There’s a new leader in the gin world when in comes to producing the strongest product, and that’s Swedish distiller Smögen. Smögen is a small craft distillery that produces single malt whisky and gin, and it recently released its record-breaking new gin, Strane Ultra Uncut, which lays claim to a staggering 82.5 percent ABV.
Smögen previously held the title for the strongest gin until February 2018 with their Strane London Dry Gin Uncut Strength (76 percent ABV), when they were dethroned by Scottish distiller Twin River, who broke their record with a bottle reaching 77 percent. Ever since, Pär Calndeby, lead distiller at Smögen, has been determined to reclaim his title, and has worked hard to tweak the original recipe to increase its ABV. The result is a return to the top of the gin-strength rankings. To reach 82.5 percent, Candleby changed the still production and doubled the amount of botanicals.
To get your hands on some of Smögen’s record-setting gin, you’ll have to travel to Sweden or the UK. The rest of the world, at least for now, just isn’t ready.