The Spanish island of Menorca was uniquely set up to produce gin during the 18th centuries, since so many ships stopped in its ports. Unique among gins, Xoriguer is made in wood-fired pot stills from distilled local wine (aka eau-de-vie), rather than the more common grain-based distillate. The spirit is rested in oak barrels before bottling. It is one of two gins in the world to have a legally-protected geographic indication of origin, much like the French appellation system for wines. This is the gold standard of gins for G&T. Made using wild-foraged juniper berries, this glossy-feeling gin bursts with juniper, lemon, pine, forest flowers and spring herbs.