Many of America’s new small-batch gins take distinct paths to greatness, said Megan Krigbaum in Food & Wine. Any of the three below might be the one that suits your taste.
Aria Portland Dry Gin Portland, Ore. ($24). Exotic spices are blended with other essences to create a gin that “plays well with vermouth,” which makes it great for a classic martini.
Southern Artisan Spirits Cardinal Gin Kings Mountain, N.C. ($30).
Bent on creating “the best-ever gin-and-tonic gin,” this Blue Ridge Mountains distillery steeps botanicals for 48 hours before distilling, resulting in a “lightly sweet, peppery” spirit.
Roundhouse Imperial Barrel Aged Gin Boulder ($42). An amber-colored gin, this “soft, floral” spirit is made with Colorado-grown juniper and aged six months in oak casks.