It's World Gin Day! Really? What is the World's best gin then?

Did you know that today, Saturday June 14,

is World Gin Day?

No, I'm not making it up…it really is true...

So, in honour of such a fabulous occasion,

I thought it may be worth checking out the very best gin 

the world has to offer, 

because that sounds like a rather Glamorous Thing to Know,

wouldn't you say?

And of course, for this we need to turn to the world's foremost authority 

on the subject: the San Francisco World Spirits Competition,

which has been held annually for the last 14 years,

to see what their palates had to say about the matter.

It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it….

Now while our white-coated friends were busily sorting out the best from the rest

in all manners of spirit,

it's only the gin which we are concerned about today,

because what else should one drink on World Gin Day?

And most importantly,

to whom did they award the coveted double gold medal?

Well, glad you asked, because there were 9 winners

of the double gold medal this year,

and here they are, in no particular order….

A fabulous selection of bottle designs…and that's to admire before we even start talking about the contents….

A fabulous selection of bottle designs…and that's to admire before we even start talking about the contents….

I have arranged them by colour of the bottle

(ah well, I can't resist)

and this is no reflection upon their standing in the world. 

In case you can't read the bottles without squinting,

the winners are:

Vor Premium Icelandic Gin (Iceland)
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin (Australia)
Dillon's Unfiltered Gin 22 (Canada)
Warner Edwards Harrington Dry Gin (UK)
Hayman's London Dry Gin (UK)
Two Birds Specialty Cocktail Gin (UK)
Hammer & Son Old English Gin (UK)
Door County Gin (USA)
Aria Portland Dry Gin (USA)

Interestingly, gin is the only spirit which is made in every continent,

although it's fair to say that the UK has the runs on the board here.

vintage gordons gin advert
 
tasting at san francisco world spirits competition

 

And now….drum roll please….just because the judges had to be fussy

and pick the Very Best Gin in the World,

there was one of the 9 winners above which also collected the coveted

Best in Class medal….

Hands up who it was?

So there you go…if you are tempted to join in the spirit of

World Gin Day,

you now know exactly which gin is considered to be the Best In The World.

(My personal favourite is actually not on this list,

but comes from a very small distillery,

on the Mornington Peninsula,

called Bass & Flinders Gin 10 …oh, it's good, seriously good….

Am also very partial to the Four Pillars and the Hayman's,

although I had no idea how famous it actually was.

As you can see from the contents of my bar cart,

Gin & Tonic is on the menu quite a bit,

as a pre-dinner party thing,

and we like to vary the gin to fully appreciate the different flavours.

Well, wouldn't want to take it for granted….

Looking at my collection on the bar cart, I'm beginning to wonder if I have a problem….

Looking at my collection on the bar cart, I'm beginning to wonder if I have a problem….

 

But I would love to know, 

what's your favourite gin?

In a martini, or a G & T, or a fancier cocktail?

And will you raise a toast of it today,

to celebrate World Gin Day?

 

To see what's officially planned in your part of the world,

(including master classes in various restaurants)

go to worldginday.com for details.


image sources :: cartoon here // vintage gordon's gin ad here //
my bar cart // all other images via here