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The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2019 Day 1
The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2019 Day 1


The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held the largest gin tasting in the World with 71 gins (classic, London Dry, contemporary, navy-strength, barrel aged) and fourteen members of its spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at room temperature. The judges "blind" tasted through ten flights of 7 gins, plus 1. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.



DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin
(Ireland) 86° prf

Nose: Tangerine, orange peel, cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberry, lime, lime peel, lemon peel, limoncello, lemon blossom, rose, rose water, lavender, floral notes, floral hops, juniper, piney juniper, botanical, herbal, rosemary, almond, mint, Earl Grey tea, fresh cut grass, celery salt, light pepper.
Palate: Tangerine, tangelo, orange, yuzu, citrus, lemon peel, lemon cream, Key lime pie, mango custard, juniper, sweet juniper, violets, rose, lemongrass. herbs, fresh herbs, grassy, anise, menthol, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, pink peppercorn, tree bark, pine, smooth, velvety.
Finish: Lemon, limeade, yuzu. citrus, tangerine, lemon peel, lemon rind, lime zest, lemon candy, Fruit Stripe gum, violet, floral notes, mint, menthol, anise, nutmeg, soft clove, sweet spice, peppery, zesty, mineral, zesty, creamy, smooth.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin



Swallowtail London Dry Gin
(Swallowtail Spirits, OR) 90° prf

Nose: Bright lemon & lime, intense lemon/lime, lemon, lemon zest, lime peel, citrus, limeade, watermelon, lemon cream, custard, honey comb, juniper, piney juniper, floral juniper, rosewater, violets, sweet mint, mint, winter mint, bath & body works, eucalyptus, cucumber, fennel, rosemary, clove, cardamom.
Palate: Lemon, lime, lemon peel, heavy citrus, citrus oil, neroli, Sprite, lime soda, sweet cane, juniper, piney juniper, floral, violet, carrot, celery, fennel, anise, strong wintermint, menthol, herbal, bay leaf, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seed, pepper, earthy, chalk, limestone, complex, layered, elegant balance, refreshing.
Finish: Citrus, beautiful juniper, mint-mint-mint, refreshing mint, eucalyptus, subtle ginger, vanilla, herbs, cardamom, cumin seed, spicy, peppery sweetness, peppery, mineral, limestone, tree bark, wood, well-balanced, bold, silky smooth, yummy, great for gin and tonic.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Swallowtail London Dry Gin



Fundy Gin
(Still Fired Distilleries, Nova Scotia, Canada) 80° prf

Nose: Lime, bergamot, citrus, tangerine, lemon zest, bouquet of ripe fruit, honey, vanilla, cake, honey blossom, rose, a trip to the botanical gardens, big juniper, grain, rosemary, grassy, anise, menthol, evergreen, beautiful.
Palate: Lemon, lime, bergamot, tangerine peel, citrus, ripe pineapple, lingonberry, honey, rose, rose petals, floral, perfume, juniper, mint, grass undertones, coriander, spicy, woody, balanced, smooth, lovely.
Finish: Citrus, basket of melons, lavender, summer flowers, a burst of flower bouquet, mixed herbs, tea, anise, fennel, spice, hot pepper, woody, balanced, big & bold, assertive, refined, yummy, delicious.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Fundy Gin



Rutte Dry Celery Gin
(Holland) 86° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon juice, lemon curd, lemon peel, lemongrass, lemon balm, lime, minty citrus, prickly pear, cucumber, cardamom, grain, dough, mineral water, bark, pine, mizu shochu.
Palate: Lemon, lemon peel, lemon zest, lemon verbena, lime, citrus, candied lemon peel, lemon balm, piney juniper, tea, herbs, violet, lavender, floral, sarsaparilla, cloves, cinnamon, sage, cardamom, pink peppercorn, limestone, pine, nicely sweet, creamy, smooth, cool, fresh.
Finish: Tangerine, juniper, minty, peppermint, floral notes, balanced florals, dried herbs de Provence, cinnamon, cardamom, spicy, mineral, limestone, nicely balanced, well balanced, smooth, refreshing, perfect.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Rutte Dry Celery Gin



