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Comparing Gin Brands


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2 hours ago, lemniscate said:

 

Currently drinking G&T with Plymouth Navy + Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic + lime wedge.  Tall, light ice.  Best G&T on the planet (imho).

 

Gunpowder and dangerously delicious. 

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Anyone try Ford's gin? I discovered it last year and it's become my favorite. It unseated Plymouth in my liquor cabinet. For context, I mostly think of gin as the primordial ooze from which a Negroni rises. So many of the gins that work great in other cocktails (Hendricks, etc.) aren't really on my radar.

 

Plymouth for me made an interesting negroni. I understand why it's a controversial choice. It's on the subtle side. Ford's is much more juniper-forward, but it has Plymouth's earthiness and oiliness, which makes it work great in this cocktail. It's also a few bucks cheaper. Only drawback is it's a little harder to find.

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2 hours ago, paulraphael said:

Anyone try Ford's gin? I discovered it last year and it's become my favorite. It unseated Plymouth in my liquor cabinet. For context, I mostly think of gin as the primordial ooze from which a Negroni rises. So many of the gins that work great in other cocktails (Hendricks, etc.) aren't really on my radar.

 

Plymouth for me made an interesting negroni. I understand why it's a controversial choice. It's on the subtle side. Ford's is much more juniper-forward, but it has Plymouth's earthiness and oiliness, which makes it work great in this cocktail. It's also a few bucks cheaper. Only drawback is it's a little harder to find.

 

 

I boast several gin bottles on my shelf, but there are only two gin drinks I really care for.  I use Magellan in my aviation, and Diep 9 Old Genever for death in the gulfstream.

 

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I like Fords gin.  I don't have any at the moment but I do buy it from time to time.  I like to reuse the empty bottles for infusions, batched cocktails, etc.  I like the little volume markings on the side. 

 

I've been wanting to try Sipsmith's VJOP but Total Wine's price is an annoying $55.  Hi Time is a more reasonable $42 but I'm waiting for them to get some other stuff back in stock before placing an order. 

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I recently discovered a new (to me) gin.

Tanqueray No. 10. Not to be confused with Tanqueray London Dry.

I have always preferred gin cocktail and I have a lot of different brands in my liquor cabinet.  

Without question, the best gin for G&T I have ever tasted.

I mix it with Polar  Bitter Lemon and Wow!  This is my go-to cocktail.  So refreshing.

From the IDrinkKosher website:

"Tanqueray No. Ten is the only gin distilled with handpicked fresh fruit and botanicals, including white grapefruits, oranges and limes - along with gin's signature juniper and coriander and a hint of chamomile. In order to make an ultra-pure, ultra-flavorful spirit, we distill Tanqueray No. Ten in a small batch still called "Tiny Ten."

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7 hours ago, lindag said:

Tanqueray No. 10. Not to be confused with Tanqueray London Dry.

I have always preferred gin cocktail and I have a lot of different brands in my liquor cabinet.  

Without question, the best gin for G&T I have ever tasted.

I had the same reaction, No. 10 is outstanding in a gin and tonic, best I've had too. 

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I seldom partake of gin:  Michael Flanders, Hogarth Gin Lane and all of that.  Granted, I do enjoy an Aviation from time to time.  What is the preferred gin for an Aviation?

 

 

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9 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I seldom partake of gin:  Michael Flanders, Hogarth Gin Lane and all of that.  Granted, I do enjoy an Aviation from time to time.  What is the preferred gin for an Aviation?

 

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Weirdly, I was out of lemons today.

 

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I had limes.  So two Pegu Club cocktails it was. With a house-favorite gin, Beefeater. 

 

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On 6/20/2023 at 11:14 PM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I seldom partake of gin:  Michael Flanders, Hogarth Gin Lane and all of that.  Granted, I do enjoy an Aviation from time to time.  What is the preferred gin for an Aviation?

 

 

 

I've usually used Plymouth. I think PUNCH prefers it, too. I've yet to try Aviation brand gin.

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Mention of Tanqueray 10 sent me to see how available it is here. Widely, is the answer - at least in specialist stores in Beijing or Shanghai and so, online.

 

What did catch my eye though were these two. Anyone know much about them or have you sampled them?

 

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Haven't tried those two but am fond of the Sevilla Orange. Tanqueray seems to have the ability to change up gin but still make a tasty product rather than some who seem to come up with an idea and then produce it without worrying about whether it is any good.

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3 hours ago, liuzhou said:

Mention of Tanqueray 10 sent me to see how available it is here. Widely, is the answer - at least in specialist stores in Beijing or Shanghai and so, online.

 

What did catch my eye though were these two. Anyone know much about them or have you sampled them?

 

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I have two bottles of Malacca, one open, one not.  I understand Malacca is limited edition gin.  For more information you will have to consult a resident gin sot.

 

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For me, the Seville one was ok-ish. The flavor is there, but subtle. But truth to be told: Orange flavor doesn’t work for me in G&T, so it didn’t really had a chance to win me over. 
 

The Rangpur lime one is by far the most popular one in Germany, but for me the lime flavor was a tad too artificial. That might change at higher dilution, but I prefer my G&Ts on the strong side, so …


The Malacca, however, hit the right spot. Crisp lemon flavor, with the herbal notes just a little upped to balance it out. Quite harmonious. Put a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary and it makes a great G&T.

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12 hours ago, Duvel said:

But truth to be told: Orange flavor doesn’t work for me in G&T, so it didn’t really had a chance to win me over. 

 

I found it worked well in a Negroni and some other drinks. Wouldn't be my first choice for a G&T

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18 hours ago, haresfur said:

Haven't tried those two but am fond of the Sevilla Orange. Tanqueray seems to have the ability to change up gin but still make a tasty product rather than some who seem to come up with an idea and then produce it without worrying about whether it is any good.

 

Seems like it would work well in a Summer Negroni (we've had this at Bourbon & Branch in SF and Restaurant Eugene in Atl): equal parts gin, Aperol and Lillet (blond).

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On 7/15/2023 at 2:37 AM, Duvel said:

The Rangpur lime one is by far the most popular one in Germany, but for me the lime flavor was a tad too artificial.

I had the same experience with Rangpur lime also, not quite right in the lime flavor.

Standard Tanqueray is the standard classic bar G&T around here, with the tonic from the gun (which is too sweet!!)

Tanqueray 10 I've had a handful of times and I do like it.  It's available at the mid to higher service cocktail bars.

My goto at home is always Plymouth Navy strength with Fever-Tree Mediterranean/lime twist with very little ice.  Maybe a dash of Ango if I'm feeling fancy.   I cannot get this version of G&T out in any bar, high brow or low brow.

 

We have a few boutique distilleries locally and I've tried their gins neat and at room temperature to get a good idea of the flavors.  I get looked at funny drinking gins straight.  I haven't found one I like as well as Plymouth Navy though.  I'm kind of surprised that one hasn't fit my tastes.  The botanical lists are so poetic on the descriptions.

 

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