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Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin

Top 10 Spirits 2008

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength

This 90-proof version of the company's "original" gin has the potential to revolutionize and re-popularize the category in much the same way the likes of Grey Goose and Ketel One did for vodka. Miller's uses the best botanicals — juniper, and other stuff like cassia bark and Florentine Iris — and distills it in a hundred-year-old copper still dubbed Grandma. Once the heart of the single batch distillation is extracted, it gets shipped from the UK to Iceland, where it's married with lava-filtered glacial water and bottled. Is it the water? The still? Magic? We don't know, but we can tell you that Miller's gin is as good as it gets.

Price: $35-40

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