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Best Craft Gin Distillery (2021)

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Gin gets its name from "Genievre," the French word for juniper. This globally popular spirit begins with a neutral base spirit distilled with an array of botanicals–not just juniper berries these days–to give it its distinct aroma and flavor profile.

  • Revivalist Botanical Gins

    Revivalist Botanical Gins
    Elverson, Pennsylvania

    Housed in what they affectionately have nicknamed the "Hippie Barn," the Revivalists are shaking things up with their award-winning gin. The philosophy behind their dry, juniper-forward gins is "is rooted in radical curiosity, bold experimentation, and love for one-of-a-kind experiences.
    Photo courtesy of Revivalist Botanical Gins

  • Gray Whale Gin

    Gray Whale Gin
    Sebastopol, California

    Gray Whale Gin begins with a six-times distilled corn spirit, infused with organic-farmed and wild-foraged botanicals in the potstill or a vapor basket. The spirit then undergoes a seven-step botanical distillation. One percent of sales go toward environmental causes.
    Photo courtesy of Gray Whale Gin

  • Green Hat Distillery

    Green Hat Distillery
    Washington, DC

    Green Hat Distillery specializes in gins distilled in small batches from grain and botanicals, each bottle individually numbered. The distillery makes its flagship Green Hat Gin, as well as a Navy strength gin and two seasonal gins (one for spring and summer and the other for fall and winter).
    Photo courtesy of Green Hat Distillery

  • Backwards Distilling Company

    Backwards Distilling Company
    Mills, Wyoming

    Backwards Distilling Company offers two craft gins from their distillery in Casper, Wyoming. Contortionist Gin still features juniper as a primary component but gives substantial attention to other botanical flavors. Its distinctive blend of lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus flavors brings a new dimension to the creation of delicious gin cocktails. On the other hand, the Strongman Gin offers no subtle or mild flavors but reminds the drinker of a trip to the woods with the smells of juniper and the tastes of the sap and resin of pine trees.
    Photo courtesy of Tawni Leigh Photo Co // Backwards Distilling Company

  • Young & Yonder

    Young & Yonder
    Healdsburg, CA

    Young and Yonder’s family-owned and operated distillery in the heart of Sonoma County, California, offers a modern craft gin they call H.O.B.S., or Harbor of Broken Souls. With its balance of citrus, floral elements, and rich juniper, its name pays tribute to the long-standing connection between gin and its role in naval history. The gin is handcrafted with the finest ingredients and includes non-GMO corn and 4x filtered water.
    Photo courtesy of voloshin311 // Getty Images

  • McClintock Distilling

    McClintock Distilling
    Frederick, Maryland

    Gin enthusiasts have three varieties to choose from at McClintock Distilling. The botanical-forward Forager Gin is vapor-infused with ingredients inspired by the Appalachian wilderness. The bright and light Gardener’s Gin is made with citrus peel, lavender, cucumber and hibiscus, and rests in Madeira wine casks. Sipping-style McClintock’s Reserve rests in XO cognac casks imported from France.
    Photo courtesy of McClintock Distilling

  • Alpine Distilling

    Alpine Distilling
    Park City, Utah

    Alpine Distilling’s Summit Gin is distilled in a handmade Detroit still using vapor extraction to yield a balanced gin perfect for both sipping or mixing. The botanical spread includes juniper berry, coriander seed, angelica root, ginger, cardamom and citrus peel.
    Photo courtesy of Alpine Distilling

  • FY Gin by Hawaii Sea Spirits

    FY Gin by Hawaii Sea Spirits
    Hawaii

    Utilizing a new process of making gin spirits, FY Gin, made at Hawaii Sea Spirits, adds a variety of flavors during their distillation process rather than the traditional process, which predominantly adds juniper during distillation. This “Hawai’i Wet” process incorporates the sweetness of sugar cane, the sourness of lime, the bitterness of juniper, the umami of lavender, and the saltiness of ginger into an exceptional product. Enjoy this balanced and complex aromatic tasting experience when you enjoy a glass of their organic gin.
    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Sea Spirits

  • Limestone Branch

    Limestone Branch
    Lebanon, Kentucky

    Created at the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon, Kentucky, Bowling & Burch is a small-batch gin made with a combination of agriculture and experimentation. Nineteen different botanicals, many grown at the distillery, are blended to produce this high-quality gin. With herbal notes of rosemary, thyme, and a variety of citrus, plus other botanicals such as honeysuckle and lemon verbena, this botanical blend has been called “a garden party in a glass.”
    Photo courtesy of Limestone Branch

  • Barr Hill

    Barr Hill
    Montpelier, Vermont

    Barr Hill Gin, craft distilled by Caledonia Spirits, uses pure grain spirits infused with juniper berry and raw northern honey, added just before bottling to impart a subtle floral quality. Tom Cat Gin gets barrel-aged for four to six months in new charred American oak to give it whiskey-like notes.
    Photo courtesy of Caledonia Spirits

The top 10 winners in the category Best Craft Gin Distillery are as follows:

  1. Revivalist Botanical Gins - Elverson, Pennsylvania
  2. Gray Whale Gin - Sebastopol, California
  3. Green Hat Distillery - Washington, DC
  4. Backwards Distilling Company - Mills, Wyoming
  5. Young & Yonder - Healdsburg, California
  6. McClintock Distilling - Frederick, Maryland
  7. Alpine Distilling - Park City, Utah
  8. FY Gin by Hawaii Sea Spirits - Hawaii
  9. Limestone Branch - Lebanon, Kentucky
  10. Barr Hill - Montpelier, Vermont

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning distilleries!

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