A couple of years back, we posted about some favorite new arrivals to the ever-growing gin market. Well, today, in honor of Memorial Day weekend (Southsides, Tom Collinses, Ramos Gin Fizzes, Gin and Tonics, Martinis, anyone?), we'd like to welcome a few more recent standouts - each one delectably mixable in its own way.
Death's Door Gin
Price: $35/750 ml
The Story: Hailing from Washington Island, Wisconsin, this gin is all local all the time. (Its ominous-sounding name doesn't refer to the spirit's after-effects, but to a nearby body of water.) Distilled from local wheat and malted barley and flavored with juniper berries that grow wild on the island, as well as locally-sourced organic coriander and fennel seeds. One percent of the company's annual revenue go to Great Lakes causes.
Flavor: Clean, simple, and direct. Juniper-forward with notes of coriander and fennel.
Farmer's Botanical Organic Gin
Price: $32/750 ml
The Story: From the makers of Crop Harvest Earth Vodka comes a certified USDA organic small-batch gin.
Flavor: The botanicals really shine through in this one: Besides juniper, we have elderflower, lemongrass, coriander, angelica root and other spicy, floral accents. Smooth, nuanced, and fragrant.
Nolet's Silver Dry Gin
Price: $49/750 ml
The Story: A new-style gin from an Old World maker. This fruity, floral gin is the latest tradition-breaking product to come from one of the oldest distilling families in Holland, who are also the makers of Ketel One vodka.
Flavor: Hendrick's lovers take note: Juniper takes a back seat here to floral and fruity flavors such as Turkish rose, peach, and raspberry. Soft and round and delicately fragrant, Nolet's makes an especially nice Martini when garnished with a raspberry.
Oxley Classic English Dry Gin
Price: $49/750 ml
The Story: Handmade in small batches, this premium gin is made with an innovative cold distillation process under sub-zero temperatures, which preserve the integrity of the botanicals flavoring the spirit. Elegantly packaged in a sleek bottle with a leather tie at its neck.
Flavor: Juniper-forward with crisp, clean citrus notes. Perfect in a classic Martini or for use in citrus-accented cocktails.
What's your favorite gin? Have you given any of these newcomers a try?
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Nora Maynard is a longtime home mixologist and an occasional instructor at NYC's Astor Center. She is a contributor to The Business of Food: Encyclopedia of the Food and Drink Industries and is the recipient of the American Egg Board Fellowship in culinary writing at the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow. She previously covered food and drink in film at The Kitchn in her weekly column, The Celluloid Pantry.
Related: Spotlight on Gin: Some New Favorites
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