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5 Gins to Try and Why: Gilliam’s Gin

5 Gins to Try and Why: Gilliam’s Gin

The 5 Gins to Try and Why series highlights 5 unique and highly recommended craft gin brands available on The award winning apple focused Gilliam’s Gin is made of 9 separately distilled botanicals, with Juniper berries, Japanese Fugi apples, and black pepper flavors at the forefront.

First, What is Gin?

As many gin lovers know, gin is made up of distilled grains such as barley, corn, wheat, or rye, along with juniper berries. That's the base for every gin, and then  botanicals are added, creating uniqueness and additional flavor within each brand and type of gin. There is much variety when it comes to gin botanicals, however, and Gilliam's uses quite a few of them, including the most prominent juniper berries, dried Japanese Fugi Apples, and black pepper, as well as cardamom, angelica root, cinnamon, citrusy lime peel, and dried flowers, all working together to create the balanced and nuanced Gilliam's Gin. 

The Gilliam’s Gin Story

Gilliam’s is a unique Belgian gin named by the gin’s founder, Thomas Wittouck, for his two sons, Gilles and Liam. Formerly a butcher, Thomas is described as "an outgoing, friendly guy who is driven by his passion for quality craftsmanship and of course gin." The handcrafted contemporary gin was first created in Outrijve, Southern Flanders, Belgium, and since has spread the world, gaining status as a popular gin and winning multiple international awards. Gilliam's can be found in Japan, all across Europe, in America, and more. With their heavy focus on apples, authenticity, and quality, Gilliam's Gin is the balanced, smooth, high class gin you'll want to make a regular in your liquor cabinet. 

Black with gold swirling pattern bottle of Gilliam's Gin



The Gilliam's Gin Bottle

The Gilliam's Gin Bottle gives off a quiet sophisticated aura with just a touch of magic. The gold on black design  swirls abstractly, yet with intent, and upon closer look, the dancing gold pattern mimics  the apple infused gin inside. Gilliam's has won multiple awards for its bottle design as well as its taste. 


Gilliam's Gin Tasting Notes and Aromas

The clear gin with a slight blue haze has aromas of juniper, lime citrus, cinnamon, apple, dried flowers, and black pepper behind it all. 

Gilliam's Gin is considered to be off-dry, yet with a "smooth, mouth filling and warming texture." Upon taking a sip, the prominent flavors of dry apples, cardamom, Angelica root, and "crispy cinnamon in the mid-build." The nuanced and complex gin finishes long with slight sweet, grassy, herbal endnotes. The ABV is 41%, the perfect classic alcohol level, making Gilliam's okay to sip neat, add tonic, or feature in a cocktail. 

Cocktail Recipe Ideas for Gilliam's Gin

Gilliam's Gin, with those dry apple, cardamom, and cinnamon flavors, goes great in a chilled apple cider gin cocktail perfect for holiday season or any cold or hot day. 

Apple Cider Gin Cocktail Recipe

No Spoons Necessary, a blog by Cheyanne, created the perfect apple cider gin cocktail recipe, with her results pictured above. Here is her recipe:


  • 4 oz gin (Gilliam's Gin for best results)
  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz honey syrup (made by shaking 1/4 cup honey with 1/4 cup hot water until dissolved)
  • A dash of cinnamon


  • Combine all the ingredients with ice, shake or stir in a cocktail shaker or a pitcher until the cider is chilled. 
  • Pour over ice and optional cut up apples into two glasses, and feel free to use cinnamon sticks to garnish!

Gilliam's Gin Awards

Gilliam's Gin has won multiple awards since it's release in 2016, some of which include the Best Belgian Gin in Contemporary style in 2017, Best Belgium Contemporary Gin in the March 2017 World Gin Awards, Double Gold Taste & Design at the August 2018 China Wine and Spirits Awards, Bronze Contemdesign. Style at the World Gin Awards in 2019, a silver at the World Gin Design Awards 2019, and a 2019 Double Gold "Taste and Design" award at the Women's Wine and Spirits Awards. Finally, Gilliam's won a gold medal in the May 2021  European Spirits Challenge, demonstrating throughout it's years that Gilliam's is a popular contemporary gin that has made a splash in the world of gin; a high quality uniquely flavored gin with a smooth, long, and semisweet finish.  

Where to Buy Gilliam's Gin Online? 

Buying Gilliam's Gin in America can be tricky, however there are options. Your local liquor store may sell Gilliam's, but then again, your local liquor store also may not. Gilliam's start in Flanders, Belgium, and spread throughout Europe and Asia has made it popular globally, but not so easy to find in America., of course, allows for easy buying online, with free shipping over $99. So next time you're up for a new, apple infused, high end gin with a peppery kick, open up your phone, laptop, or any other browsing device and order Gilliam's Gin from

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