Barreled Gin 2020

Best Barreled Gin - 2020


The Fifty Best Gin Tasting 2020

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held the largest gin tasting in the World with 71 gins (classic, London Dry, contemporary, navy-strength, barrel aged) and fourteen members of its spirits judging panel. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. The gins were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles, and served at room temperature. The judges "blind" tasted through ten flights of 7 gins, plus 1. Only ice water, unflavored unsalted crackers and chips were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each product on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. The distilleries, countries and states of origin are identified for each brand.


Alpine Gin - Barrel Aged
(Alpine Distilling, UT) 90° prf
Finished in American single malt whiskey barrels. Gluten free.

Nose: Caramel, toffee, butter, custard, nougat, cotton candy, honey, vanilla, soufflé, toasted coconut, mango, apricots, peaches, dried cherry, green apples, celery, sweet coriander seeds, sandalwood, cedar, oak, bourbon barrel.
Palate: Light caramel, nougat, vanilla, honey, cotton candy, apricots, cherry pie, dried cherries, citrus, lemongrass, sweet barrel, smooth, light wood, oaky, smooth.
Finish: Beautiful toffee, lingering caramel, new corn, dried blood orange, eucalyptus, lemon pepper, coffee, oaky, soft, velvety, delicious.

Double Gold Medal
Double Gold medal

Alpine Barrel Aged Gin


1911 Barrel-Finished Gin
(1911 Distillery, NY)
Finished in oak wine barrels.  88° prf

Nose: Caramel, cream, butterscotch, sweet toffee, burnt sugar, maple, cooked honey, honey, vanilla coated pear, cooked bananas, ground cherries, dried cherries, orange, almond, cereal, rye mash, cinnamon, oak.
Palate: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, vanilla cream, custard, brown sugar, smoky brown sugar, birch beer, bourbon, grain, oatmeal, almond, nutty, juniper, coriander seed, cinnamon, sandalwood, smoke, oak, thick & creamy.
Finish: Caramel, toffee, buttery, honey, ground cherries, dried cherries, sassafras, cinnamon, bay leaf, sandalwood, brown spices, black pepper, smooth, rich.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

1911 Barrel-Finished Gin

Sourland Mountain Spirits
Reserve Barrel Finished Gin

(Disch & Sons Distillers, NJ)
Finished in American oak barrels.  90° prf

Nose: Butterscotch, vanilla, honey, orange cream, marinated apples, juniper, nutty, cinnamon, pine trees, cedar, oak, bourbon barrel, bourbon.
Palate: Caramel, butterscotch, sweet toffee, brown sugar, herbal, vanilla, tart lemon, orange, juniper, macadamia, clove, coriander, cinnamon, light spice, incense, earthy, woody, oak.
Finish: Vanilla, honey, tart lemon zest, faint orange blossom, sweet coriander, touch of cinnamon, peppery, smoke, cedar, oak, bourbon, great.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

Sourland Mountain Spirits Reserve Barrel Finished Gin

1220 Barrel Reserve Gin
(1220 Spirits, MO) 94° prf

Nose: Caramel, brown sugar, honey, dried cherries, red roses, juniper forward, verbena, lemon oil, ferns, sandalwood, nutty, pepper, oak, woody, woody whiskey.
Palate: Caramel, baked vanilla bean, honey, juniper flower, piney juniper, lime peel, bitter lime, orange, citrusy, anise, curry leaves, sandalwood, incense, nutmeg, spices, white pepper, oak.
Finish: Soft caramel, honey, spicy vanilla, floral, juniper, lime zest, eucalyptus, curry leaves, clove, brown spice, smoke, smooth, clean, bright.

Gold Medal
Gold medal

   1220 Barrel Reserve Gin


The Unknown Wood & Grain Project #1 Gin
(The Unknown Wood & Grain Project, NC)
Aged in Strawberry Sour Cabernet Barrels.  102° prf

Nose: Grapefruit, pink grapefruit, lime, citrus, pear, dried apple, strawberry, grape, dried cherries, rosé wine, floral, juniper, anise, rosemary, cinnamon, oak, savory.
Palate: Candied grapefruit, grilled grapefruit, nice citrus, agave, grapes, violet, floral notes, anise, menthol, cinnamon, smoke, rosewood, pine, oak.
Finish: Charred grapefruit peel, agave, mezcal, grapes, floral, sweet hot spice, smoky, silky.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

The Unknown Wood & Grain Project #1 Gin

Handen Tank Line Barrel Aged Gin
(Handen Distillery, WI)
Finished in used whiskey barrels.  80° prf

Nose: Apple butter, red grape, Fruit Loops, vanilla, honey, honeysuckle, floral, ginger beer, lemon rind, mixed mint, fresh coriander, dried orange spice, toasted coriander seed, nutmeg, earthy, oak.
Palate: Caramel, creamy, powdered sugar, cotton candy, toasted cornmeal, lots of orange, orange peel, lemon, red grapes, apple seeds, juniper, violets, minty, ginger, spiced cake, spice, smoky, oak, zinfandel.
Finish: Lime peel, dried citrus, pineapple, sweet pepper, toasted corn bread, coriander seeds, sweet spice, dusty, earthy, balanced.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Handen Tank Line Barrel Aged Gin

Minions Old Tom Gin
(Proof Artisan Distillers, ND) 90° prf

Nose: Cooked caramel, caramel apples, red apples, honey, vanilla, raisins, dates, blood orange, spicy pear, apple spice, cinnamon, spearmint, mint, coriander seeds, rooibos tea, piney juniper, oak.
Palate: Caramel apple custard, buttery, honey, dried peaches, dried orange peel, grain, juniper, herbs, rooibos tea, anise, cinnamon, spearmint gum, spearmint, soft coriander, wood, tree bark, oak.
Finish: Vanilla, peach, fruit gum, apple cake, orange peel, orange spice, elder flower, licorice, coriander seed, cardamom, sandalwood, wood.

Silver Medal
Silver medal

Minions Old Tom Gin




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