Get me a bromide! And put some gin in it!
Here at The Salonniere, we like our gin like our dinner party guests: complex and full of character. That’s why we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the results of this year’s World Gin Awards. Part of the prestigious World Drinks Awards, the World Gin Awards rate gins from around the globe according to their nose, balance, quality, functionality, finish, and complexity. Just in time for World Gin Day on June 11th, we’re sharing this year’s winners. As you’ll see from the judges’ tasting notes, which may be found below each pretty bouteille, there’s plenty to get ginned up about this year.
The World’s Best Gins
World’s Best Gin:
Miller’s Gin Westbourne Strength
A fresh and crisp flavour, with the succulence of cucumber and some lively, luscious fruit. Light floral notes throughout with juniper and angelica in the finish. Superb.
World’s Best Cask Gin:
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Cask-Aged Gin
Good juniper and spice aromas with subtle cinnamon and cedar notes. Full and warming, this gin is smooth and even across the palate with a nice invigorating finish.
World’s Best Traditional Style Gin:
Penninger GRANIT Bavarian Gin
Engaging nose full of juniper, angelica, coriander, and nutmeg with a light note of cherry. The palate is nicely balanced in a mellow style, with good botanical core and a touch of floral sweetness and citrus through the finish.
World’s Best Compound Gin:
Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Bathtub Gin Navy-Strength
Gutsy earthy aromas dominate the nose with wood and juniper there in support. Big, pithy style, grapefruity zest with some hot pepper all around the mouth. A well-structured gin that, upon dilution, seems to pick up some ginger and cinnamon with citrus notes behind.
World’s Best London Dry Gin:
Cotswolds Dry Gin Non-Chill Filtered
Powerful, earthy aromas with a lift of juniper and spicy cinnamon and ginger. Balanced, complex, and elegant on the tongue with a note of refreshing citrus and pepper and clove to finish.
Want to take a shot at brewing your own world-class batch of gin? Here‘s a great do-it-yourself kit to try.
Welcome photo: Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart
Welcome quote: The Women, 1939