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Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 14th, 2019, 9:54 pm
by T. Altmayer
Current favorites are Plymouth (so classic), Botanist (classic but with a slight twist) and Silent Pool (Botanist, even more so).

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 15th, 2019, 7:58 am
by Dale Bowers
scamhi wrote:
May 11th, 2018, 6:55 am
just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
Has been my go-to gin for a G & T for awhile now. Just like you I combine with Fever Tree.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 15th, 2019, 10:45 am
by scamhi
tried the new release of Roku Gin from Suntory.
very floral and citrus nose and it made a very refined G&T

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 15th, 2019, 4:29 pm
by Sarah Kirschbaum
scamhi wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 10:45 am
tried the new release of Roku Gin from Suntory.
very floral and citrus nose and it made a very refined G&T
I had Roku for the first time a while ago in Japan, and liked it a lot. It's now in our rotation, and one of my favorites. Just reloaded on another 6 pack.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 15th, 2019, 4:40 pm
by Craig G
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:29 pm
scamhi wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 10:45 am
tried the new release of Roku Gin from Suntory.
very floral and citrus nose and it made a very refined G&T
I had Roku for the first time a while ago in Japan, and liked it a lot. It's now in our rotation, and one of my favorites. Just reloaded on another 6 pack.
I just bought a bottle of this too and like it a lot.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 23rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Always love this stuff, and it’s now takes one of my mule spots in the luggage home.

https://www.lagrandeepicerie.com/en/gin ... 97001.html

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: March 24th, 2019, 8:56 am
by scamhi
thanks Andrew. I will check it out on my next visit to Paris.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: April 29th, 2019, 4:31 pm
by T. Altmayer
Just had some great small batch gin in London called Little Bird. Botanicals include grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Made a wonderfully refreshing G&T with Fever Tree Mediterranean and a slice of grapefruit.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: June 29th, 2019, 12:41 pm
by dcornutt
I have really been enjoying this Blue Gin from Austria. I have Old Raj 86 proof and Monkey 47 in house but this is the one I really love.
It is not quite as botanical but very refreshing and refined. Really digging this. I ask myself every day why I didn't like gin more in the past.
A recent convert.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 6th, 2019, 3:42 pm
by Mike Rodgers
When Hendricks first came out it was a revelation, a slice of cucumber or cucumber skin in your gin tonic and yes, heaven just opened. flirtysmile
The second revelation: Fever tree tonic and fever tree elderflower
Shortly after Hendricks open up on the us market, Nolet's gin came in an attempt to unseat hendricks. If you never tasted Nolet's, to describe is a mouthful of rose extract... overpowering (akin to a soapy crotch)
But again, did anyone played around with the monkey? Monkey 47 it is. Gin martini anyone?
Also a few from Journeyman Distillery, the noteworthy Bilberry Black Hearts.
Cheers

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 6th, 2019, 10:09 pm
by Gray G
Gunpowder Irish Gin

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 7th, 2019, 8:22 am
by Scott G r u n e r
Just got some genever from amsterdam. Curious how it is in drinks

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 7th, 2019, 8:38 am
by Andrew Kotowski
M.Kaplan wrote:
August 8th, 2015, 6:00 pm
Mike Cohen wrote:
M.Kaplan wrote:Wish Plymouth Navy Strength was sold in the US.
Mark,

I see Plymouth Navy Strength all the time in the US. Try Astor Place Wines and Spirits in NYC. Saw it there last week.
Thanks, Mike. It is now widely available, which is a good, but dangerous, thing. [cheers.gif]
Picked up a bottle because I remembered reading about it on this thread and it kicked my rear. Great stuff, but the 57% catches up to you after a couple of rounds...

