About Gin and Genever from France

About Gin  and  Genever from France
As with wine, French spirits are world famous and of exceptional quality. The types of spirits and liqueurs produced in France reads like a what's what of these categories. There are Cognacs and Armagnacs hat are the most refined and compelling of all brandies. In addition, you have herb liqueurs, spice liqueurs, fruit-based liqueurs, as well as dry and sweet vermouth. Eaux-de-vie, produced from wine grapes as well as fruit from Alsace, are among the best of their type found anywhere. There are also gins produced in France and as of recently, vodka as well. Products such as these may not be as well known as those from other countries, but the fact that they are products of France helps give them instant respect.

Top Picks for France

Gin and Genever

Nouaison Gin
96 points
Clear color. Minty aromas of spicy cinnamon candies, violet, peppermint, clove, and rosewood with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, complex, medium-long spice drop candies, juicy fruit gum, salted roasted pineapple, and sage finish. A woodsy gin that will add a sweet and balanced freshness to all manner of cocktails.
G’Vine Floraison Gin
95 points
Clear color. Confected aromas of watermelon candy, spumoni, ripe honeydew, sage, banana taffy, vanilla-lavender, and bubblegum with a silky, bright, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-long Douglas fir, white peppercorns, and Fuji apple finish. A boldly fruity gin with a great mouthfeel for contemporary cocktails and summertime fun.
Citadelle Gin
92 points
Clear color. Aromas of fresh lemon and grapefruit, aniseed, fresh pine cone, and clove with a velvety, crisp, dryish light body and a tingling, long peppermint nougat, pink peppercorns, sesame seed, and white tea finish. A fresh, smooth and pleasing gin that is an excellent choice for all manner of classic cocktails.
Diplôme Dry Gin Original 1945 Recipe
91 points
Clear color. Lively, green, herbal grainy aromas and flavors of resinous pine bark and mulch, herb bread, pepper, and fennel with a soft, bright, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long honeyed juniper, dried citrus peels, and dusty roots finish. A lovely, complex, and elegant gin with evolving layers of botanicals and spice.
MAGELLAN Iris Flavored Gin
88 points
Pale cobalt blue color. Aromas of mint mouthwash, geranium, and cedar pencil with an oily, lively, dryish light body and a warming, relaxed fresh spearmint, juniper candy, and lemon custard finish. A curiously festive gin for mixing.
88 points $29.99
Copley Gin
86 points
Best Buy
Clear color. Citrusy aromas of lemon bar with graham cracker crust, orange candy and grapefruit peel, violet, and white tea and black peppercorn with a lively, fruity light body and a breezy fresh lemon peel and lemondrop candy, cardamom, juniper berries, and orange jellies finish. A sweet lemon bomb of a gin for mixed drinks.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy