You know we enjoy tasting lots of different gins at Gin Festival HQ *hic*. We're not afraid to admit that looks matter and before you taste the gin, you fall in love with the bottle! We’ve put our heads together and come up with a list of the 11 best looking gin bottles right now.
This gorgeous label reflects the story and ethos of Dodd’s Gin creators, London Distillery Company. No stone is left unturned with this bottle, even the type of printing used is high-end letterpress - leaving an embossed impression of the letters for a touchy feely label.
The name of the gin, geometric shapes and design on the label are a tribute to Ralph Dodd, an engineer and entrepreneur born in the 18th century. He had a vision to produce the best quality spirits without any adulteration. Ralph’s Intended London Distillery Company never got off the ground but it’s history is celebrated on this contemporary label.
Made using organic botanicals, and at almost 50%, Dodd's Gin is a robust and impressive spiced gin. This fantastic juniper forward spirit is ideal for a G&T!
The Botanist Gin
The Botanist took a simple idea and made it look and feel gorgeous - they have used the botanical names and illustrations of ingredients in their gin on the bottle. The raised, embossed letters give a fantastic tactile feel and are similar to old school apothecary bottles, with a list of medical ingredients. We love the idea that this could be our spoonful of medicine everyday!
The Botanist Gin explodes with flavours before you’ve even had a sip, opening with fresh mint, spices and a bright citrus fragrance. Smooth in body and rich and mellow to taste, a citrus freshness is apparent, allowing a range of classic gin flavours to open up, ending with a comfortingly warm finish.
This delicious gin is bursting with the Mediterranean flavours of rosemary, olives, thyme and basil, an inspiration that also shows in the bottle design. The first thing you see is the eye-catching olive leaves. The cut leaf design is great looking and draws the eye to the next Mediterranean influence - the wave shaped bottom, echoing the sea and surf. Finally, the white and blue colour scheme brings to mind those glorious sunny days. And as a neat bonus, the cap is sized perfectly for a double measure!
The Mediterranean botanicals make this a very aromatic gin, there is also an abundance of juniper and fresh coriander, giving a savoury flavour with fragrant herbal notes.
This bottle is widely acknowledged as a fabulous design. The distillers were inspired by the flavours in the gin, as well as its name - the local legend* of the Silent Pool. The intricate gold patterned label shines against the blue bottle with illustrations of the botanicals and the characters of legend. The colours, bottle shape and the way you can see the plant botanicals through the gin all cleverly combine to suggest a pond or pool.
The care taken on design is carried through to the flavour, Silent Pool is a clean juniper driven gin, with floral layers of lavender and chamomile. Fresh notes of citrus are grounded with the subtle sweetness of local honey, creating a well-balanced gin that is traditional and refreshingly unique.
*The legend of Silent Pool is not a happy tale, back in the 13th Century, a beautiful young woman was bathing by the pool when a man on horseback approached. The stranger, overcome by her beauty, moved closer, forcing the maiden deeper into the lake. Now the drowned maiden is said to haunt the lake at midnight.
Electric Spirit Co. Lux
This is one of the most distinctive bottles on the market. Before he qualified as a distiller James, the creator of Electric Spirit, studied at Glasgow School of Art and worked as a designer. He wanted something very different to the popular clear bottle of gin. “Neon tends to be favoured by the scuzzier end of the alcohol market - I was keen to challenge that perception, and back it up with some crisp, direct-printed detail on the front of the bottle. It’s a modern company, and a modern gin, so the bottle needed to reflect that.” We think he got it spot on!
This passion for design has also been applied to designing the flavours - the Electric Spirit Co. have 2 blends. The Lux is a Gin Festival exclusive and full of bright, orange sweetness. The ripe orange, with grape-like flavours and the soft, juiciness of dates are seamlessly blended with traditional, spiced botanicals. Sharp, piney citrus and peppered juniper hold together beyond the sweetness of the fruits.
This is a bit of a marmite love it or hate it design! Inspired by the legendary Khavaraya pink diamond, those that like it love the fact that it’s a giant pink diamond. Those that don’t have issues that it’s a giant pink diamond. But whether you think it’s tacky or divine you have to admit that it’s eye-catching, different and that it definitely commits to its concept.
Happily, the gin inside is much less divisive. It’s strong and spicy with angelica, sage and pepper on the nose and a smooth, piney flavour on the palate. Dry, but without a trace of harshness; it’s a gin for serious gin lovers.
Orkney Johnsmas Gin
Explore the magical Scots Isles through Orkney Johnsmas Gin. Both the flavour, including local heather and mint, and the label are inspired by Orcadian folklore. The logo features a selkie-woman; alluring and mystical, the selkie-folk are seals who can assume human form. The tales of what happens next are part of Orcadian legend! The bottle itself, a stoneware jar, also feels like it comes off the page of a mythical and medieval tale. The simple, clean combination of logo and bottle, with the hand-crafted look and feel combine perfectly for a great looking gin.
Orkney Johnsmas Gin opens with a fragrant burst of roses, heather and mint. Subtle juniper blends with the pepper and heady floral notes that dominate on the palate, followed by a luscious finish reminiscent of Turkish Delight.
This updated design really focuses on and celebrates the namesake of Silverback. The shape and lines are beautifully clean and this, combined with the frosted bottle, results in a fantastic, contemporary design and feel. Plus, did you know they donate £1 from each bottle to Gorilla Organization, who work to save gorillas from extinction?
A clean and refreshing spirit, Silverback Gin is, on first take, full of fragrant gentle coriander and bright citrus. Pine quickly grounds itself as the centre of the gin with subtle, floral notes (from the Madagascan acacia blossom) making an appearance. Bright, zesty orange and fine lemongrass are prominent throughout. A lovely gin!
This bottle beautifully echoes the Spanish style and flavour of Tinker Gin. It is bold, bright and full of sunshine, with a gorgeously tactile label. A contemporary look that reflects the creative, light gin.
Made using the modern Spanish approach, Tinker is a firm move away from traditional, juniper focussed gins. The product of love and experimentation, this is a fresh and innovative gin. Up-to-date botanicals, including liquorice and elderberries, are beautifully complemented by classic orange and lemon to create a contemporary classic.
Brilliantly light with well-rounded berries and gentle sherbet, Tinker has smoother aftertaste, finishing with soft elderberry. Serve as a Gintonic in the Spanish style - lots of ice in a balloon glass and a slice of pear to release that fruity flavour.
Edinburgh Rhubarb and Ginger Liqueur
This brand new bottle design makes the gin look even more appetising. The bottle shape is sleeker and the label designs feature beautiful and simple illustrations of the lead botanicals, including the thistle - a tribute to the Scottish roots. The embossed lettering and design lines at the base complement the label and make the bottle easier to hold - handy!
A classic pairing, Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur is sweet and fruity, balanced by a delicate warmth and spicy finish. Tangy, spring rhubarb is macerated with ginger and lemon zest before being infused with Edinburgh Gin to create a rose-hued tipple. Its intoxicating warmth is evocative of cosy nights by the fire and hearty winter puddings.
Slingsby Rhubarb Gin
The clever people at Slingsby have created a good looking bottle to match their popular Rhubarb gin. The square bottle shape really showcases the design that celebrates Harrogate, Yorkshire and the origins of Slingsby against the bold, red background of the gin. The embossed signature of their namesake W. Slingsby and frosted bottle make sure this also feels, as well as looks, fantastic.
Slingsby Rhubarb Gin begins with a wonderful combination of rhubarb and raspberry, each treading the balance between sweet and tart. Pink grapefruit and a very mellow juniper follow before the tart, dry finish.
So, what do you think of our top picks? Did we choose your favourite? We’d love to know what your list of best looking gin bottles would include. Post your favourites on our facebook and instagram pages with #bestlookingginbottles.
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