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The best gin 2019: the best gin in the world tried, tested and ranked (updated)

Updated: The best gin brands around right now, from Hendricks to Monkey 47

The best gin 2019: the best gin in the world tried, tested and ranked (updated)
Marc Chacksfield

Welcome to our best gin guide, created for those who are tired of always picking the same old gin. We've sampled tons of the stuff to make sure that the drinks in this list are the best gins around.

Gin has, quite deservedly, seen an explosion - there's been many varieties and gin brands over recent years, which means there are plenty to choose from.

UPDATE: Are you one for inviting a copious number of friends around for drinks over the festive period? Have you ever felt underwhelmed by your bar-tending skills and wanted to up your game to look like the ultimate mixologist? Well, thanks to Bombay Sapphire, now you can.

The gin-centric brand has unleashed the ultimate Christmas offering in the form of a wreath adorned with all the garnishes you could want for. Yes, you can knock up a few cocktails for guests, and then top them off with hand-picked trimmings. Sounds like the ultimate Christmas gift for gin lovers, right? Well, you'll be pleased to hear you can pick one up for the reasonable price of £50 over at Floom. Cheers to that!


The best gin 2019: the best gin in the world tried, tested and ranked (updated)


If you're into fruity offerings, there's a new pineapple gin in town. Yup, you read that correctly, the very fruit that was banned from Reading Festival last year. The citrus offering is called Agnes Arber Pineapple Gin and is a 41.6% wonder. Needless to say, we're intrigued...


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Bulldog London Dry Gin
£15.00 (was £23)
This multi-award winning gin is made with 12 botanicals from 8 different countries, including liquorice from China, lavender from France and lemon from Spain. The five-time distilled gin now has over 30% off, bringing the price down to a cracking £15.
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Aviation American Gin
£25.99
This American Gin is best known for being owned by Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds. It has a combination of floral and savoury notes thanks to botanicals of lavender, cardamom and sarsaparilla. It was the gin to pioneer the ‘New Western Dry’ style of gin.
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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
£30.50
This award-winning gin is one of our favourites. The number 47 references the 47 botanicals used to make the gin. The botanicals include lingonberries, cranberries and juniper. It’s usually pretty pricey but now - thanks to a 21% discount - it’s only £30.50.
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Chase Sloe Gin with Mulberry 50cl
£23.49 (Was £29.99)
Made from Chase vodka, this sloe gin is made in Herefordshire. Fruity and well balanced, this is the cheapest we've ever seen it.
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LoneWolf London Dry Gin, 70 cl
£20.00
Made in Scotland and bursting with Juniper and Scots pine flavours which are balanced with grapefruit and lemon citrus, this is a punch gin by the bods at BrewDog.
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Between 2010 and 2017, the amount of distilleries making gin have trebled and the reason is a simple one: in 2009, gin production rules were loosened and this allowed craft gin makers in to create creative versions of the juniper juice in smaller batches.

Research from Mintel suggests that almost three in ten (28%) adults aged 24-31, described as 'Younger Millennials', drink at home because they say it takes too much effort to go out.This means that, for many, the drink options you can pick up at your local supermarket are having a boom in popularity.

The problem is, when it comes to picking the best gin, there are bloody loads. Too many, if anything, so we’ve done you a favour and sieved through the rest and brought you only the best gins, all test tasted by the Shortlist team.

Make sure that you vote for your favourite tipple and if your gin of choice isn't in the list, let us know below and we'll try and get it in to sample so we can see how it compares to our list.

Fancy a gin alternative? Look to our best vodka or best whiskey lists for inspiration. And if you want an alternative to alcohol all together, then our best non-alcoholic sprits guide is what you need. Otherwise we've got more gins to choose from over on our best supermarket gin list.

Best gin in 2019

Best gin in 2019

1. Thomas Dakin (70cl)

£22.00
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Thomas Dakin has a taste that isn't for everyone - and it's all to do with one of the 11 botanicals they use for the gin. It's uses horseradish that gives the drink a savoury kick in its aftertaste. It's quite a full flavour but mix it with something citrusy like a bitter lemon tonic or some orange peel and you have a lovely flavoursome taste. Interestingly, this gin's origins are found in Warrington but it is branded Manchester on the bottle. Given Thomas Dakin is opening up a new distillery in Manchester, we can forgive them.

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2. Monkey 47

£30.50 (500 ml)
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An incredibly fun gin that hales from the Black Forest in Germany. The name comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at bedtime-inducing 47% proof. Palate-wise it’s complex (there are, also, pleasingly, forty-seven different tastes packed in there). Woody, spicy, fruity, and herby: it is pretty much everything a gin can be.

