Welcome to our mini gin reviews page, where you’ll find all our brief gin reviews. These are the gins we’ve tried and tasted but that don’t have a dedicated full review (yet!) Here you’ll find mini gin reviews for:

  • Ableforth Gin
  • Aviation Gin
  • Botanist Gin
  • Broker’s Gin
  • Eden Mill Love Gin
  • Monkey 47 Gin
  • Opihr Gin
  • Tanqueray Gin
  • Ungava Gin

Don’t forget that all our main gin reviews can be found in our gin library, the A-Z gin reviews page.

Gin price range guide:

G        Standard gin  [usually up to USD $35 / GBP £25 /CAD $45 for 70cl*]

GG      Mid-range gin [usually up to USD $50 / GBP £35 / CAD $60 for 70cl*]

GGG   Premium gin  [usually over USD $50 / GBP £35 / CAD $60 for 70cl*]

*Please do check bottle size and exact price when ordering; we’ve converted to price per 70cl bottle (the most common size) for price comparison purposes, but bottle sizes do vary. Also, please note that both ABV and price may vary slightly between marketplace too. That’s globalisation and local taste for you.

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Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin review

Name: Ableforth’s Bathtub Gin

Country of origin: England

Price guide: GG

Goes well with: Tonic

Sample botanicals: Juniper; cinnamon; clove; cardamom

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 43.3%

In the UK, you can buy Ableforth’s from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, although they don’t have Ableforth’s, you can buy gin from Drizly by clicking here.

This gin is one of a range of Ableforth’s gins that area available. The ‘Bathtub Gin’ style is a real cracker.  We love the old-school packaging; it’s wrapped, strung and wax-sealed (by hand).

We loved this gin. It’s a clean gin with some spicy notes. It’s produced using a method called cold compounding (part of the gin is infused with the botanicals then blended back in). We think that method really enhances the flavour. We definitely preferred it with tonic though. The wide range of Ableforth gins allow you to try something a bit different too, but they all come with the same stylish appearance.

Aviation Gin review

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Name: Aviation Gin

Country of origin: USA

Price guide: GG

Goes well with: Tonic; elderflower tonic; grapefruit

Sample botanicals: Juniper; cardamom; lavender; sarsaparilla

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 42%

In the UK, you can buy Aviation from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Aviation Gin from Drizly by clicking here

This is the gin from Portland that Ryan Reynolds liked so much he bought the company. Or a significant stake of it at least. It describes itself as a ‘renegade’ type of gin, perhaps it’s not unsurprising that this is Ryan Reynold’s favourite gin (or favorite for our large Amercian readership…what’s a missing ‘u’ between global gin lovers?)

A bold gin in that it takes quite a different path from ‘traditional’ gins. It’s a gin that hans’t been scared to tackle the dominance of the juniper taste, and is part of the emerging ‘New Western Dry’ style in this regard. Think floral and spice and you’re not far away for the style here, but we think it’s quite unique and sampling it has led to different taste experiences.

We say: “Well worth a go if not tried before. Like Ryan Reynolds it’s an acquired taste, but we like it. And Mr Reynolds. Enjoyed best with Deadpool. Or elderflower tonic”

Botanist Gin review

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Name: The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

Country of origin: Scotland

Price guide: GG

Goes well with: Neat; tonic; ginger ale

Sample botanicals: Juniper; coriander; aniseed

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 46%

In the UK, you can buy The Botanist from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy The Botanist from Drizly by clicking here

This gin is from the island of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland. Islay isn’t pronounced how it looks. The ‘y’ is silent and, even then, the ‘is’ isn’t pronounced ‘is’. It’s more of an ‘iyh-la’. No matter, this gin is a fantastic blend of nine botanicals and over twenty locally foraged herbs.

The gin tastes fresh and smooth. Surprisingly, we didn’t find it to have much of a floral taste despite all those botanicals and herbs. It’s actually made by the same distillery as Bruichladdich whisky, but has nothing of that pattern at all (we find Bruichladdich to be one of the stronger tasting drams). We’ve had it neat over ice, and it went well with a touch of ginger ale too.

We say: “Forget trying to pronounce the name of the island of Islay, and don’t even try Bruichladdich. Sit back and enjoy a super-smooth gin instead.”

Broker’s Gin review


Name: Broker’s Gin

Country of origin: England

Price guide: G

Goes well with: Tonic

Sample botanicals: Juniper; orris root; angelica root

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 40%

In the UK, you can buy Broker’s Gin from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Broker’s Gin from Drizly by clicking here

From the heart of England comes this traditional gin. We love the top hat on the bottle, although doubt we would suit it as well as the owners do.

To taste, this is a really-well balanced gin. We didn’t really get much of anything coming through, but that’s not a criticism (and others may well do). Actually, we decided to water this one down with less tonic on second tasting and that worked well. We’re less convinced by drinking neat. However you enjoy it, this gin is an absolute steal for the price. We think it tastes better than many more premium (premium in terms of price at least) gins.

We say: “A real gem of a gin at a very reasonable price point. Try with just a little tonic and a slice of lime.”

Eden Mill Love Gin review

Name: Eden Mill Love Gin

Country of origin: Scotland

Price guide: GGG

Goes well with: Neat; tonic; elderflower tonic

Sample botanicals: Juniper; coriander; rhubarb root; goji berry

Bottle size: 50cl

ABV: 42%

In the UK, you can buy Eden Mill from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Eden Mill from Drizly by clicking here

Perhaps as it sounds (and looks) a bit like a novelty product for seduction, this small bottle of gin is lovely and subtle. The packaging is great, as with all Eden Mill gin. The bottle looks fantastic.

