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I love Plymouth and Hendricks. Not much love for the lime flavored Rangpur but mostly because I'm not a fan of lime.

 

Give me your favorites and tell me why, please. What should I try next?

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I really have to think about different gins depending on what I'm mixing. For a martini or other cocktail in which the gin plays a primary flavor role, Plymouth is my standard, but I'm also quite pleased with Junipero. If I really want to go plush with a martini, I'll pick the Old Raj -- touched with saffron and bottled at 110 proof, it's mighty yet gentle and has an inimitable richness of flavor; really a fantastic gin (and for what they charge for a bottle, it better be).

 

Once you start hitting gin with different mixers, though, the calculus gets thrown off. My preference is if it's a short drink in which the gin is a player, but not central (such as a Last Word or a Corpse Reviver #2), I'll reach for the Bombay Original; I think it has a nice balance, without too heavy of a hand with the juniper, and it functions well in most any gin cocktail I could mix. I also find it a little bit smoother to my taste than Beefeater, though that's not to disparage that brand. For something like a tall drink where you want more of a juniper presence--here I'm thinking of things like a gin rickey or a G&T or a Tom Collins--I think Tanqueray does a fine job.

 

I enjoy the flavor of the more floral, "new generation" gins like Aviation and Hendricks, but to my taste they're a herd of one-trick-ponies, and after the initial surprise of the novel flavor wears off, I don't find them that useful. I initially had a fondness for Hendricks martinis, but after a while the whole roses & cucumber thing became tiresome--I wanted the gin to shut up, get to work and quit trying to be so pretty. That's when I went to Plymouth as my standard martini gin, and have no plans to switch anytime soon. Stuff like Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray 10 fall into a similar category--they don't really have much identity in the glass, and I get bored with them pretty fast.

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Still students here too.....but we also really like the Plymouth and Bluecoat very much. As we do like lime.......the Rangpur is liked here too. Definitely try the Bluecoat! :thumbup:

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I don't know nothin' 'bout anything when it comes to gin, but for what it's worth I am a big fan of Hendricks.

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I have not tasted that much as other gin-eaters but remember I liked once upon a time Gibson's, still adore Kensington, and Beefeater. The other gins have to come to my throat.

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Like CC, it all depends on what I'm making up.

 

For a martini, it's Plymouth (or Hendricks if I am in the mood for cucumber)

G&Ts I go with the Rangpur

Rocks I like both Kensington and Bluecoat

Hendricks also for my new drink made with the Pepsi Ice Cucumber from Japan

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Self-picked juniper berries. Clean, neutral 40 % ethanol. Macerate for seven days. (Shake occasionally.) Dilute with more ethanol to desired flavour strength. Drink neat. Enjoy it with dinner; why not a nice filet of moose or venison.

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Used to do similar stuff:

 

for 700 ml of vodka add 50ml of juniper distillate at 55% vol, when it is mixed well, take 500 ml and leave it, in the remaining 200 ml macerate 7 juniper berries, when they fall on the bottom, mix with the rest, and add sugar if you wish. Could be drunk neat, with tonic, whatever you wish.

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Among the crowded market of dry gins I like Beefeater, Plymouth, Boodles, Hendricks, Tanqueray regular, Tanqueray Malacca, Seagram's Distiller's Reserve, and Aviation. Among the Dutch style, I like Bols Genever, Bols Corenwyn, Bokma, and Royal Stork. :)

 

Edit: what I'd love to TRY is the new Boudier Saffron Gin.

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Among the crowded market of dry gins I like Beefeater, Plymouth, Boodles, Hendricks, Tanqueray regular, Tanqueray Malacca, Seagram's Distiller's Reserve, and Aviation. Among the Dutch style, I like Bols Genever, Bols Corenwyn, Bokma, and Royal Stork. :)

 

Edit: what I'd love to TRY is the new Boudier Saffron Gin.

 

Doc, any recommendation on where I may be able to find a bottle of Malacca? I know its out of production, but there's gotta be someone with some left over. Maybe? Possibly?

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For a martini I stick with Plymouth.

