For those who might’ve forgotten, Mother’s Day is almost here: mark your calendars for Sunday 9th of May!
As we approach the day itself, deciding what gift to get the person who is often the most special woman in your life can be a tough process.
Lucky for you, however, Gin is almost always a safe bet, especially given just how easy it is to mix into a wide range of cocktails, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to whip up something that she’ll be sure to love.
To help you decide what Gin to get this Mother’s Day, we’ve put together this quick guide on the best gins to buy, with some specific brands, packs, and mixers mentioned.
With an ever-expanding list of locally and internationally crafted Gin products available today, it’s never been a better time to give mum something that she’ll be sure to appreciate long after the day is over.
Which Type of Gin Should You Choose?
If you’ve read our guide to the Basics of Gin, then you’ll already know that Gin can come in three main types or styles, including Gin, Distilled Gin, and London Dry Gin.
But what do these three names actually mean to the taste of the spirit inside the bottle?
Well, whilst it’s not a perfect method of determining taste, each of these three types denote differing levels of quality, affecting the ingredients and production method followed by the distiller.
Starting at the entry point, bottles that are labelled only “Gin”, whilst predominantly juniper flavoured as required by law, are not restricted by the quality of the ingredients used, meaning artificial colours and flavours can find their way inside the bottle.
One level up is “Distilled Gin”, which is of a higher quality due to the fact that the majority of the botanicals used are required to be actually distilled into the spirit and not added in artificially, with only some natural flavours and colours allowed to be added in after distillation.
These Gins are often described as being of the highest quality due to the fact that all of the colours and flavours found in the final product must’ve been imparted during the distillation process itself and not as a result of natural or artificial additives being included afterwards.
When deciding which of these three types is right for your mum this Mother’s Day, bear in mind that it’s not always best to go for the perceived highest quality level.
That’s because bottles of London Dry Gin are typically very dry and bitter in their flavour profile, whilst Distilled Gins are sometimes a little sweeter or at least more approachable to drink due to their slightly more relaxed production requirements.
Whichever type that you choose to go for, however, one thing is certain, which is that your mum, no matter what her taste buds prefer, will be able to receive a bottle of Gin that she’ll like, especially if you consider the list of brands and packs below.
Recommendation One: Never Never Distilling Triple Juniper Gin
As the name suggests, this Gin by local favourites Never Never Distilling is made for those who love plenty of juniper flavour in their classic Gin Martini or Gin & Tonic.
Made with triple the amount of juniper than usually found in many other regular bottles of Gin thanks to its rather unique triple distillation process, this spirit is dry, bitter, spicy, and incredibly pronounced in its flavour profile.
Another unique selling point of this particular bottle as well is its coveted status as one of the most awarded Gins in Australia, making it a must-try for anyone who considers themselves a Gin connoisseur.
Few things go hand-in-hand quite like lemon and Gin, which is why the Malfy Con Limone Italian Gin is such an easy sell.
Made using Amalfi lemons, this Gin is a drinkable embodiment of Italy, with all of the botanicals used to craft this light, citrusy, and super refreshing spirit coming from the Central European country.