Jack Pine Gin
(Northern Latitudes Distillery, MI) 100° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon peel, lime peel, key lime, bright citrus, crisp citrus, green apple, Juicy Fruit gum, herbal, spearmint, juniper, herbal juniper, cut ferns, cucumber, celery seed, bay leaf, peppercorns, pine.
Palate: Verbena, finger limes, lemon peel, lime peel, citrus, lemon balm, marmalade, spearmint, herbs, juniper, herbal juniper, cucumber, celery seed, spicy sandalwood, cardamom, cassia bark, bark, black peppercorn, nice sweetness, creamy, smooth, fantastic for gin and tonic.
Finish: Lime peel, lime zest, dried lemon peel, whipped cream, juniper, rose petals, dried herbs, anise, celery seed, cinnamon, pepper, peppery, approachable, clean, fresh, creamy, silky, smooth.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Jack Pine Gin



Abandoned Gin
(Green Door Distilling Co., MI) 80° prf

Nose: Pineapple, apricot, dates, dried dates, raisins, dried fruit, dried lemon, sweet lemon peel, lemon candy, lemon marmalade, toffee, caramel, molasses, Coca Cola, vanilla, honey, orange blossom, Earl Grey tea, saffron, thyme, sandalwood, menthol, almond, pine, old oak, manzanilla sherry.
Palate: Lemon, pressed lemons, lemon zest, lemon curd, mango, pineapple, dried lemon, lemon incense, dried fruit, dried cherries, rose blossoms, honey, honey cookie, grain, juniper, violet, herbs, tea, grassy, cloves, mustard seed, saffron, sweet spice, baking spices, sherry, tobacco, old leather, pine, oak, balanced.
Finish: Preserved lemons, dried lemons, pith, orange pekoe, Earl Grey, herbal tea, herb, grassy, ginger root, violet, thyme, saffron, turmeric, spice, pepper, earthy, wood, oak.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Abandoned Gin



Sleeping Giant Gin
(Steamboat Whiskey Company, CO) 88° prf

Nose: Tangerine, citrus, citrus peel, lemon oil, lemon cream, pastry, honeysuckle, bright floral, lavender, juniper, herbal juniper, minty juniper, cucumber, carrot, celery seed, anise, cinnamon, clove, coriander seeds, sage, cumin, cardamom, peppercorn, mineral, stone, bark, pine.
Palate: Lemon, lime, citrus, mild juniper, rose, rose petals, floral mint, menthol, grass, herbs, licorice, anise, celery seed, cloves, grain, bay leaf, clove, cinnamon, baking spices, Chinese five spice, white pepper, pink pepper, pink peppercorns, corn, grain, heavy oak, sweet balance, smooth.
Finish: Citrus zest, juniper, lavender, wintermint, eucalyptus, anise, celery, grains, dried herbs, bay leaf, cardamom, clove, pink peppercorns, resin, lemon oil, limestone, wet stone, mineral, nice finish.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Sleeping Giant Gin



Mother Earth Gin
(Mother Earth Brewing, NC) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon/lime, lime, lemon, lemon peel, lemon pith, citrus, white peach, cherry, floral juniper, piney juniper, rose petals, floral rose, rose hips, herbal, tea, wintergreen, sweet mint, mint leaves, grain, almond, black licorice, cinnamon bark, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, cumin.
Palate: Lemon peel, lemon rind, lime, citrus, pineapple, cherry, green plantains, juniper, herbal juniper, rosewater, violet, pretty floral, light licorice, anise, eucalyptus, wintermint, peppermint, distant mint, hops, clove, coriander, cardamom, baking spices, pepper, peppery, smooth.
Finish: Lemony, lime zest, citrus, rose, floral, winter wheat, anise, herbal, minty, saffron, cardamom, sweet spice, spicy, black pepper, soft resin, light, mineralty, balanced, smooth.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



Mother Earth Gin



MICHIGIN
(Long Road Distillers, MI) 90° prf

Nose: Lemon peel, tangerine, citrus, orange scones, orange blossom, honey, caramel, vanilla cream, Trefoils shortbread cookie, butter, buttery juniper floral juniper, popcorn, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, rye grain, grain, hops, herb, herbal tea, celery, celery, tree, wood, rye-like, fragrant.
Palate: Mandarin, tangerine peel, grapefruit, citrus, lemon oil, prickly pear, melon, cherry, pineapple, honey, creamy, vanilla, vanilla yogurt, toffee, powdered sugar, marshmallow, lavender, floral, herbal, minty, Starlight mint, anise, black licorice, hazelnut, almond skin, cumin seed, spice, pepper, amaretto.
Finish: Lemon, grape, grape skin, dried mango, fruit gum, vanilla bean, vanilla, creamy, vanilla yogurt, brown sugar, toffee, herb grass, potpourri, cumin seed, pink peppercorn, well balanced, smooth, great straight up, special, unique.


Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal



MICHIGIN



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
(3 Badge Beverage, CA) 90° prf

Nose: Orange, tangerine, mandarin slices, orange juice, orange peel, mandarin skin, lemon, lemon zest, so much citrus, grapefruit jelly, melon, watermelon, green grape, peaches, lemon cookies, dried cherries, almond, cucumber, ripe cucumber, cucumber peel.
Palate: Tangelos, tangerines, orange peel, orange zest, lemon, lemon zest, citrus, tart, tangy, persimmon, orange marmalade, candied mandarins, lemon frosting, creamy, birthday cake with sprinkles, sweet cakes, Corn Pops, juniper, violet, watermelon, cucumber, herbal, angelica, cinnamon, spices, pine.
Finish: Lemon, lemon zest, lemon verbena, orange peel, orange rind, beautiful citrus, juniper, cherry, lightly floral, herbal notes, grassy, celery seed, cardamom, spice, interesting, wow, love it.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Uncle Val's Botanical Gin



Gracias a Dios Agave Gin
Oaxaca Recipe

(Oaxaca, Mexico) 90° prf

Nose: Citrus, lemon curd, agave note, piney juniper, herbal juniper, Earl Grey tea, dill, saffron, spicy, pepper, spicy pepper, dried pepper, celery salt, lemon oil, talc, wet stones, earthy, tobacco ash, smoky, wood, aged wood, cedar, pine, oak, mezcal, silky.
Palate: Agave, smoked agave, mezcal, roasted pineapple, juniper, grassy, lemon balm, violet, dried herbal, black licorice, carrot, celery seed, saffron, clove, chili peppers, spicy pepper, spicy, good tobacco, old tobacco, burnt peat, charcoal, very smoky, woody, pine.
Finish: Roasted agave, sweet tea, citrus notes, herbaceous, spice, pepper, pink peppercorns, salty, mineral, old leather, earthy, smoky, interesting, perfect.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



   Gracias a Dios Agave Gin Oaxaca Recipe



American Fifth Spirits Gin
(American Fifth Spirits, MI) 93° prf

Nose: Lime, lemon/lime, lemon peel, citrus, lemon curd, lemon marmalade, jammy, sour apples, cantaloupe, pineapple, cherry, honey, vanilla, herbal juniper, grassy, tree leaf, peppermint, clove, cinnamon, white pepper, minerality, wet stone, super fresh.
Palate: Lemon peel, sweet verbena, citrus, lemon marmalade, mango, cantaloupe, honeydew, berry, Madeline cookies, rose flower, violet, lemongrass, grass, herbal, fresh herbs, peppermint, anise, celery seed, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, baking spices, black pepper, creamy.
Finish: Lemon, lemon sorbet, vanilla bean, flowers, floral, dried flowers, herbal, , peppermint, dried mint, celery seed, cardamom, clove, cardamom, hot spice, lemon pepper peppery, smoky, balanced, silky, great straight up, awesome.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



American Fifth Spirits Gin



Petoskey Stone Gin
(High Five Spirits, CO) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime, lemon rind, citrus, tangerine, tangelo, mandarin, citrus herbs, celery, Earl Grey tea, juniper, lavender, rose, balanced floral, spice cake, sage, cinnamon bark, old pine wood, mineral.
Palate: Lemon, lime, citrus, lemon peel, violet, lavender, rose hips, floral, grassy, fresh cut grass, herbal, dry flowers, black tea, Earl Grey tea, spearmint, eucalyptus, lemon thyme, soft caraway, cardamom, anise, cucumber, celery seed, carrot, sweet juniper, pistachio oil, sweet cane sugar, vanilla, pink pepper, limestone, balanced, smooth, flavorful.
Finish: Lemon, lemon verbena, vanilla, donuts, sweet baked goods, honey, lavender, violet, strong floral, juniper, licorice, mint, menthol, celery seed, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf, mineral, limestone, wet stones, layered, well-balanced, nice, clean.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Petoskey Stone Gin



The Good Life Gin
(Iron Vault Distillery, OH) 90° prf

Nose: Juniper, light piney juniper, ginger, bergamot oil, marzipan, some almonds, spice cake, anise, fennel fronds, mint, fresh cut mint leaves, lemongrass, grassy, green leaves, herbal, sandalwood, sage, caraway seed, cloves, forest, bark, dogwood, pine.
Palate: Cherry, cherry-ade, pink bubblegum, lemon, lemon peel, citrus, dried orange peel, green mango, anise, fennel, black licorice, ginger, juniper, raisins, lavender, violet, herbal, nice blend of sweet herbal and citrus, orange tea, Earl Grey tea, grassy, saffron, cardamom, baking spice, caraway, clove, bay leaf, pepper, black pepper, smooth.
Finish: Cherry, lemonade, creamy vanilla bean, burnt sugar, licorice, citrus flowers, violet, grassy, eucalyptus, dried leaves, caraway, bay leaf, cardamom, exotic spices, spicy, layered, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



The Good Life Gin



Nordisk Polar Bear Gin
(Denmark) 82.4° prf.