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 7th, 2019, 5:26 pm
by Tyler F.
Fords is the staple in my cabinet. Great for mixing. Isle of Harris is another great bottle (UK only) which makes a killer G&T with a slice of grapefruit. I recently picked up a bottle of Hardshore Original, which is very herbal/aromatic and dials back the juniper quite a bit. Not really a G&T bottle, IMO, but excited to see what it can do in some cocktails.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 7th, 2019, 8:51 pm
by T. Altmayer
Plymouth and Botanist are the classic martinis in my house. Monkey 47 is excellent (if not a bit expensive) and love Silent Pool as well. Little Bird if you can find it in London makes a lovely G&T.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 15th, 2019, 1:04 pm
by Sarah Kirschbaum
K John Joseph wrote:
July 27th, 2017, 9:34 am



Fun Gins:
Opihr - a very aromatic gin with expressive botanicals
Xoriguer Mahon - a lovely spanish gin
St. George's Botanivore
The Botanist 22 - my dad's go to. I enjoy it, but not as much as No. 3 from Berry Bros
Old Raj - like the kafir note, a good gin
Barr Hill - an interesting gin from Vermont...a little different for a change of pace

Martinis Only:
Nolets silver
Plymouth
(but I'd rather have No. 3 over these)
I'm with you on most of the above, but we tried the Xoriguer Mahon over the weekend on a friend's recommendation and we both found it pretty objectionable due to the heavy pine scent. Our G&T's went down the drain and the almost full bottle to the back of the liquor cabinet. Different strokes, of course, but warning to those who don't like pine notes in your gin.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 15th, 2019, 1:11 pm
by K John Joseph
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 1:04 pm
K John Joseph wrote:
July 27th, 2017, 9:34 am



Fun Gins:
Opihr - a very aromatic gin with expressive botanicals
Xoriguer Mahon - a lovely spanish gin
St. George's Botanivore
The Botanist 22 - my dad's go to. I enjoy it, but not as much as No. 3 from Berry Bros
Old Raj - like the kafir note, a good gin
Barr Hill - an interesting gin from Vermont...a little different for a change of pace

Martinis Only:
Nolets silver
Plymouth
(but I'd rather have No. 3 over these)
I'm with you on most of the above, but we tried the Xoriguer Mahon over the weekend on a friend's recommendation and we both found it pretty objectionable due to the heavy pine scent. Our G&T's went down the drain and the almost full bottle to the back of the liquor cabinet. Different strokes, of course, but warning to those who don't like pine notes in your gin.
Oh shit, yeah it's massively pine/juniper scented. I like the gin because it is so aromatically expressive and I love an aggressive pine/juniper note in a G&T. I would never use it for a martini, but I dig it for the G&T.


Anyone had any of the following:

Ki No Bi Sei Kyoto Dry Gin
Coppola Ada Lovelace
Alkkemist
Gin Molto
Koval Dry

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
by brigcampbell
Tyler F. wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Fords is the staple in my cabinet. Great for mixing. Isle of Harris is another great bottle (UK only) which makes a killer G&T with a slice of grapefruit. I recently picked up a bottle of Hardshore Original, which is very herbal/aromatic and dials back the juniper quite a bit. Not really a G&T bottle, IMO, but excited to see what it can do in some cocktails.
Grapefruit... hmm...

That's a great idea.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 15th, 2019, 5:25 pm
by Sarah Kirschbaum
brigcampbell wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Tyler F. wrote:
July 7th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Fords is the staple in my cabinet. Great for mixing. Isle of Harris is another great bottle (UK only) which makes a killer G&T with a slice of grapefruit. I recently picked up a bottle of Hardshore Original, which is very herbal/aromatic and dials back the juniper quite a bit. Not really a G&T bottle, IMO, but excited to see what it can do in some cocktails.
Grapefruit... hmm...

That's a great idea.
I'm a big fan of Harris as well. Try grapefruit and a few lightly crushed green cardamom pods, either with the Harris or with any citrusy, exotic spice gin. Awesome.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 15th, 2019, 5:35 pm
by Steve Gautier
Sipsmith with grapefruit is great as well.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
by John Osburn
Picked up a bottle of Brana Citron Vert Gin in Irouleguy recently. Has a distinct lemon profile, and is quite good.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 17th, 2019, 4:24 pm
by T. Altmayer
Steve Gautier wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Sipsmith with grapefruit is great as well.
Grapefruit in the summer; rosemary and peppercorns in the winter for our G&Ts.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 17th, 2019, 4:40 pm
by Sarah Kirschbaum
John Osburn wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Picked up a bottle of Brana Citron Vert Gin in Irouleguy recently. Has a distinct lemon profile, and is quite good.
Brana makes a gin now? Must be new since we visited last about five years ago. We buy cases and cases of their rose every year, and enjoy some of their eau de vies, but I didn't know they make a gin. Interesting and thanks!

