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  • Gin is gin, right?
  • DrJ
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    Just something alcoholic to spice up a glass of tonic?

    My sister just gave me a bottle of Crossbill and I may have to change my ideas – really different flavour, almost vegetable taste. What others am I missing?

    cchris2lou
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    Mahon gin from Menorca .

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    “Gin is just gin”

    shot him, it’s too late for him now.

    Blue Sapphire for starters.

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    Sipsmith is what all the cool kids were drinking in the summer.

    deadlydarcy
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    Plenty of boutique gins out there but in a world of spirits distilled by marketeers, I don’t really trust any of them (I’m sure some of them are actually really good but y’know…).

    For something a bit different but not breaking the bank, I’ve always rated Juniper Green.

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    No. 209 – distilled in San Francisco.

    Tried it at a gin-tasting earlier this year and of the 10 or so that I tried, it was the best. Beautifully citrus and floral, so much so that I could sip it neat.

    Finally managed to track a bottle down on Wednesday

    Here we go agin (see what I did there)

    [url=https://flic.kr/p/noDyMV]TheBotanist22[/url] by jimmyg352, on Flickr

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    As well as last year’s Gun thread there’s this one.

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/boutique-gift-gin

    steviegil
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    Bought a bottle of Harris gin last week when on the island – tasted pretty good..

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    Tanqueray #10 is quite decent enough for me or their Ranqpur indian is something different, Hendricks gin is also worth a mention

    doordonot
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    Gin is gin; it’s the tonic that can make the difference. Fever Tree is the next best alternative off the shelves and brings out more complex notes in the gin.

    Chase Gin is made with English Apples and is a refreshing alternative to the more floral gins on in the gin world.

    As above, Fever Tree is ace. As is Bramley and Gage 6 O’Clock.

    Gin? Well, everyone has a favourite, I suppose. Bombay Sapphire is good, and keeping things nice and local! Otherwise, I like either Gordon’s Export or Tarquin’s (Dreadful name, but do also try their pastis!)

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    deadlydarcy wrote:

    For something a bit different but not breaking the bank, I’ve always rated Juniper Green.

    It’s usually a bit more expensive along in Currie or Balerno right enough,

    julians
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    I quite like the following gins:-

    – Martin miller
    -Monkey 47
    -Gvine – this one’s a bit flowery so may not be to everyone’s taste
    -Deaths door -best drunk neat without a mixer

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    You could try Peddler’s Potion, but then again it was a limited run of one bottle.
    Made it myself at the Edinburgh Gin distillery last week, came in at 50%!
    On topic though, we got to try their entire range and I can recommend their Navy strength Cannonball. It’s like anything though, until you try them back to back, it’s difficult to tell. Find somewhere doing a gin tasting night and experiment.

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    If we’re talking tonic too then forget Fever Tree it’s good but this beats it.

    sssi
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    For all the Surrey Hill’s riders – try this one….

    Silent pool Gin

    deadlydarcy
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    One whole lime chopped and squeezed, shitloads of ice and a couple of glacé cherries. Delicious & fragrant.

    bikebouy
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    We drink Hendricks, Bombay Saphire and have tried pretty much everything Waitrose tends to stock, but have just settled on this … Whilst it may not be crammed full of the petals of the lesser fragrant Diana Rose, soaked in tears of children and aged in buckets from the Mary Rose it is by far reasonably local to London, made by a company who pride themselves on exceptional beer.. For that alone this gets bought more often by us than any other Gin.

    Lime, lots of ice and Fever Tree light (or Mediterranean) tonic..

    Ahhh shite, images won’t load..

    Adams Copper House Gin.

    a couple of glacé cherries

    Oooooh! ‘ark at ‘im with ‘is fancy ways!

    😆

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    Just tried Lark summer gin, doubt it’s available up there but a truly special drop and good without tonic.

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    I was on a train last week and I met a bunch of quite drunk people who had been here https://www.theginstitute.com/the-experience/. They said it was an enjoyable way to spend a day.

    wrecker
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    Wifey seems keen on this (apparently it’s not too expensive and quite nice)
    http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/10980.htm?action=showDetail&id=28740
    There are about 4 bottles in the cupboard.

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    deadlydarcy – Member

    cut out the frippery 🙄

    soobalias
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    gin should be drunk straight.

    tonic is only to keep the mozzies off.

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    gin should be drunk straight.

    If you’re a 19th century prostitute, perhaps

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    tonic is only to keep the mozzies off.

    Put tonic in my Gin Martini and I’d going to get mad

    BillMC
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    Adnams Copper House with Fevertree tonic, a match made in heaven.

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    Ophir or Sir Robyn of Locksley

    mefty
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    DD – You do a disservice to the old country, my father, who regarded gin drinking as more than a hobby, maintained Cork Dry Gin was the finest gin in the world.

    Neat/watered/pink gin drinkers were pretty common in the services, the tonic was relatively expensive compared to the duty free booze.

    hb70
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    We made our own last week. First try out and it was ludicrously tasty as well as really easy to do.

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2014/dec/29/make-your-own-gin-tonic-homemade-gandt

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    for a reasonably priced one, the aldi london dry gin is really good because it is distilled properly with the botannicals rather than just blended at the end with concentrate like the cheaper ones usually are

    nbt
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    drj wrote:

    Gin is gin, right?

    I was watching something on the telly recently about boutique gin breweries in That London’s (in) famous East London and was surprised to learn that Gin is in fact flavoured vodka.

    Start with a vodka base, add juniper to make Gin. Juniper berries are the only legal requirement in terms of flavouring, after that you can add other things to alter the taste

    atlaz
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    Every day: Tanqueray
    A G&T that screams GIN, ****: Botanist (as above)
    Hot day over ice: Brockmans
    General good gin: 47 Monkey, Mansfield (Luxembourg distiller)
    Gin for people who “don’t really like gin”: Hendricks obviously

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    Monkey 47 is my go to “posh” gin, very nice indeed. Bombay or Tanqueray are perfectly good too and Aldi is an absolute bargain for very drinkable “session gin”.

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    I like either Gordon’s Export or Tarquin’s (Dreadful name, but do also try their pastis!)

    How do their pastis rate against Greggs?

    Unless you drink your gin neat what’s the point?

    Doesn’t the other stuff you mix with it mask all the subtle “botanicals”?

    I was watching something on the telly recently about boutique gin breweries in That London’s (in) famous East London and was surprised to learn that Gin is in fact flavoured vodka.

    It gets better, Vodka is in fact just alcohol + mineral water. If it tastes crap it’s because it’s its got crap in it (because it’s cheap and they mixed the heavy ends back in and diluted with tap water).

    And whiskey/whisky/bourbon is just specific vodka’s, distilled badly and kept in poorly sealed wooden barrels.

    Not saying the results aren’t spectacular (sometimes), but just like homebrewing beer clones, you can fake your favorite whisky at home too.

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    Unless you drink your gin neat what’s the point?

    Doesn’t the other stuff you mix with it mask all the subtle “botanicals”?

    True. But I do find the cheaper gins to be an excellent base for homemade liquers – sloes and apple/ blackberry both work very well. I’ve used vodka as a base for crème de cassis – results to be announced in 6 months.

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    For people in The Peak:

    I wonder why they didn’t call it Macc Forest Gin? 🙂

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