Nose: Lime zest, orange peel, citrus, cherry, juniper, rosewater, rose, old roses, violet, honey, grain, Alpha-Bit cereal, fresh herbs, grassy, fresh cut grass, cucumber, celery salt, pine boards, pine, cedar, fresh linen.
Palate: Citrus, bergamot, lemon zest, tangerine zest, punch, gulkand rose petal jam, rosewater, floral, juniper berries, Earl Grey tea, lemongrass, grassy, cucumber, mint, coriander, spice, peppery, Alpha-bits cereal, chalky, clay, juniper ash, wet stone.
Finish: Grated lime, tangerine, citrus, Juicy Fruit gum, rosewater, rose, mint, Earl Grey tea, juniper ash, saffron, mild pepper, peppercorns, peppery, spicy, clay, chalky, mineral, wet stone.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Nordisk Polar Bear Gin



St. Augustine New World Gin
(St. Augustine Distillery, FL) 94° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemonade, lemon pith, lime, lime zest, citrus, big citrus, citrus peel, soft juniper, piney juniper, floral juniper, violet, floral, herbal, spearmint, eucalyptus, celery, tarragon, wet stone, fresh.
Palate: Dried lemon peel, citrus, lemon-lime soda, lime zest, lemon poppy cake, lemon spice, sweet berry, juniper, juniper berry, cracked juniper, rosewater, floral, herbal, menthol, anise, celery seed, cardamom, coriander, brown spices, spicy, peppercorn, black pepper, peppery, grain, pine, nice sweetness, smooth.
Finish: Lemon, citrus, vanilla, wintermint, faint licorice, celery seed, poppy, toasted sage, cloves, spice, peppery, resin, mineral, stone, balanced, nice, smooth, bright, great straight up.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



St. Augustine New World Gin



Handen Tank Line Original Gin
(JKLM Distilling Partners, WI) 88° prf

Nose: Lemon, limeade, citrus, tangerine, lime rickey, lemon peel, 7-UP, lemon verbena, orange & cream, berry, sweet cherry, dried cherry, cherry mint, rosewater, hibiscus, floral juniper, grassy, anise, cinnamon, cinnamon bark, cardamom, cloves, wet stones, mild pine.
Palate: Lemon, lemon peel, orange, orange peel, dried orange, lime rind, citrus, Lime Runts, Lemon Drop, honey, rose, lemongrass, grassy, juniper, dried juniper, anise, fennel, licorice, black licorice, sandalwood, wintermint, mint, menthol, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin seed, coriander seed,betel nut, peppery spice, pink pepper, black peppercorn, mineral, bark, woody, smoothly balanced.
Finish: Citrus, sweet citrus, lime zest, juniper, wintermint, lemon verbena, fruity candy, vanilla, floral, cinnamon, clove, cardamom, sweet spices, spicy pepper, cigar box, resin, slate, limestone, mineral, awesome.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Handen Tank Line Original Gin



Solar Spirits London Dry Gin
(Solar Spirits, WA) Gluten free. 90° prf

Nose: Fresh juniper, herbal juniper, piney juniper, ripe papaya, mango, dried cherry, lemon peel, lime peel, marmalade, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, creme brulée, creamy, honey, honeycomb, vanilla, popcorn, rose, violet, lavender, sweet cinnamon, cloves, allspice, slight pepper, bark, cedar, cotton balls.
Palate: Limeade, bright citrus, orange peel, lemon curd, mango, figs, dried berries, prunes, dried fruit, fruitcake, butterscotch, buttery, pastry dough, pistachio, grain, violet, floral, subtle juniper, anise, cinnamon, cassia, clove, rye seed, pink peppercorns, tea, light pine, piney, rainwater, Christmas gin..
Finish: Citrus bomb, bright lime peel, dried cherry, caramel, fresh violet, anise, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, winter spice, cardamom, rye seed, mineral, wet stone, arabesque, nice, delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Solar Spirits London Dry Gin



