About German SPIRITS

The spirits industry is a strong and varied one in Germany. Most famous are the brandies and eau-de-vie, made from fruits such as cherry, pear and apple. The term schnapps can refer to an eau-de-vie or it can simply mean a strong alcoholic drink.

There are also vodkas (flavored and unflavored), London-style gins and whiskeys produced in Germany. Most are consumed locally; few are exported outside Europe.
Top Picks for Germany
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Elephant Gin
Elephant Strength Gin
Clear color. Vegetal, spicy aromas of zucchini, steak seasoning, rose sachet and basil, and apple jacks and anise with a round, lively, fruity sweet medium body and a peppery, amusing, medium-length sweet lemon blossom, grilled nectarine, mint cream, and lilac water finish. A vibrant, very well-balanced over-proof gin that is surprisingly smooth, even neat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Elephant Gin
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Lively, green, herbal complex aromas and flavors of lemon grass and coriander, menthol mint, dried citrus and berries, and cola with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long resinous juniper, sweet and peppery spices, creamy berry bread pudding, and dried flower and chalk finish. A vivacious, multilayered gin with a great range and integration of flavors.
94 points $37.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Monkey 47
Schwarzwald Dry Gin
Clear color. Delicate, interesting aromas of ginger snaps, key lime pie, cedar spice rack, and yams with a soft, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, long honeyed juniper, kumquat marmalade, pine, and mentho-mint finish. A superbly flavorful and versatile with great purity and length.
93 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Elephant Gin
German Sloe Gin
Cloudy garnet color. Delicate, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of spicy pie crust, sour cherry compote, and chocolate berries with a lightly tannic, crisp, moderately sweet medium-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length herbs, peppercorns, berry tea, and medicinal roots and bark finish. A well made sloe gin with a nice pepper finish.
89 points $37.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab