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The 10 Best Gins Under $100 To Try in 2021
Gin brands are evolving to keep up with drinkers developing fondness for interesting tasting drink options. Distillers are creating more accessible varieties. Independent craft producers and big gin companies alike are emphasizing eclectic flavors, new botanicals, and distinctive production methods, mirroring the shifts of other spirits such as vodka, tequila, and whiskey.
The best gins under $100 showcase great bottles with a flair for unique distillation and cool flavors. These expressions will help premium gin take pride of place in your home bar.
1. The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
The Botanist gin brand was born out of the world-renowned Bruichladdich Distillery, one of the many famous whisky producers on the Isle of Islay. Former Bruichladdich Distillery Master Distiller Jim McEwan wanted to express the heart and soul of the remote Scottish island of Islay, but with a modern gin much different from traditional Scotch whisky.
Botanist Gin was given life with the help of professional botanists Dr. Richard and Mrs. Mavis Gulliver. They were instrumental in the selection of the herbs, leaves, and flora that would eventually make up the 22 unique botanicals that are infused in The Botanist Gin.
The expert crafting and choosing of herbs combined with the precise distillation process creates a remarkably smooth premium gin, effective for a simple gin and tonic water, or for use in a classic gin cocktail such as a Negroni or gin martini. The Botanist is the only gin distillery in Europe that is B Corp Certified, adhering to their detailed standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
2. Beefeater Gin Burrough’s Reserve
Beefeater London Dry Gin is famed for being a clean, uncomplicated dry gin catering to all palates at an affordable price. But rather than add that one to this list, I’ve opted for the more expensive and highly sought-after limited release Burrough’s Reserve bottle.
Burrough’s Reserve is described as a “gin for free thinkers,” and is distilled in 268-liter small batches and then aged in former Lillet aperitif wine barrels. If you’re a fan of traditional gin, then this premium version of Beefeater Gin is a great drop served neat or over ice with a little lemon peel.
3. Barr Hill Gin Gift Pack
Barr Hill Gin is our ode to the hardworking bees of the Northeast. Each batch is distilled in botanical extraction stills, where the juniper berry botanicals are balanced by flora and raw honey. With the Barr Hill Tom Cat, Old Tom gin is aged in new American oak barrels after distillation to create a bolder expression, where the oakiness mingles with the stickiness of juniper and a touch of raw honey.
This classic artisanal gin gift pack comes with 375 ml of each spirit. Either taste would suit an experienced gin lover, however, I’d recommend the Old Tom gin neat and the Traditional gin with tonic water or in a gin cocktail like a Negroni. The gift pack also comes with a 1 lb jar of Barr Hill raw Northern honey, the ingredient that makes Barr Hill Spirits unique.
4. Broker's Gin
Broker’s is an award-winning gin brand with an old-school personality, embodied by the bowler-hatted gentlemen on its label, which reflects England’s historical position as the home of gin. Broker’s Gin is made in a 200-year-old distillery in the heart of England and uses a traditional copper pot-still to create a quadruple-distilled pure grain spirit, made from English wheat redistilled with 10 traditional botanicals.
Broker’s is a classic craft gin, with a well-made but traditional flavor made specifically for the traditional gin drinker. Enjoy it simply with tonic water and citrus peel, or fresh cranberry juice.
5. Plymouth Navy Strength Gin
Plymouth Gin is batch-made with natural botanicals in a single copper pot-still installed during the Victorian era at the oldest working gin distillery in England. Plymouth Gin has long been associated with the British Navy, with the 57% alcohol by volume (ABV) further embodying this hard-working, heavy strength influenced gin (in much the same vein as Pusser’s Navy Rum).
The spirit’s strength amplifies the aroma and fragrance of the botanicals yet retains the smooth and balanced character Plymouth Gin is renowned for. While no doubt a tasty classic gin spirit when drunk straight, Plymouth Navy Strength Gin is arguably better served in a gin martini or modern aviation cocktail, by dint of the power in each serve.