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 18th, 2019, 5:46 pm
by John Osburn
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 4:40 pm
John Osburn wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Picked up a bottle of Brana Citron Vert Gin in Irouleguy recently. Has a distinct lemon profile, and is quite good.
Brana makes a gin now? Must be new since we visited last about five years ago. We buy cases and cases of their rose every year, and enjoy some of their eau de vies, but I didn't know they make a gin. Interesting and thanks!
We were surprised as well! The limon and a piment d'espellette gin (that was a bit too peppery for balance alone but might make a good mixer). Very nice tasting room at the distillery in Osses.

Btw thanks for the Pierre Oteiza rec; the Jesus is amazing. We consumed far too much for our own good!

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 18th, 2019, 5:50 pm
by Sarah Kirschbaum
John Osburn wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 4:40 pm
John Osburn wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Picked up a bottle of Brana Citron Vert Gin in Irouleguy recently. Has a distinct lemon profile, and is quite good.
Brana makes a gin now? Must be new since we visited last about five years ago. We buy cases and cases of their rose every year, and enjoy some of their eau de vies, but I didn't know they make a gin. Interesting and thanks!
We were surprised as well! The limon and a piment d'espellette gin (that was a bit too peppery for balance alone but might make a good mixer). Very nice tasting room at the distillery in Osses.

Btw thanks for the Pierre Oteiza rec; the Jesus is amazing. We consumed far too much for our own good!
So glad you enjoyed it! I've recommended before, but no one has ever gone, to my knowledge. And Osses isn't exactly on the beaten track either.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 19th, 2019, 11:49 am
by John Osburn
That is true. But between Brana and the adjacent amazing ceramic producer http://www.poterie-goicoechea.com/en/ it is well worth the short detour from St Etienne de Baigorry (an extremely cute little town) and St Jean Pied a Port.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 20th, 2019, 11:37 am
by Mike Rodgers
Tried Malfy, an Italian gin infused with lemon. Found it very refreshing, if you like lemon give it a try.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 21st, 2019, 8:30 pm
by Casey Hartlip
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Tried Empress 1908 tonight. Agree with others that this might be a gimmick. Certainly got the medicinal nose and rather dull character.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 22nd, 2019, 2:35 pm
by K John Joseph
Good lord, Casey! Step up your tonic game and put the lime in the glass so the oil and aromatics from the oil lift the G&T!

That aside, I actually enjoy the Empress. Color is a bit silly, but I thought it carried a good classic juniper, citrus, and spice note.

Couple of new things to report:
Fever Tree Citrus Tonic: This would be okay if you didn't have any limes at home, or grapefruit, or lemon and rosemary, etc., but it is rather overpowering and not a particularly good match with Gin. I later saw adverts for this mixed with Patron, and maybe that would make more sense.

Gin Mare: Solid dry gin with nice botanicals. Classic juniper on the nose followed by herbaceous flavors lifted on the end with a citrus kick and some spicy notes. Nice and complex. I waited to try this because olives as a botanical did not sound good at all, but you don't get them on the palate. This is a nice, delicious gin and made for a great G&T with Fever Tree and lime, and with a small slice of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig.

