Gin anyone? Advice please

I have this evening picked up Tanqueray Ten Export (47.3% ABV) from Costco for c.£22 for 70cl. I am also curious about one gin they stock at Tesco which is The Botanist which is made by Bruichladdich on Islay, however it is priced at £37 / bottle which is a lot for a gin. Has anyone had any experience with The Botanist? I will start looking at tonic in the days and weeks to come as well as extending my gin holdings.


Graham,
My wife has and drinks quite a lot of Gin and tonic, her favourites are Silent pool and the Botanist with Fever tree tonic
Best place and price I’ve found is Makro. (Around 31 per bottle), Amazon or Tesco when on offer....


Thanks
Mark
 
Just to say, I tried the new revived Nicholson London dry, and was enjoying it.
I am usually not a fan of London dry, I just don't like the way it's usually made. This Nicholson said to use the old recipe around 1980s, as the brand now back to the original family's hands. I found it not dry at all, and not really like the London dry I had before (which I disliked).
 
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Graham

I'm late to this thread but my experience is that it all depends on what you use the gin for. Assuming you want to make gin and tonic (which is what I do) then all those different newfangled flavours are just mumbo jumbo. What really makes the difference, once diluted with tonic, is actually the alcohol content. So Tanqueray ten, Plymouth Navy strength etc will be the better options. Cadenhead have one I think called Old Raj which is 50% that I assume will be good

If you want to drink the gin neat or close to neat then others will have experience to share; I can't help you there
 
If anyone wants to try something a little bit different, have a look out for Berliner Branfstifter. A German gin, fabulous with cucumber. The focal aromatic is elderflower I think. Seriously well made and even quite enjoyable neat over ice.
 
Graham

I'm late to this thread but my experience is that it all depends on what you use the gin for. Assuming you want to make gin and tonic (which is what I do) then all those different newfangled flavours are just mumbo jumbo. What really makes the difference, once diluted with tonic, is actually the alcohol content. So Tanqueray ten, Plymouth Navy strength etc will be the better options. Cadenhead have one I think called Old Raj which is 50% that I assume will be good

If you want to drink the gin neat or close to neat then others will have experience to share; I can't help you there
Tom,
Old Raj is made in Red (standard) and Blue (Navy) strength versions.
The unique feature botanical is Saffron, which when you hold it up against other gins does show quite clearly.
Wonderful stuff, particularly the Navy strength, I stumbled on this a few years ago when I gave the waiter at The Connaught Hotel free rein to impress.
The Navy strength is hard to procure.
Edited: to correct the “ free range” that spillchucker had inserted without my spotting.
 
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A word in favour of the Wine Society High Strength Gin, a superbly robust belt and braces brew very strongly redolent of juniper and coriander. Not too subtle but the argument can easily be made that Gin is not meant to be a subtle drink.
 
Have tried Kyrö Koskue gin with tonic recently, the first time I thought it was wonderful, the second time I was not so sure. It is great on its own though (with ice).
 
Speaking of Angostura, does anyone else have the problem that their bottle without fail drips on the way to being upended? I find it impossible to get a drop out without also getting an unintended drop on the worktop
 
I haven't tasted them but I strongly suspect that they may be sweetened and randomly flavoured, and to be avoided. Buy a nice gin in clear glass like Beefeater(if you can arrange a full strength duty free bottle it would be much better) and add a few drops of Angostura until it reaches the colour desired.
 
I’ve not drunk much gin but have enjoyed some recently. I was wondering if anybody could recommend something based on the description of the latest bottle. It’s a small batch number from a tiny village in the cotswolds who don’t do mail order and I’m not driving there for a few bottles, well not yet anyway.

Kefir lime leaves and botanicals of red grapefruit, pomelo and coriander seed.
 
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Does anyone know any good sites / retailers where you can search by style / ingredients. I’ve found one that has pink grapefruit and pomelo made by Chase.

edit - ginboxshop have a few varieties whilst also offering 5 and 20cl bottles in order to experiment.
 
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Just bought I’d update this for anyone in search of a pink grapefruit pomelo style gin. Bought a bottle of Palma small batch which is pretty good and has a nice dry bitter finish. I did also buy a taster bottle of Corner 53 pomelo gin. Real stand out with bags of flavour and a nice sweet then bitter finish. Cracking and order full bottles.
 
Late to this thread but for G+T Plymouth or Jensens. Also like The Botanist and if I'm feeling like something a bit different Gin Mare. For a Negroni Plymouth or Jensens and I keep a bottle of each in the fridge for Negronis.
 
A new discovery is Finsbury gin at 60% alcohol, a brutally straightforward juniper infusion which for a gin and tonic is absolutely ideal, the clarity and strength effortlessly shining through. Perfect for mixed drinks but not for cocktails.
 
Hi Thom

I'm a fan of juniper heavy gins and the weather here in Oz is heading into G&T territory. A quick google search shows the 47% Finsbury is fairly easily sourced here but there's no sign of the 60%. Have you tried the 47% version, and if so would you also recommend it?

Thanks!
 
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