The subtle taste of this gin is quite floral and natural. There’s nothing overpowering here. Perhaps because of the goji berry and rhubarb root in here there was a slight pink tinge to this gin. There are also hibiscus flowers infused post distillation. We see now where the ‘love’ moniker comes from. It’s definitely quite a sweet gin, and probably not one for lovers of more potent botanicals. We got fragrant vanilla notes coming through.

We say: “We love the love gin. We think best served neat with or without ice, and without any strong citrus fruits.”

Monkey 47 Gin review

 

Name: Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Country of origin: Germany

Price guide: GGG

Goes well with: Tonic; elderflower tonic

Sample botanicals: Juniper; cranberries; coriander; liquorice

Bottle size: 50cl

ABV: 47%

In the UK, you can buy Monkey from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Monkey from Drizly by clicking here

This is a relatively expensive gin but, my word, does it deliver on taste. It’s quite a small bottle too. It distilled to 47% and has 47 (yes, 47) botanicals. It’s a gin from Germany that has a hist of perfectionism about it. That’s no bad thing. Some of the botanicals, including local cranberries, are foraged from the Black Forest area.

This gin is complex. That’s maybe not surprising given the 47 botanicals. Our overwhelming taste sensation was of juniper and citrus flavours. There was also a hint of pine in there too. We preferred it with tonic, but it matched well neat over ice with grapefruit too.

We say: “A triumph of German distilling. There’s no faulting the effort that’s gone into this or the taste that results.”

Opihr Gin review

Name: Opihr Oriental Spiced London Dry Gin

Country of origin: England

Price guide: GG

Goes well with: Elderflower tonic; tonic; ginger ale

Sample botanicals: Juniper; coriander; black pepper; cubebs

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 40%

In the UK, you can buy Opihr from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Opihr from Drizly by clicking here

This is a gin that wears it’s colours very clearly. The bottle sports a tassle. There’s probably a more accurate word than tassle, but we couldn’t think of one. A gin that can clear the pipes and can’t be accused of being short on taste.

A really different gin and the oriental influence is very clear. Quite a pungent gin own the nose, we really got the coriander and pepper coming through. This isn’t one for the faint-hearted, but great if (like us) you like a bit of hit from your gin. After trying with elderflower tonic, which worked well, we ventured onto ginger ale as a mixer. Both were good, but the ginger ale just matched this taste brilliantly and was the clear winner for us. We’ve also seen a suggestion that this would pair well served with sprig of rosemary. We haven’t tried that yet but it could certainly work; this is a big flavour gin that needs something that can match it.

We say: “Doesn’t fail to deliver on a taste of the Orient. A rumbustious peppery taste that is a great match for ginger ale.”

Tanqueray Gin review

 

Name: Tanqueray Dry London Gin

Country of origin: Scotland

Price guide: G

Goes well with: Neat; tonic; elderflower tonic; ginger ale

Sample botanicals: Juniper; coriander; angelica root; liquorice

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 43.1%

In the UK, you can buy Tanqueray from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Tanqueray from Drizly by clicking here

This gin is really popular in the United States but, perhaps surprisingly, doesn’t have quite such a strong following in the UK. It’s a top-seller in the the American market. Please note that the ABV does vary for this gin between the various markets too. We tasted ours in Majorca, Spain.

This gin is based on a secret recipe. It’s a bit of a pity that only four of the botanicals are known, although that does give for an interesting guessing game. What do you taste in there? We find Tanquerary particularly good for gin and tonic although, actually, it’s also a bit of an all-rounder. It certainly is on the dry side of the taste spectrum, but we’ve also had this one neat over ice with a slice of grapefruit. Others have suggested it’s a gin that goes with elderflower tonic or ginger ale too.

We say: “A top selling gin in the USA that seems to have generally not been tried by others. A really good all-rounder to have.”

Ungava Gin review

Name: Ungava Canadian Premium Gin

Country of origin: Canada

Price guide: GG

Goes well with: Neat; tonic; grapefruit

Sample botanicals: Juniper; Labrador tea; crowberry; rosehips

Bottle size: 70cl

ABV: 43.1%

In the UK, you can buy Ungava from Amazon by clicking here

In the US/Canada, you can buy Ungava from Drizly by clicking here

Despite the slightly unfortunate hue of this gin, don’t be fooled by appearances. This is a Canadian gin that isn’t afraid to be different. It’s a unique gin with a unique taste.

This gin made us say a little “oooh” on first taste. Not a bad “oooh”, just a “that’s a bit different” type of oooh. It really grew on us. The berries in this (crowberry and cloudberry, both of which were new to whichgin.com tasters) make for what we considered to be a complex gin. We really liked the fact it tasted both sweet and almost sour in the mouth. Perhaps sour isn’t even the right term; tart might be better. The recommended accompaniment is a slice of grapefruit – we agree.

We say: “A unique Canadian gin that makes your mouth water. Some tonic and a slice of grapefruit makes for a hugely rewarding experience.”

Those are all our mini gin reviews for now. As noted, our full gin review list is on this page. Please do let us know in the comments below, or at contact@whichgin.com if you have a gin you’d like us to review!

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