorded recipes for gin, it undergoes distillation five times resulting in a product with an aggregated critic score of 90 points all for the very reasonable price of $22.