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3. Bloom London

£20.00 (70 cl)
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The branding says it’s floral, most reviews say it’s perhaps too perfume-y, but we just weren’t getting that. Not in a sickly way, anyway. Deliciously citrus, it’s easy on the juniper making it a great gin for non-gin loving gin drinkers. And we realise how odd that sounds. Essentially: if you want to start an evening with a gin, this is the one.

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4. Hendricks

£29.99 (70 cl)
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Just brilliant, isn’t it? You don’t need us to tell you that. It contains 11 botanicals, along with cucumber and rose to give it that distinctive flavour. To best enjoy, have it with cucumber, in the sun. Obviously. This is a classic stepping stone gin for those looking to branch out beyond the basics. Try it out in the early part of your gin odyssey.

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5. Tanqueray No. Ten

£23.49 (70cl)
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Now this is one where you will need tonic. One of our writers described this as having “a huge bouquet” before rather harshly being pelted with lemon slices. But he has a point: there’s an earthy richness twinned with citrus that really keeps you on your toes. Looks great to order, too, in its lurid green bottle, and tastes great to drink.

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6. Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin at Aldi

£14.19 (1 L)
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Yes, the worst kept secret in bargain food-shopping is also home to, officially, one of the world’s best gins. The Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin won a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition and it’s hard to argue (especially with its price set at a lip-smacking £14.19) with its bone dry and straight-forward flavouring, the Oliver Cromwell gin is unfussy and versatile with notes of juniper, lemon, and orange peel before fading to reveal hints of hot wax. Your booze cupboard deserves this bargain.

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7. Theodore Pictish Gin

£38.45
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This Scottish gin is “powered by the spirit of the Picts” - an ancient tribe that once settled near the distillery’s home (because, of course it is). The gin contains 16 botanicals that Greenwood Distillery believe the Picts could have encountered. Citric Pomelo and Kaffir Lime give it a fresh, citrus flavour with a floral bouquet from Oolong tea, chamomile and lavender.


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8. No.3 London Dry Gin

£33.95
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It was only right that No.3 made our list after winning the International Spirits Challenge ‘Best in Class’ gin trophy four times - along with another 20 awards since 2010. The main flavours in this ‘world class’ spirit are the classic gin botanicals of juniper, citrus and spice. That means that it’s crisp, 'zingy' taste is followed by the warmth of cardamom and a final dryness from angelica. Best served with tonic, a big wedge of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

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9. William Chase

£37.89 (70 cl)
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This is the ultimate tonic partner, with flavours of juniper, apple and elderflower alongside subtle citrus. Some serve with a slice of fresh apple but we like it just the way it is. The finished gin is distilled over 100 times with the entire process taking over two years, from orchard to bottle. You can genuinely taste the effort that goes into it. And it 48% you can taste the booze that goes into it. Treat it with care.

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10. Martin Miller’s

£22.00 (70cl)
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This is our favourite summer gin thanks to its slight, but not intense, perfumed charm. A self-consciously ‘old-school’ gin (despite being first created in 1990), distiller Martin Miller wanted to create a gin that “tasted of gin” and not, in his words, “of some highly flavoured confection”. Distilled in the Black Country from ten botanicals, Miller’s is blended with Icelandic water to simple, stunning effect.

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11. Beefeater 24

£16.00 (70cl)
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Made in the heart of London at the Kennington distillery using a recipe that took eighteen months to develop, Beefeater 24 includes Seville orange peel, lemon peel, bitter almond, angelica root, angelica seed, juniper, liquorice, orris root, coriander, and a blend of Chinese green and Japanese sencha teas with grapefruit peel. What does that mean? Well, it means a liquorice-influenced finish means that you won’t forget drinking it. Save until late in the evening.

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12. Brockmans Intensely Smooth

£34.00 (70cl)
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You might not be surprised to hear Brockmans Intensely Smooth is… intensely smooth. Like having George Clooney pull out your chair and light you a cigarette… only a gin. Made with Bulgarian coriander, blueberries, blackberries, and bittersweet Valencia orange peels, the result is a gin bursting with flavour that doesn’t forgo balance for punch.



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13. Caorunn

£22.00 (70cl)
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Handcrafted in small batches at Balmenach Distillery in Scotland’s Speyside region, Caorunn is an unusually herbal experience thanks to its use of Rowan Berry. The well balanced fruity flavours of the gin make it exceedingly drinkable: dry and crisp when neat, use tonic sparingly so as not to lose its subtle notes.

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