Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ll know gin is having a very longgggg moment! With 2020 well underway, this spirit is showing no signs of slowing down so with its popularity soaring, Luxe Bible thought we better undertake the painstaking job task of tasting ALL of these gins (and a few others which didn’t make the cut) all in the name of finding you a list of The Coolest Gins of 2020. Let’s be-GIN.
58 Gin – Apple and Hibiscus
A relatively new discovery for Luxe Bible, we’ve fallen in love with 58 Gin Apple and Hibiscus who say their gin is made from the heart. Through straight forward sourcing and simple techniques, 58 Gin based is beneath the railway arches in Haggerston, uses sustainable ingredients, and during lockdown, dedicated their business to making hand sanitiser. Anyway, enough about how awesome they are, what about the gin? Well aside from having one of the most beautiful bottles we’ve ever seen, the apple and hibiscus with its pink hue, tastes of sweet juicy apples and floral hibiscus notes is also free from artificial sugars and sweeteners. It’s fresh, and balanced without being overpowering, and has a delicious smooth finish. Botanicals include pink grapefruit, angelica and vanilla and we loved drinking ours with tonic and a slice of citrus. Available from their very cool website 58Gin priced at £34 for a 70cl bottle, 43% ABV.
Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin
Chapel Down’s beautifully British vineyards in Kent are home to award winning wine, but they also make the most amazing gins including Chapel Down Bacchus Gin and our favourite – Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin. Produced using pinot noir skins, this gin has the most beautiful pink hue, and is blended with wheat spirit for a highly aromatic balance of juniper, red berries and citrus. Its gorgeous bottle has a crystal decanter style design, while the frosted upper half looks just like a wine bottle. With fruity, juicy berries on the nose, juniper and citrus with floral aromatics and a slight spice to taste and a crisp, refreshing finish, Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin is amazing when mixed into fruity, summery cocktails. 70cl 41.2% ABV. Available from Majestic priced at £40.
Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin
A lot of gins can taste quite samey and that’s where Bobby’s Scchiedam Dry Gin stands well apart from the rest! A combo of ‘Dutch courage mixed with Indonesian spirit’, Bobby’s Shiedam celebrates the shared history of the two countries which goes back over 150 years. With over 25% of Dutch people having family links with Indonesia, the founders of this lively gin also have a Dutch father, and Indonesian mother.
Bobby’s Schiedam is a great dry gin for the winter months. It’s a spicy, weighty gin which suits the Christmas festivities very well with its blend of whole clove, cinnamon, cubeb pepper, lemongrass, rose hips, fennel and coriander. You can feel the hit at the back of the throat which resembles a warm hug on a chilly night, and while there are those peppery, firey notes, there’s still a hint of citrus and a base of juniper for those unmistakable ginny vibes.
The bottle is a beautiful one, taking pride of place amongst plainer looking bottles of spirits – fusing together a classic Dutch ‘kruik’ bottle with a traditional ‘ikat’ Indonesian design, while the recipe is an original, passed down by the founders’ grandfather Bobby, who emigrated to Holland in the 50’s but missed the spices from his homeland.
Available from masterofmalt.com priced at £37.99 for a 70cl bottle, with a heady 42% ABV.
Martin Miller’s SUMMERFUL Gin
A gin bursting with freshness and created especially for the warmer months (perfect for our mini heatwave this week), Martin Miller’s SUMMMERFUL Gin is a gorgeous combo of English and Icelandic heritage and while it’s distilled here in the UK, the gin is blended with the purest Icelandic spring water for that soft, melt-in-the-mouth signature feel. With citrus and juniper, a third distillation introduces Arctic thyme and rosemary into the mix for a flowery bouquet which oozes with clean, earthy notes of lemon, pine and mint. The bottle is stunning, making it a fabulous gift, and this gin is best served in a balloon glass, topped with Fever-Tree tonic, an orange garnish, and of course, a sprig of rosemary. Divine.
You need a vintage drinks trolley to display this one! Pinkster Gin is made from juicy gin-soaked raspberries and boy can you taste them! Not only is the Pinkster bottle a super cool one, they’ve got the delicate colour just right, along with the right balance of sweetness. With no added sugar, it’s a smooth rounded flavour produced with eight botanicals – five of which are part of the original recipe and used at the beginning of the process and three which are added during maceration. As the website says, all you need is ‘a sprig of well-spanked fresh mint’… Absolute heaven, in a glass. Available from M&S, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Majestic Wine, Ocado, 31Dover.com, Master of Malt and Pinkster Gin. (70 cl / 37.5% ABV).
Making the perfect gift for gin fans, or if you fancy getting creative yourself, Bombay Creations are four cute gin liquers which have been naturally flavoured to really tickle the tastebuds.
With a mouthwatering collection of rose, hibiscus, raspberry and strawberry, they will complement rather than drown out the gin, and will create a new and exciting G&T every time you try a new one! Serve 1 part gin in a glass filled with ice, along with three parts tonic and a splash of your chosen liquer for the ultimate personalised drink! 4 x 5cl, 20% ABV £12 from Ocado.
