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Jason DeRusha's Top 6 Gins

Jason DeRusha's Top 6 Gins

Posted on May 4th 2024

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Jason DeRusha

The selection is unreal - find a country, find a flavor profile, find a cool bottle design: it's never been a better time to explore the huge variety in gin. It's not just pine trees anymore!!





"You'll see Song Cai behind the bar of some of the Twin Cities finest restaurants, as the connection to the home of many of our Hmong-American friends is so unique and special. I love the lightness of this floral gin - you'll get a touch of berry, a hint of pollen, a grassy green pepper. Perfect in a summery negroni."

Condesa Gin Prickly Pear and Orange Blossom: From Mexico




"A female-owned distillery in Mexico City, Condesa's classic gin is also excellent, but I think this infused gin is special. Prickly pear, orange blossom, raspberry, juniper berries, coriander seeds and lime - just add tonic, or experiment with a really explosive gimlet."

Gin Raw Gastromic Gin:



"What do you get when you take the talents of a chef, a sommelier, a mixologist and a master parfumeur in one of the most exciting food cities in the world, Barcelona, Spain? You get Gin Raw. Herbal, citrus, exotic: lemon, citron and kaffir lime leaf combine with just a hint of juniper."

Beefeater Gin:





"This is the classic martini gin. Affordable, clean, crisp, juniper-forward but nicely balanced with citrus. I love this gin with just a splash of vermouth and then I shake it like a Polaroid picture to dilute it just a bit."

Tanqueray No. Ten: 



"A bartender favorite, Tanqueray No. Ten takes the original botanicals in a Tanqueray (juniper, coriander, angelica, and licorice) and adds in fresh white grapefruit, fresh lime, fresh orange, and chamomile flowers.

Citrus-forward, but a little more exciting than the standard Tanqueray - you'll get lime and then juniper - it's warm and herby and a little spicy."



Tattersall Gin:



"22 botanicals, I tasted this out of a thermos when Dan Oskey was getting ready to start his company in Minneapolis, and I still maintain it's one of the best gins in the world. Big time citrus on the nose, it's got a mild juniper taste up front, but then you get the coriander, citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and a peppery finish. It's baking spice, it's floral, warm and spicy, it's an amazing gin."

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