There’s a new strongest gin in the world, and it will melt your face. Smögen, a Swedish distillery, now has a London Dry gin that’s 165 proof called Strane Ultra Uncut. That’s 82.5 percent ABV, or 12.5 percent higher than many rubbing alcohols. Except unlike rubbing alcohol, you’re supposed to drink Ultra Uncut.
Smögen has a history of making overly strong gins. The brand’s 76 percent ABV Uncut held the title of world’s strongest gin for a while before Twin Rivers in Scotland made a 77 percent gin. Then came Pienaar & Sons in South Africa with its Drought Edition Gin that rang in at 80 percent. Smögen master distiller Pär Caldenby never meant to start a high octane gin arms race, according to Robert Ransom, an importer and distiller with Highfern Ltd. But here we are, left with a gin that’s double the strength of your standard bottle.