Corgi Spirits Earl Grey Gin
(Corgi Spirits, NJ) 80° prf

Nose: Lemon, lime rind, marmalade, ginger, caramel, honey, raisins, subtle dried fruit, orange blossom, herbs, Earl Grey tea, tea, black tea, chai, curry, peppers, wood, spice, bourbon barrel, camping, fireplace.
Palate: Lemon, orange, citrus, lemon verbena, ginger, spicy plum, raisins, dried prunes, honey, caramel, black tea, Earl Grey tea, orange pekoe, orange blossom, sweet tea, tea leaves, herbs, saffron, sweet spices, light peppercorn, dry leaves, wood grain, woody, balanced, smooth.
Finish: Bergamot, plum, dried citrus, soft mint, herbal, grassy, leafy, dry leaves, tea, sweet tea, honey, sweet spice, soft cinnamon, saffron, cumin, resin, smooth, love it.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Corgi Spirits Earl Grey Gin



Uncle Val's Restorative Gin
(3 Badge Beverage, OR) 90° prf

Nose: Lemon, lemon/lime soda, citrus, lemon verbena, tangerine, watermelon/honeydew, mango, lemon cream, sweet cream, cream, vanilla icing, creamy vanilla, dates, honey, spice cake, Juicy Fruit gum, lilac, lavender, violet blossoms, dried flowers, almond, sweet spice, subtle spearmint, celery, butterfly bush, bright.
Palate: Lemon peel, lime zest, citrus, lemon curd, watermelon, honeydew melon, vanilla fudge, pastry, violet, lavender, blossoms, rose blossom, floral, botanical, juniper, cracked juniper, grass, vegetal, almond, nutty, cardamom, baking spices, pink peppercorn, white pepper, nicely balanced, rich, creamy, smooth.
Finish: Vanilla bean, creamy vanilla bean, juniper, light tangerine, rose, lavender, dried violet, floral, wintermint, grassy, nutty, light peppercorn, mineral, limestone, slate stones, wind draft, really delicious.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Uncle Val's Restorative Gin



Swallowtail Navy Strength Gin
(Swallowtail Spirits, OR) 114° prf

Nose: Lime, citrus, tropical fruit, dates, juniper, piney juniper, floral juniper, floral hops, herbs, tea, carrot, celery, celery salt, rosemary, cinnamon, wintermint, menthol, mineral, smoky.
Palate: Lemon peel, juniper, bright piney juniper, juniper forward, rose, almond cake, carrot, celery seed, strong mint, menthol, anise, black licorice, peppery spice, black pepper, strong chalk, heavy tannins, navy strength, zesty, great for gin & tonic.
Finish: Citrus, juniper, mushrooms, anise, mint, eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon, spicy, white pepper, peppery, mineral, bright pine, zesty, silky, smooth, classic.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Swallowtail Navy Strength Gin



Spirits of French Lick Old Tom Gin
(Spirits of French Lick, IN) 90° prf

Nose: Bright lemon fruit, citrus, lemon marmalade, sweet lemon curd, Juicy Juice, honey, apple pie, cherry, rose blossoms, rose, rose water, fresh violets, floral juniper, spicy juniper, pistachio, almond, grain, herbal, mint, fennel, cinnamon, cloves, load of pine, tequila.
Palate: Lemon, bergamot, orange oil, lemon poppy cake, apple pie, floral juniper, violet, rose, honeycomb, peaches, cherry, corn, almond, anise, fennel, celery seed, grassy, mint, menthol, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cardamom, spice, white pepper, peppercorn, pink peppercorn, mineral, zesty, lively.
Finish: Orange peel, dried citrus, candied fruit, cherry, custard, lemon poppy cake, fresh violets, rose, floral, honeycomb, nutty, pistachio oil, fennel, eucalyptus, menthol, cinnamon, very peppery, earthy, mineral, pretty.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Spirits of French Lick Old Tom Gin



Tiger Gin
(The Shropshire Gin Company, England, UK) 80° prf

Nose: Citrus, orange, juniper, floral, potpourri, cucumber, mint, clove, Christmas candles, pine, delicate.
Palate: Lemon, citrus, honey, creamy, cake frosting, floral, juniper, mint, eucalyptus, cucumber, mineral, cedar, clean.
Finish: Juniper, vanilla, peppery, pine, balanced, accessible, soft, smooth, refreshing.


Gold Medal
Gold medal



Tiger Gin

 

 



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