About Flavored Gin

About Flavored Gin
All gins are flavored, however Flavored Gin is a white spirit that is flavored with juniper berries and so-called botanicals (a varied assortment of herbs and spices) and additional fruit or floral flavors or essences. The spirit base of Gin is primarily grain (usually wheat or rye), which results in a light-bodied spirit.

The chief flavoring agent in Gin is the highly aromatic blue-green berry of the juniper, a low-slung evergreen bush (genus Juniperus) that is commercially grown in northern Italy, Croatia, the United States and Canada. Additional botanicals can include anise, angelica root, cinnamon, orange peel, coriander, and cassia bark. All Gin makers have their own secret combination of botanicals, the number of which can range from as few as four to as many as 15.

Top Picks for Flavored Gin

Zephyr Elderberry Black London Dry Gin
93 points
Clear color. Lively, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of alpine herb lozenge, berry custard, and lemon and orange blossoms with a soft, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, long Buddha’s hand, bergamot, juniper jelly on raisin toast, and pink pepper and chalk finish. A wonderful melange of fruit, herb, and floral tones that will be fun to mix with.
93 points $34.99
Jackelope & Jenny Pear Gin
92 points
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe Bartlett pear and honey cream with a silky, soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-length lemon poppyseed muffin finish. A fun, pure pear flavored gin with low juniper character for vodka drinkers.
Elephant Gin German Sloe Gin
89 points
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
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
Jackelope & Jenny Aged Pear Gin
88 points
Pale golden straw color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of Bartlett pear cider and pie and delicate spices with a silky, bright, off-dry medium body and a warming, compelling, breezy peppery spices, pear custard, and honeyed herb muffin finish. A very pear flavored gin for summer cocktails.
Seagram’s Twisted Lime Gin
85 points
Clear color. Rich aromas and flavors of key lime pie with a glycerous, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, carefree finish displaying overtones of meringue, lime Jell-O, and delicate herb bread. A fun, zesty lime flavored gin that will mix well.
Awards: 2014 Best Buy Bar - Best Value US Fruit Flavored Gin under $15
Seagram’s Twisted Peach Gin
84 points
Clear color. Rich aromas and flavors of peach skin and peach sorbet with a glycerous, bright, off-dry medium body and an engaging, breezy finish with suggestions of minerals, pepper, and bubblegum. A fun peach flavored spirit.
Seagram’s Twisted Melon Gin
82 points
Clear color. Bright aromas of honeydew melon rind, wax candy, and cucumber peel with a supple, shy, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk pepper spice, fruit stripe gum wrapper, mint whip cream, and soapy finish. A pleasant melon flavored spirit.
Seagram’s Twisted Red Berry Gin
80 points
Clear color. Bright, fruity aromas of berry powdered drink mix and cherry cough drop with a lightly tannic, shy, fruity thin body and a warming, brisk waxy gum wrapper, pepper, and diet berry water finish.
Seagram’s Twisted Pineapple Gin
80 points
Clear color. Fruity aromas and flavors of canned pineapple slices and tropical lifesavers with a supple, soft, off-dry light-to-medium body and a brisk finish evoking accents of pineapple wax candy and chalk. A pleasant pineapple spirit for mixing.