Hendricks Midsummer Solstice - I have to say I wish I could put this back in the Cabinet of Curiosities. The floral elements are nearly overpowering as rosewater and lavender punch you in the mouth. The florals dominate, but are not integrated well enough with other botanicals to really make this a pleasant gin for a G&T. Perhaps better in a spritzy cocktail. Some citrus notes on the back end, but it's my grandmother's perfume that I can't get away from. Drank with Fever Tree tonic, slice of lime. Very disappointing. Love the Orbium, which I am going through faster than I'd like to admit, but this doesn't work for me.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: July 27th, 2019, 6:14 pm
by Kris Patten
K John Joseph wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 2:35 pm
Hendricks Midsummer Solstice - I have to say I wish I could put this back in the Cabinet of Curiosities. The floral elements are nearly overpowering as rosewater and lavender punch you in the mouth. The florals dominate, but are not integrated well enough with other botanicals to really make this a pleasant gin for a G&T. Perhaps better in a spritzy cocktail. Some citrus notes on the back end, but it's my grandmother's perfume that I can't get away from. Drank with Fever Tree tonic, slice of lime. Very disappointing. Love the Orbium, which I am going through faster than I'd like to admit, but this doesn't work for me.
Midsummer definitely better in sturdier cocktails like a salty dog. Orbium is quite the curiousity.

*we sell Hendrick's so take with a grain of salt OR 4 ounces of tonic/soda.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: August 8th, 2019, 8:46 pm
by Andrew Demaree
Enjoying some Barr Hill tonight. Interesting and a nice change of pace.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: August 17th, 2019, 3:11 pm
by Tom G l a s g o w
Went to Yashin Sushi in London. We had “Japanese G&T”; merchants heart tonic with Nikka Coffey Gin. Pretty nice.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 6th, 2019, 1:24 pm
by K John Joseph
Uncle Val's Botanical Gin I don't like this gin. I learned after the fact that this is a compound gin. London Dry gins are distilled with botanicals, and cannot have any flavoring or additional botanicals added after the distillation process. The result is an infusion of flavors, and typically a lighter less heavy handed flavor. Then you have distilled or concentrate gins that are distilled with botanicals to make a concentrate then cut back to reduce the labor intensity. Then you have compound gins, which basically just add natural and artificial flavors (plus juniper) to neutral spirits. It's the cheapest way to mass produce gin. The thing is, it's basically flavored vodka.

That's what Val's Botanical gin is according to this pretty big call out article by Gin Foundry:

https://www.ginfoundry.com/gin/uncle-va ... nical-gin/

It's corn liquor compounded with with some botanicals, then filtered and bottled. There appears to be some dispute about whether this is actually re-distilled after it is compounded with the botanicals.

I didn't know any of that when I was drinking it and my takeaway was that it was brutally heavy handed on the citrus peel. Bitter and overbearing citrus peel with some sage and juniper. Too much of a bad thing. The "gin" lacked balance. I would avoid this.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 7th, 2019, 3:41 am
by Mich@el Ch@ng
Death's Door is my favorite. Monkey 47 isn't bad.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 7th, 2019, 5:48 am
by JDavisRoby
K John Joseph wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Uncle Val's Botanical Gin I don't like this gin. I learned after the fact that this is a compound gin. London Dry gins are distilled with botanicals, and cannot have any flavoring or additional botanicals added after the distillation process. The result is an infusion of flavors, and typically a lighter less heavy handed flavor. Then you have distilled or concentrate gins that are distilled with botanicals to make a concentrate then cut back to reduce the labor intensity. Then you have compound gins, which basically just add natural and artificial flavors (plus juniper) to neutral spirits. It's the cheapest way to mass produce gin. The thing is, it's basically flavored vodka.

That's what Val's Botanical gin is according to this pretty big call out article by Gin Foundry:

https://www.ginfoundry.com/gin/uncle-va ... nical-gin/

It's corn liquor compounded with with some botanicals, then filtered and bottled. There appears to be some dispute about whether this is actually re-distilled after it is compounded with the botanicals.

I didn't know any of that when I was drinking it and my takeaway was that it was brutally heavy handed on the citrus peel. Bitter and overbearing citrus peel with some sage and juniper. Too much of a bad thing. The "gin" lacked balance. I would avoid this.
The wife loves Hendricks Gin. Brought this home one night and she hated it. Way too cloying and fake for her taste. I didn’t even taste it after that.

