Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

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Cardinal Gin
Photo: Randy Mayor

Best in Beer & Spirits: North Carolina

Cardinal Gin ($30 for 750 ml at multiple N.C. locations, online ordering coming soon)

This truly small-batch distillery—they produced only 5,000 cases last year—is located in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Thirty-year-old twin brothers, Charlie and Alex Mauney, have developed a Western-style gin (less juniper, more of other flavorings) that hits with a strong, clean nose of pine.

Note: Local laws may mean liquor has to be sourced through distributors in some states.

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