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6. Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin
Hendrick’s Gin Midsummer Solstice bottle is a delightfully floral gin that is a lighter and more crisp take on Hendrick’s house style. Hendrick’s Gin is a Scottish gin that has topped our other gin lists for its quirky botanical sensibilities, the result of combining two different spirits from rare and unusual stills to create a smooth and unusual flavor.
The Midsummer Solstice Hendrick’s Gin adds another dimension to the signature cucumber & rose finish by adding the aroma and taste of summer flora to the mix. It’s a tremendous Sottish gin made for a summery drink indulgence, straddling the line between craft gin and classical dry gin taste profiles to provide a great base for combining with sweet citrus flavor or more tart grapefruit peel.
7. HH Bespoke Gin
Harlem Haberdashery Bespoke Gin is a remix of a traditional London Dry style gin with moderate juniper flavors upfront that is balanced by an infusion of lavender, rosehip, beach plum, and cranberry. HH bespoke gin mixes well with everything from simple tonic water to stronger bitter or sweet flavors, from grapefruit peel and orange to the tartness of real cranberry juice.
HH Bespoke Spirits are created by the family behind the Black-owned and operated award-winning boutique Harlem Haberdashery and celebrity custom clothing and accessories business 5001 FLAVORS. If modern gin is not your thing, HH Bespoke Spirits also rock vodka and rum spirits are well worth sampling.
8. Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
Bombay Sapphire Gin is made with a unique combination of botanicals and named after the famous “Star of Bombay,” a 182-carat sapphire that’s considered one of the finest jewels in the world. Affordable and approachable, the Bombay Sapphire traditional London dry gin boasts 10 exotic botanicals from around the world to create a spirit rich in the flavor of juniper, citrus coriander, black pepper, and spices.
If you’re a gin lover that’s looking for something slightly different, you may want to try Bombay Sapphire East Gin, a tasty variation on the standard expression which is created using 12 East Asian botanicals such as Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black pepper.
9. Two James Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin
Two James is located in Corktown, Detroit’s oldest neighborhood, and is the first licensed distillery in Detroit since Prohibition. The brand utilizes locally sourced agricultural products as a commitment to community building. Their Old Cockney Gin uses a proprietary blend of botanicals and an all-organic wheat base that’s rested in new American oak barrels for a minimum of six months before bottling.
The oak aging adds a very subtle toasted vanilla note that accentuates the citrus peel flavor and gives the gin its golden straw color. Old Cockney’s complex profile highlights deep earthy notes, nutmeg, and vanilla with just a hint of tannin. If you’re a fan of American whiskey and bourbon that’s looking for an interesting alternative spirit, then Two James Barrel Reserve Old Cockney Gin may be the perfect option for you to consider.
10. Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
This premium gin version is an upgrade of the famous Tanqueray London Dry Gin. It isn’t a homage to the home of the British PM, but a reference to “Tiny Ten,” the small copper pot still used to distill the product.
No. 10 is the only gin made using whole citrus fruit, including white grapefruit, lime, and orange, along with juniper, coriander, and a hint of chamomile. The citrus peel aroma and flavor of fruit contrast against the dry mouthfeel, making Tanqueray No. 10 one of the best variations on classic dry gin flavor and production.
Bonus: Sipsmith Sloe Gin
Sloe gin differs from classic gin as it uses sloe fruit from the blackcurrant plant rather than juniper berries, and comes with a lower, 29 % ABV. The Sipsmith Sloe gin distillation combines stone fruit, Seville orange peel, red currant, cassis, and ripe cherry flavors, which are balanced by the sloe berries and a touch of juniper to create a smooth, velvety taste.
Sipsmith sloe gin works brilliantly as a fruity alternative to dry gin and tonic while providing a zesty cocktail base for mixologists to play with.
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