Best Inexpensive Gin & Genever

219177
The Art of the Still
Gin
Clear color. Fresh, herbal aromas and flavors of lavender sachet, juniper berries and spruce tips, fresh linen and rosemary, and fresh lemon with a velvety, bright, dryish light body and a tingling, interesting, long coriander and chamomile, vanilla bean, orange marmalade, and pink peppercorn finish. A rich, long finish makes this a excellent contemporary martini gin.
94 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219458
Alder Creek
Gin
Clear color. Herbal aromas of juniper berries, rosemary, alfalfa sprouts, and celery soda with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length ginger powder, orange zest, candied violet flowers, and spice cake finish. A powdery gin with fresh green flavors and a sense of sophisticated understatement.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214790
Broker’s
London Dry Gin
Brilliant clear color. Faint, floral aromas of herb nut muffin, powdered honey, and tropical and chamomile tea with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy orange spice cake, licorice, pepper, and chalk finish. A rock solid gin with a fine balance of juniper, herbs and fruit.
91 points $22.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209748
G&J Greenall’s
Gin
Clear color. Mild aromas of lemon herb muffin and cream with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long white blossoms, peppery spices, orange-juniper candy, and sandalwood finish. A refined and stylish gin with a mild juniper profile and a great texture.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214435
3 Howls
Navy Strength Gin
Clear color. Curious aromas and flavors of spicy pickle juice and teriyaki sauce, white pepper, pine needle, and hint of lacquer with a velvety, tangy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, compelling, long menthol mint lozenge, macerated citrus, hot peppers, and cola float finish. A solid overproof gin we good balanced and some interesting twists.
89 points $25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209750
Swordsman
Gin
Clear color. Delicate, woody aromas of pine tree, forest floor, and honeyed peppercorns with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long sweet custard, juniper, pepper dust, and chalk finish. An elegant and nuanced gin that will be great in martinis.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208843
Seagram’s
Extra Dry Gin
Clear color. Bright aromas of nougat, fruit custard pastry, juniper, and sweet cream with a body and a warming, medium-long pine sap, juniper jelly, pepper, and spring mineral water finish. A fun, flavor packed gin.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214690
BULLDOG
Gin
Clear color. Muted, fruity aromas and flavors of mango-papaya relish, spiced kiwi and melon, and tapioca with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a graceful, swift citrus powder and cream, lemon-cranberry scone, confectioner’s sugar, and rose water finish. A pleasant easy-drinking fruity gin that will appeal to vodka drinkers.
88 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209865
Heritage Distilling Co.
Elk Rider Crisp Gin
Clear color. Bold, piney, medicinal aromas of pine sap and cone, herb sprouts, turpentine, and polished wood with a supple, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a peppery, subtle, medium-long citrus gelato, pepper, and tree bark finish. A brash, piney gin will punch through any cocktail.
88 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218675
Royal Special
London Dry Gin
Clear color. Citrusy, clean aromas of lime rind, fennel seed, ginger powder, and caraway and green peppercorn with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, captivating, breezy fresh juniper, pine, lavender, and grapefruit oil finish. A fresh, clean, and crowd-pleasing gin.
87 points $4 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab