The World’s Best Gin comes from Lake Constance

Elmar Hürlimann
Elmar Hürlimann
Executive Editor, Elmar Hürlimann, is a passionate travel journalist, constantly in search of special moments. He strives to uncover and rediscover the diversity of the luxury segment. This includes taking an independent look behind the scenes to recognize the true value. Nowadays, quality alone is not enough - combining it with that certain something makes the necessary difference that inspires him.

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Highest honors for Martin Steinhauser from Kressbronn (Germany): His homemade “See Gin” receives the highest award worldwide with the IWSC Trophy and is now considered the best London Dry Gin in the world. The top gin is described as soft, fresh and spicy by the jury. Martin Steinhauser recommends serving the “See Gin” as a Gin and Tonic with Schweppes and lime or simply straight up.

Gin has been around for centuries, but in recent years it has become a true trendy drink. When you order a gin and tonic at a good bar today, you will be asked, “Which gin with which tonic would you like?” There seem to be almost no limits to the varieties of this special juniper schnapps today – and depending on the ingredients, the right tonic water gives the taste that certain extra.

Tasted over 200 Gins

Who would have expected that…the best London Dry Gin does not come from Great Britain, but from Lake Constance. More specifically, from the Kressbronner House Distillery Steinhauser, which has only recently started producing its homemade “See Gin”. At the renowned International Wine & Spirit Competition IWSC in London, where over 200 different gins were blind tasted, the “See Gin” was chosen as the world’s best gin. “We knew that our See Gin would be an excellent product. But we never dreamed it would be chosen as the best in the world,” Martin Steinhauser said, delighted with this award.

The Best of the Best

The “See Gin” was not only awarded a gold medal, but also received the “Trophy”, the highest award for the best of the best. The jury sums up the excellent quality of the “See Gin” with their overall impression: “An absolute top gin that is soft, fresh and spicy and can be drunk neat despite its crisp 48% vol. The gin, which is initially fresh and fruity on the nose, changes its impression on the palate to an intense spiciness. In the aftertaste, it then shows itself again from its soft side.” Selected, hand-picked ingredients were distilled according to an old recipe for this unique dry gin. The consciously classic “See Gin” was “only” refined with lemon balm and lemongrass, so that the juniper taste is not too strongly suppressed – exactly the right recipe that convinced the jury.

Innovative and Traditional

The House Distillery Steinhauser can draw on a wealth of experience. High-quality fruit brandies have been produced here since 1828, already in the fourth generation, and are regularly awarded various prizes. The classic juniper schnapps from the region also has tradition here. So, the decision to produce a London Dry Gin was not at all outlandish, but innovative. And Martin Steinhauser and his team also have experience with this. The first Lake Constance whisky was produced here in 2008. The interplay of tried and tested and state-of-the-art distillery technology created an excellent single malt whisky, the “Brigantia”.

See Gin – Characteristics

Nose: Fresh and ripe-fruity, soft and silky, sweet citrus notes of ripe orange, mild spicy notes, unobtrusive juniper note.

Taste: Pronounced, fresh citrus aromas of kumquats and pink grapefruit zest, spicy with notes of lemon pepper.

Finish: Initially fresh and peppery spicy notes, which then slowly and smoothly fade with almond aromas and a slightly warming effect.

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