Different types of gin— explained

Types of gin

Classic Style Gins

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Classic style gins are juniper forward and tend to evoke comparison’s to Gordon’sBeefeater, and Tanqueray. Classic Gin refers only to the general juniper-forward taste impression and not any specific process or ingredient list. 
[Over 200+ Classic style gins reviewed!]

Contemporary Style Gins

A contemporary gin can feature any of the ingredients in this picture as its main flavor note.

Contemporary Gins are gins which have a predominant flavor of anything other than juniper. Juniper is always present, but the gin overall may have a character which emphasizes other botanicals. Contemporary Gin refers to the taste, and is agnostic of region, production method or actual botanical bill.
[Over 350 contemporary style gins reviewed!]

Aged or barrel-rested gins

Aged Gin Old Fashioned

Aged Gins as a category of their own are a relatively new invention. They were largely a product of the 00’s-10’s gin renaissance and a glut of used barrels on the second hand market. Today’s aged gins use wine barrels, bourbon barrels, rye barrels— anything.
[Over 50 barrel-rested gins reviewed!]

Old Tom Style Gins

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Old Tom is one of the most confusing terms in the world of gin. There is little consensus as to what constitutes an Old Tom Gin. 

Some are sweetened, some are not. But generally they are going to be more strongly flavored than other dry gins.

Navy Strength Gins


The term “Navy Strength Gin” is a 1990s marketing creation to sell spirits which meet 100° UK Proof (114 modern proof), and are 57.1% ABV. The romantic and evocative term has stuck and today, high proof gins are often bottled at 57.1 ABV.

Bathtub or Compounded Gins

Experiments with bathtub gin

The bathtub style refers to a gin where all of the botanicals are added via maceration without distillation. There are many gins which add signature botanicals or aromatics after distillation. These would not be described as bathtub gin.

Pink Gin

Not to be confused with the cocktail of the same name, Pink Gins were a creation that took off in the late 2010’s. These gins are often bright pink in hue, with often bright fruity or floral flavors. Berry is the most common; however, a wide variety exists even within this category.

Holland-style Gin

Holland— or Holland style gins— is a way some have referred to some modern Ginever or Genever-like gins. Which while not true genevers, they adopt some of the stylistic conventions

Other categories of juniper spirit we review


is rarely considered as gin, but it’s worth being thought of as the grandfather of gin. It is the spirit drink from which gin descended.


Borovicka is a traditional Slovak distilled spirit made from juniper. It has a flavor very similar to gin and some Borovička could be legally classified as gin based on gin’s broad definitions.

Gin-like drinks below 37.5% ABV

Liqueurs and Cordials

Gin Liqueurs and Cordials are a broad and rapidly expanding category of the gin market. In some parts of the world, gin liqueurs are sometimes mis-labeled as gin; however, here we categorize by what is in the bottle.

Non-alcoholic “gin.

Technically the only thing gin about these drinks is the reference point. They aim to emulate the flavor of gin while having no alcohol. Legally, these drinks cannot be called gin; however, many market themselves as such.

All styles of gin in our gin review archive

Aged (74) Antique (8) Bathtub (16) Borovicka (8) Classic (216) Color changing (3) Compound (3) Contemporary (452) Cordial (10) Flavored (77) Genever (7) Holland (17) Jonge Genever (1) Juniper Brandy (8) Limited Release (7) Liqueur (4) Navy Strength Gin (18) Old Tom (27) Out of production (1) Pink (9) Pink Gin (1) Spirit Drink (1) Steinhager (2) Swedish Aquavit (1) Travel Exclusive (1) Vintage (1)