With gin gaining in popularity and experiencing a ‘ginaissance’, the range of gin bottle designs has exploded. Read our countdown of the 10 best gin bottles on the world.
There are no criteria here, other than pure aesthetic beauty. The contents of the bottle, for once, don’t matter. You’d be happy to own these gins just because of their design.
We’ll not say that this has been an easy process. It’s taken a lot of trawling to come up with our list; and we’ve not tried all of these gins yet (well, one of them anyway). There have been disagreements (particularly on the top three – we had these in a few different positions until we reached a final consensus). Some bottles follow a more classic style, some are more left-field and unique. So, on with the countdown. In reverse order, we think the 10 best gin bottles are:
10 – Bombay Sapphire
We surprised ourselves by having Bombay Sapphire in our top ten, but we love the classic lines and colour of the Bombay Sapphire gin bottle. As we said in our A-Z gin reviews, Bombay Sapphire was the introduction for many of us to a more sophisticated type of gin, so maybe the bottle brings back happy memories. Buy it from Amazon in the UK; or from Drizly in the US/Canada.
9 – Aviation Gin
We’re suckers for the monochrome retro styling of the Aviation gin bottle. This US gin from Portland is a fine example of substance and style. You need to add it to your life from Amazon in the UK; or from Drizly in the US/Canada.
8 – Hendrick’s Gin
A moody, dark bottle help Hendrick’s Gin stand out from the crowd in the design stakes. It’s instantly recognisable behind a bar. Buy this iconic bottle from Amazon in the UK; or from Drizly in the US/Canada.
7 – The Botanist Gin
A Scottish gin from the island of Islay, the bottle has classic lines and endless word searches on it, if that’s your thing. Perfect for finding your gin in a blackout. Buy it from Amazon in the UK; or from Drizly in the US/Canada.
6 – Plymouth Gin
A bit of history and presence always helps a bottle. Plymouth Gin has both in abundance. We love the broad shoulders and confident lines of bottle – there’s something very satisfying about having this bottle on your gin shelf. Get your piece of historic design from Amazon in the UK; or from Drizly in the US/Canada.
5 – Wint and Lila Gin
4 – Silent Pool Gin
3 – Brooklyn Gin
Nudging into the top three, we’re big fans of this robust design from Brooklyn Gin. There’s a distinct touch of the art deco about it, and the colours look fantastic. Buy Brooklyn Gin from Amazon in the UK; or from Drizly in the US/Canada.
2 – Lind & Lime Gin
A relatively new gin, Lind & Lime from Scotland has placed as runner-up in our countdown of the top 10 best gin bottles…just look at the lines on that bottle! You can get hold of this stunner from Amazon in the UK; but, tragically for our US/Canadian readers, you can’t yet get it from Drizly. Take a look at their other gins and see if you can find something that looks this good.
1 – Our best gin bottle award goes to… Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin
Our winner is, quite simply, a stunning blue bottle. We think it looks like a 1930s upturned lampshade, and the tone of the blue is spot on (it looks even better in the flesh). Want a bottle? In the UK, you can buy Drumshanbo Gin from Amazon by clicking here; and, in the US/Canada, you can buy Drumshanbo from Drizly.
Congratulations to the team at Drumshanbo for coming up with such a unique bottle. The gin is excellent too, which is a bonus.
So, did we get our list of the best gin bottles correct? Blue features a lot – are we too blue? What colour should a gin bottle be, and what shape? What are your favourite gin bottle designs? Let us know at [email protected] or in the comments below.