You’ve heard of fine vintage wine and rare aged whiskey. Well with gin so popular at the moment, even the most exquisite gin drinker will get bored sometimes, and some of us want a gin that other’s can’t have!
So I’ve compiled a list of some of the most elite, finely crafted gins to have a drool over. Some may be within budget, some you can only dream of!
Anty Gin is a project gin brought to you by The Cambridge Distillery in partnership with the Nordic Food Lab. It’s self-classed as the world’s most innovative gin, and is the first gin to be made with, you guessed it, ANTS!
The essence of approximately 62 red wood ants, along with hand-foraged botanicals including juniper, wildwood avens and nettle that complement the sharp citrus notes created by distilling the ants.
A 5cl dropper bottle of pure ant distillate is also provided for you to experience the unique flavour of the formica rufa in isolation – or to intensify the citrus notes in an Anty Gin & tonic.
Available to buy on Master of Malt
Nolelets Reserve Gin
Carolus Nolet, Sr., tenth generation owner of Nolet Distillery, was inspired to create a totally unique gin. Nolet dedicated more than four decades of his life to perfecting Nolet’s Reserve Dry Gin. This gin gives the essence of a variety of botanicals, such as spicy saffron and citrussy verbena
Nolet’s Reserve is classed as a “sipping” gin, so there’s no need for the tonic here! To ensure the highest standards of quality, Carolus Sr. personally tastes and approves every batch before it is bottled. Each bottle is individually numbered by hand and presented in a distinguished gift box. Available to buy online on Nolet’s website.
More information, reservebar.com
Watenshi “The Japanese Angel” Gin
Originally launched in Selfridges in the UK by The Cambridge Distillery, who only create six bottles per batch. Their method is to limit the amount of spirit preserved using their pioneering distillation process, which yields just 15ml of spirit per distillation.
The result is a complex gin of amazing intensity, poured into a hand-blown decanter bottle and finished off with silver pieces by jeweller Antoine Sandoz, which has previously only been attainable by the finest single malts and significantly aged cognacs.
With notes of sweet citrus and spice, supported by bitter juniper and an incredibly long, complex finish. Available to buy in Selfridges in the Uk on every release, or for a taster, head to the Galgorm Resort and Spa as they have it in their Gin Library.
More information, cambridgedistillery.co.uk
Morus LXIV RRP
Brought to you by the highly qualified and quality UK gin makers Jamjar Gin, this exquisite gin looks as unique as its distilation process. Distilled from the leaves of a single, ancient mulberry tree, a single batch of this cask-strength gin takes more than two years of careful work to produce.
Hand-harvested and individually dried mulberry (Morus Nigra) leaves are prominent in this blend. Botanicals grown for generations are added, their soil nourished by the same age-old, underground stream. They are then bottled in hand made porcelain jars designed to get the most out of the gin, and finished with fine leather hide. Available exclusively in Harvey Nichols in the UK.
More information, morusgin.com
Silent Pool 9 Litre Bottle
The gin itself is not incredibly unique as it’s made up from the same famous Sussex top-quality gin from Silent Pool, but it’s in a humungous nine litre bottle! It was made to be put on display at Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, London. It is now available for sale, knocking the previous worlds most expensive Moris Gin off top spot.
The bottle is hand painted and features all the botanicals used such as Bosnian juniper berries, liquorice root, cassia bark, orris, bergamot, kaffir lime leaves & elderflower. Each batch is distilled in a handmade copper still, heated with a wood-fired steam boiler. Available in Hedonism Wines in Mayfair, London.
More information, silentpooldistillers.comJohn is a gin enthusiast whose passion for gin was born while working as an off-licence manager, where he started a blog to help spread the word of Irish gin to Ireland and the world.
On the weekends he loves to experiment with gins and craft cocktails at home and has changed his mind on his favourite gin over 40 times. He is still searching for his next favourite.