Gin anyone? Advice please

I just had a look at the spirits thread in the hope of learning some more...I am more of a wino. However, I do drink a lot of G&T and my two cents are Tanqueray every time. While, no expert, I have tried all the other mass market ones and several boutique Gins and hands down prefer the standard (i.e. not 10) Tanqueray. Perhaps it's conditioning, but it just tastes 'right' to me. Plymouth would be my second choice.

Despite having bought plenty of Tanqueray at Duty free (mostly on the way to India, where the wine is not good & neither is the local gin), the import / export strength has passed over my head. The next time I have the chance I will most def. buy a bottle of the higher strength bottling & pay closer attention.

On tonic water, I remember having a discussion with a couple of regular G&T drinking friends & we all agreed that we (secretly) preferred normal Indian tonic (i.e. Schweps or even Sainsbury's ) to Fever Tree - I am glad to read that this is not an entirely heretical position. Agree with someone above, small cans also a + over the larger bottles.

The things I really don't like are too much ice (for extra chill, keep the gin in the fridge as well as the tonic) or these funny large bowl stemmed glasses that have recently become popular in pubs...
 
Tanqueray is an excellent gin. It uses only four botanicals rather than the plethora found in so many modern gins and is all the more focused for it.
The absurdity of the new goldfish bowls is that they deposit just an insulting dribble of gin into the glass, at vast expense.
I think I shall have a gin and tonic now, it's been some time.
 
Tanqueray is my favourite too, I agree with the comments that strength really does matter in Gin.

I have also gone back to Schwepps over Fever Tree for some reason. I think it's because it retains the fizz better and Fever Tree tastes a little flat when I switch back to it (if that just happens to be what I can get at the time).
 
I’ve come to the realisation that I probably prefer Tanqueray to Tanqueray 10 in a martini, it is just so clean and not “messed about with”. The 47.3% version from duty free being superior to the 43.1% domestic version.
 
I’ve come to the realisation that I probably prefer Tanqueray to Tanqueray 10 in a martini, it is just so clean and not “messed about with”. The 47.3% version from duty free being superior to the 43.1% domestic version.
Just looking at this the London Dry Export (43% one) is £22 a bottle where the export strength (47.3%) is £55 a bottle.
That’s a fair difference. The 10 I’ve. It really looked at or entertained.
Thoughts ?
 
Just looking at this the London Dry Export (43% one) is £22 a bottle where the export strength (47.3%) is £55 a bottle.
That’s a fair difference. The 10 I’ve. It really looked at or entertained.
Thoughts ?
The regular “export” is fine and my go-to gin. Domt bother spending the extra for the 47.3%, I just used to pick it up when travelling (normally about £16-20 a litre in danish airports).

The 10 is a nice gin and makes a nice g’n’t , but I prefer the less fancy drier and cleaner basic version for martinis.
 
After a very long hiatus from gin and tonic our household has returned to it in a big way. It is now one of our three rotating aperitifs along with sherry and vermouth. What got me restarted was discovering at an in-store tasting, just as I was leaving, Aviator gin from Portland, Oregon.. It was served straight and I was delighted by both the bouquet and palate. I walked out with a bottle and in the following week or so my partner and I polished it off in three sittings, sipping it neat from the fridge. Since then we have been rediscovering gin, selecting from a range of gins that appear on offer.

With my penchant for single malts, I classify my gins as sipping and mixing gins. Our mixers have been Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Gordon's, and Boodles, usually with standard tonic water. Sipping gins have been, in addition to the Aviator, which seems different lately, Tanqueray's Rangpur and Seville, The Botanist, and next up some Glendolough. It seems that relative to what I'm reading on this thread we have been getting some pretty keen prices over here. The Botanist cost me just over £24 all in, as will the Glendalough when I pick it up this afternoon.

I'm looking at two Glendalough gins, one is the Wild Botanical Gin which, because they use locally foraged botanicals, should be similar to The Botanist. They also make a Rose Gin which, upon watching their video made it irresistable:

Rose Gin - Glendalough Distillery

Cheers ..................................... Mahmoud.

PS: Here is the video on how they make their Wild Botanical Gin - Wild Botanical Gin - Glendalough Distillery
 
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Just looking at this the London Dry Export (43% one) is £22 a bottle where the export strength (47.3%) is £55 a bottle.
That’s a fair difference. The 10 I’ve. It really looked at or entertained.
Thoughts ?
Tanqueray was always 47.3% until recently; certainly now not worth paying such a huge premium for the higher strength version, and the normal one can quite regularly be found on offer for £20 per litre, which is very fair.
 
As an aside I’ve always thought a 48% or more in spirits / Gin may be a bit punchy and perhaps not what I’m looking for.(I’m not really a spirits enthusiast)
Those pre conceptions are gone after tonight where I finished off my Lingfield Gin which upon inspection is 48%.
It was a bottle we won from Lingfield racecourse so didn’t take it seriously and it remained unopened until a couple of months ago,
It’s very good indeed with power, zest and a pleasing bitterness, the blurb says they use local Lingfield botanicals and grass from the racecourse to make it relevant as a gift for race winners,
The Gin Kitchen produce it.

The empty bottle makes space for the Tanqueray en route.
 
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