 

For G&T I really like Junipero (great well rounded "gin" flavor - what I want gin to taste like with tonic) with Boodles a close second.

 

I like Hendrick's for the Cucumber Martini when I want one, but my wife loves it for a Tom Collins (with a touch of Marachino Syrup).

 

When we have company and it goes across the board, I stick with the old original Bombay. 'Tis great fun trying new gins - it is great when you find a new one you like (like Junipero).

 

Saffron Gin??? I am now on a mission, I love saffron and it sounds yummy in gin.

 

If I had to pick one gin and only one gin? I would be VERY sad!

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Doc, any recommendation on where I may be able to find a bottle of Malacca? I know its out of production, but there's gotta be someone with some left over. Maybe? Possibly?

 

Dunno, I think I cornered the market. :twitchsmile:

 

I saw some offered on eBay for about $85 a bottle soon after it was discontinued and made it yet another of my missions to be certain I wouldn't be without it and I was lucky with some good help to sock in about 6 bottles at more reasonable prices.

 

A number of these came from NY state. As with any older spirits, the mom n' pop liquor store with dusty stock does best. If you just want to know what it tastes like, I'll be happy to send you a mini of it, and if you make it to the Left Coast, I'll share more!

 

Really, a weekend of extended liquor store exploration is a weekend well spent!

 

--Doc.

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Really, a weekend of extended liquor store exploration is a weekend well spent!

--Doc.

 

I like you more and more, every time you post. ;)

 

I make it a mission to explore any liquor store I come across. :cheers:

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For a martini I stick with Plymouth.

 

For G&T I really like Junipero (great well rounded "gin" flavor - what I want gin to taste like with tonic) with Boodles a close second.

 

I think this observation is right on. I'd reverse the choices, but that's just me. There's a new gin about to come out of Austria called Blue Gin Single Estate Harvest that we could both add as a third in this category. These gins are what I'd use in a gin buck.

 

Tanqueray is my G&T gin.

 

I like Hendrick's for the Cucumber Martini when I want one, but my wife loves it for a Tom Collins (with a touch of Marachino Syrup).

 

Beefeater is my Martini gin, Plymouth is my Pink Gin brand. Hendricks goes on the rocks, and just as you say, into specialty cocktails designed for it. Beefeater is my Collins/French 75 gin.

 

When we have company and it goes across the board, I stick with the old original Bombay. 'Tis great fun trying new gins - it is great when you find a new one you like (like Junipero).

 

Plymouth and Seagram's Distiller's Reserve are my default general cocktail gins. Aviation is a sipper for me. All the Dutch gins are delightful rocks gins. Malacca is used whereever Old Tom is called for - with the requisite sweetening.

 

Saffron Gin??? I am now on a mission, I love saffron and it sounds yummy in gin.

 

Me too, pal! Unfortunately it'd be Flying Monkeys; not offered in the States - at least not yet, AFAIK.

 

If I had to pick one gin and only one gin? I would be VERY sad!

 

Me too, but it would be Beefeater - an astonishingly underrated gin. (And Corenwyn by convincing the überlords it wasn't gin! B)

 

--Doc.

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I'm relieved to see Beefeaters getting a nod from the pros. It's been my standard for a long time. I remember dad calling for it if he had a gin drink. That and it was the only decent gin available here until recently. I've noticed some premium Beefeaters on the shelves lastely, forget the name, purple bottle? Anyway, choices keep getting better here. (Except for absinthe, of course.) I'm still waiting to procure a cuke to try a Hendrix martini. Heck, I haven't even tried the Blackwood's in a martini yet. It's so good in a gin and tonic (the Hendricks seemed muddy by comparison) and it's what the weather calls for. Just waiting for my lavender/hyssop gin to mature now. Anybody have the score on the premium Beefeaters?

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Usually have Tanqueray, Beefeater's, Plymouth, and Junipero in the house.

 

Tanqueray for drinks that need a pronounced juniper spine. Gin Fizzes just don't cut it without that strong flavor.

 

Beefeater's for yer more sophisticated Dry Martinis and such.

 

Plymouth for Aviations and various other drinks.

 

Junipero can be a bear to mix, so I usually keep it simple.

 

The Improved Holland Gin Cock-tail* and Casino Cocktail are both pretty awesome with Junipero. Aviation Gin also makes a really tasty Improved Holland Gin Cocktail.

 

Just finished a bottle of Boodles, which was OK. It does mix well with Absinthe, which is something in its favor. Unless it was on sale again, though, I don't think I'd pick it over Beefeater's.

 

Got a bottle of Blue Coat gin today. It's just starting to show up on the West Coast. I can't wait to try later this week.

 

~Erik

 

*IMPROVED HOLLAND GIN COCKTAIL

Adapted from David Wondrich & Jerry Thomas

 

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 scant teaspoon simple syrup*

1/2 teaspoon Maraschino Luxardo liqueur.

1 dash absinthe, or substitutes like Pernod or Absente

2 ounces Holland gin

1 thinly cut lemon twist.

 

Combine the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist the swatch of lemon peel over the top, rub it around the rim of the glass, and drop it in.

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Among the crowded market of dry gins I like Beefeater, Plymouth, Boodles, Hendricks, Tanqueray regular, Tanqueray Malacca, Seagram's Distiller's Reserve, and Aviation. Among the Dutch style, I like Bols Genever, Bols Corenwyn, Bokma, and Royal Stork. :)

 

Edit: what I'd love to TRY is the new Boudier Saffron Gin.

 

...what he said...

 

Although unlike Doc, I HAVE tried the new Boudier Saffron Gin. And Doc was 10 feet away from it at the London Bar Show, and I tried and tried and tried, to get him to go in and try some... but apparently he never did... :->

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Here's a little competition between a few gins mentioned (and not). If anyone is bored, weigh-in on what these pros had to say.
The dividing line between vodka and gin has always been the addition of juniper to gin. But among the spirits sold as gin today, some have reduced juniper to a secondary component while others seem to have dispensed with it altogether. We found that cardamom was prominent in quite a few of the 20 gins we had stirred into martinis.

 

“You see cardamom over and over,” Audrey said. “It’s exciting but you have to guard the category or you’ll just be drinking flavored vodkas.”

See? It happens with other spirits, too. "Guard the category." I like that.

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Nice to see you, Stomp. :cheers:

 

So, I've stumbled onto the best choices already, eh? Still, I really want to give the Bluecoat and Blackwoods a taste. Maybe a couple others? ;)

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Made us our first Blackwood's martinis tonight. Startlingly tasty. I mean, just so much cleaner and brighter without all that tonic, which I've come to favor. So, now that I've got a smile and the taste buds are more relaxed I'll have to try a Hendricks. Except it'll have to go on even footing. Still don't have a cucumber I'm willing to spare.

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I find that between Plymouth and Hendrick's, that's all the gin I need. Those two cover all the bases for me.

 

Stomp, I gotta ask...can you reduce your necessary absinthes down that far too?

 

--Doc.

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Agreed on that, I just love gin and don''t find any need to keep just a couple. In fact, my gin selection is growing almost as fast as absinthe.

 

On the good Doctor's recommendation I grabbed a bottle of Beefeater's and was very plesantly surprised - I don't remember it being that tasty. Maybe my appreciation for gin has grown up a bit? All I can say is it made a darn good martini!

 

On the saffron gin front, tomorrow I plan on finding the correct flying monkeys to provide a bottle...

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209 has been making it onto more and more top shelves in the SF Bay Area-- hoping it gets wider distribution. Smooth texture with lots of coriander and lemon peel-- great on the rocks with a slice of lemon, not so great with lime. Enjoyed a bunch of Ketel1 when I was in Amsterdam a few weeks ago-- too bad I can only find their vodka around here.

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Bols Genever

Plymouth

Hendrick's

Tanqueray

 

Pretty much in that order. Of course I can't get the Bols any more so I pretty much stick to the remaining three.

 

Mostly I drink G&T with an occasional martini.

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