Savannah’s Ghost Coast Distillery wins in gin

Ghost Coast Distillery's most popular spirit, Burl Gin was awarded a Gold medal, 93 points, by the Beverage Testing Institute.
Ghost Coast Distillery's most popular spirit, Burl Gin was awarded a Gold medal, 93 points, by the Beverage Testing Institute.
The Beverage Testing Institute awarded Savannah’s Ghost Coast Distillery a Gold medal, 93 points for its most popular spirit, Ghost Coast Burl Gin.

The judging panel describes Burl as, “complex, fruity, and spicy,” the distillery’s marketing director Kelcie Beausir said.

“It’s amazing how many non-gin drinkers end up loving gin after trying Burl,” says Cory Reuter, Ghost Coast bar manager. “It’s one of our team’s favorite spirits because of its versatility. We can use it for infusions, timeless classics, fruit-forward creations, or a simple gin and tonic and the Burl shines through without overpowering.”

Ghost Coast named this American-style gin after Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives, “as American as one could be —”… and our favorite snowman,” Beausir said.

The Burl Gin is lighter than traditional London dry gins, and the juniper takes a backseat to other flavors. The gin’s notes of citrus and lavender mingle nicely with the light juniper, Beausir said.

“The craft gin is light, floral, and refreshing, yet it is bold enough to shine through in any flavorful cocktail or creation,” she said.

The Beverage Testing Institute’s full review stated: “Clear color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bright pine blossoms, Moroccan orange mint spice cake, Turkish delight, and ginger and rosehips with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, breezy finish with accents of almond powder, powdered sugar, rose water, and earl grey tea. A beautifully integrated nouveau style Gin with a sleek, evocative floral character and restrained juniper presence.”

Tastings, powered by the Beverage Testing Institute, was founded in 1981 with the goal of producing fair, impartial wine reviews for consumers. Tastings is an independent product rating and review company that provides beverage buying guides and education for consumers and the trade. They are a certified member of the American Society of Testing and Materials. To learn about the Beverage Testing Institute, visit

Ghost Coast Distillery first opened its doors in 2017 and has since made over 20 different award-winning spirits. Their recently renovated Cocktail Room is ranked second in Yelp’s “Top Things to Do in Savannah” list and offers cocktail flights, a retail store, free live music and lively events. They are located in downtown Savannah on Indian St. To learn more about Ghost Coast Distillery, visit

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Noelle Wiehe

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