Did you try the Peppered Gin? It actually made a nice base for a Bloody Mary. But, I wouldn’t buy it just for that.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 7th, 2019, 8:30 am
by Andrew Kotowski
Wondering if something is going on with Plymouth gin? It’s marked as closeout at $20 everywhere I go now... usually $35.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
by T. Altmayer
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 8:30 am
Wondering if something is going on with Plymouth gin? It’s marked as closeout at $20 everywhere I go now... usually $35.
Wish i could find it at that price.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 11th, 2019, 6:56 am
by M.Kaplan
T. Altmayer wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
September 7th, 2019, 8:30 am
Wondering if something is going on with Plymouth gin? It’s marked as closeout at $20 everywhere I go now... usually $35.
Wish i could find it at that price.
Smells like maybe they changed distributors in that market and the jilted distributor is pissing in the punchbowl by blowing out remaining inventory at a steep discount.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 11th, 2019, 7:39 am
by Andrew Kotowski
Might go buy a few more bottles then. Good stuff.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 11th, 2019, 5:50 pm
by JesseC
I've been really enjoying this bottle of Dingle Gin I brought back from Ireland. Neat flavor profile, makes for an interesting negroni.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 11th, 2019, 5:56 pm
by Bryce K
I just made a G&T with Eden Mill's oak gin and Q tonic water. Really nice, even if missing some of the bolder botanical flavors.
My wife and I did a tonic taste off earlier this summer and found that we preferred Q to Fever Tree. Do not buy the Whole Foods brand tonic - it was over-sweet and unpleasant.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
by Scott Butler
Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
by Scott Brunson
Scott Butler wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well.
Plymouth Navy Strength+Fever Tree+a properly ripened Key Lime=Perfection. [cheers.gif]

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 13th, 2019, 4:00 pm
by Chr!s G|@rn3r
JesseC wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 5:50 pm
I've been really enjoying this bottle of Dingle Gin I brought back from Ireland. Neat flavor profile, makes for an interesting negroni.
My wife and I brought a few bottles of this back after visiting the distillery in 2015. We aren’t gin drinkers but we bought a print of the painting featured on the front of the bottle and thought it would be cool to have the bottle too. Turns out we really like this gin, even on the rocks. Really smooth and as you said, a unique flavor.

The original painting is hanging at the Dingle Whiskey Bar at Fraunces Tavern in NYC.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 13th, 2019, 4:00 pm
by Andrew Kotowski
Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Scott Butler wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well.
Plymouth Navy Strength+Fever Tree+a properly ripened Key Lime=Perfection. [cheers.gif]
In a pint glass :)

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 13th, 2019, 4:07 pm
by Scott Brunson
^You gotta come visit champagne.gif

We won't discuss college basketball.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 13th, 2019, 5:39 pm
by Sarah Kirschbaum
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Scott Butler wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well.
Plymouth Navy Strength+Fever Tree+a properly ripened Key Lime=Perfection. [cheers.gif]
In a pint glass :)
My husband's G&T vessel is a pint mug decorated with Simpsons characters. It lives in the freezer so it's always nice and frosty.

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 15th, 2019, 11:28 am
by Mike Rodgers
Scott Brunson wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Scott Butler wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 10:25 am
Traditional favorites for me are Hendricks and Plymouth Navy Strength, but just bought my first bottle of Aviation and I like it. The price is quite nice as well.
Plymouth Navy Strength+Fever Tree+a properly ripened Key Lime=Perfection. [cheers.gif]
Indeed [cheers.gif]

Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 15th, 2019, 11:37 am
by Russell Faulkner
Local G+T, call me a heathen but I think I prefer my normal Tanq and Schweppes at less than half the price.
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Re: Your Gin?

Posted: September 19th, 2019, 7:35 pm
by Bryce K
Because of this thread, I picked up some Monkey 47 and No. 209. Both are excellent and I have great enjoyed making G&Ts with them this week. 209 was more citrus and the monkey had some more herbal flavors. Also I really enjoyed the negroni with the Monkey 47. We are out of town this weekend, but I will be doing some martini testing with the new bottles and may need to buy a third one to complete the test.