‘A Taste of France’ with New Provencal Gin from QVT Dry Gin
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a ginnoisseur, here’s a new one you have to try! QVT’s new Provencal Gin not only has a gorgeous sleek white bottle that any vintage drinks trolley would be proud to host, but it’s already picked up two awards for being THAT amazing. QVT’s first hand crafted spirit captures the true essence of beautiful Provence and includes botanicals such as juniper, lavender, rose-flower, rosemary, coriander seeds, pine and grape. With the spirit makers all dedicated to creating small batches of this deliciousness, you’ll be transported to an idyllic spot in South East France as you sip your gin and take in the views of the Med. All we need now is a late heatwave…! QVT Dry Gin is available now from Southern Wines, RRP £36.60. (ABV 43.7%)
Mermaid Pink Gin
From The Isle of Wight Distillery comes possibly the most beautiful gin bottle we’ve ever seen! Mermaid Pink Gin’s sculpted scale bottle is environmentally friendly and oozes lusciousness. Combining the classic flavour of original Mermaid Gin with lemon zest, grains of paradise and rock samphire, this new twist infuses island grown juicy strawberries from the island’s Arreton Valley which are steeped for four days in the distillery for a gin which is just delicious. Without too much sweetness, you’ll get a smooth balanced flavour with vibrant citrus, earthy notes, aromatic on the nose and a rounded finish. As if this gin could get any better, The Isle of Wight Distillery have also banished plastic, bubble wrap and plastic sealing tape from the packaging process plus it’s vegan and gluten-free. We LOVE it. £40.00 for 70cl, 38% ABV. From Marks and Spencer.
Bombay Sapphire will tell you themselves – they’re ‘the world’s most famous gin’ and no gin list would be complete without it! That beautiful blue bottle exudes gin quality, and the flavour, with 10 hand-selected botanicals from far flung exotic global locations including juniper berries from Italy, almonds from Spain and Liquorice from China make this gin a winner on its own or when mixed into heady delicious cocktails! Vapour infused, Bombay Sapphire is smooth on the palate as botanical after botanical unleashes its distinct taste with bold juniper leading the way. A true classic with floral notes for a lighter gin. 70cl, 40% ABV.
The Artisan Drinks Company
Making a big difference to the mixer market, Northumberland based The Artisan Drinks Company have created delicious mixers which taste amazing with gin and are made from 100% natural ingredients. Unusual and imaginative flavours of the name of the game here and you can look forward to enjoying your favourite spirit with anything from violet blossom tonic to pink citrus. Literally mouthwatering. If opal fruits did drinks… In colourful bottles (and definitely taking inspiration from Luxe Bible’s fave artist – Andy Warhol), these mixers stand out a mile! Look out for them in a watering hole near you. They’re definitely raising the bar!
Caorunn Scottish Raspberry Gin
Caorunn Scottish Raspberry Gin has flavour like no other – created in the world’s only working copper berry chamber, where five locally foraged Celtic botanicals are married with six traditional gin botanicals to make something rather special.
Having launched the special gin to celebrate Caorunn’s 10 year anniversary, you get the combo of a delicious, crisp Caorunn gin with a hint of sweet natural raspberry. And no, this one isn’t pink! A crystal clear colour just like its pure flavour. 41.80% ABV, 50cl available from Amazon priced at £21.
Cranes Cranberry Gin
Smooth, fruity and sharp! Just how we like our flavoured gin to taste! Cranes Cranberry Gin is handcrafted in beautiful Cambridgeshire in small batches, bursting with premium juicy cranberries for a natural taste without sugars or artificial flavours. Fruity and crisp on the nose, lively and fresh on the palate with a smack of juniper, and a dry finish, 50 of the finest cranberries go into every 70cl bottle for a harmonious marrying of gin and berry. 37.5% ABV, 70cl, available from Ocado and Amazon.
Paul Smith Sipsmith Gin
Sipsmith – one of the coolest gins on the market (and not just because they invite gin enthusiasts to visit their awesome distillery all the time), has gone one step further with an amazing designer partnership. Adorning the Paul Smith signature stripes on the limited edition bottle are just the beginning though! Not only does Paul Smith Sipsmith Gin, look the business, it’s also tastes it! Complex and aromatic, but smooth and sophisticated, this London Dry Gin is traditionally hand crafted with botanicals like Spanish ground almond and Madagascan cinnamon bark has floral notes on the nose, juniper, orange and lemon on the palate and a dry, spicy finish. 1L, 41.6% ABV. Available from Selfridges priced at £49.99 and in Waitrose from the 18th March until the end of April in a 70cl bottle priced at £28.50.
Lonewolf Cloudy Lemon by Brewdog
That’s what we like! Gin with some serious bite! If you’re serious about gin, then you just have to try Lonewolf Cloudy Lemon by Brewdog which gets its sharp kick courtesy of Sicilian lemon peel which is infused for a full seven days. With hints of lavender, lemongrass and and grapefruit peel, this is one Lonewolf not to be messed with! With punchy lemony aromas on the nose, punchy citrus, pine and juniper to taste, and a long finish! Tastes sooooo g reat in a g&t – get ready for the gin haze! 70cl, 40% ABV available from Waitrose for £21.
Boodles Mulberry Gin
A truly British gin dating back to 1845 and named after Boodles Gentlemen’s Club in London, Boodles Gin which was said to be a favourite of member Sir Winston Churchill, have given their classic a new interpretation with Boodles Mulberry. What we love most about this gin is that you can warm it in winter and drink it cold in summer, and the unique flavour combines delicious mulberries with juicy raspberries and currants along with botanicals like rosemary, nutmeg and sage. A sloe gin in a classic, classy bottle balanced and complex. Perfect any time of the year. 30% ABV, 70cl