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#251 Post by Casey Hartlip » March 4th, 2018, 6:51 am

Recently tried a bottle of Prairie gin. I'm a big fan of their vodka. My go-to for a G&T is Beefeater. This first sip seemed pretty exotic, but halfway through the drink it tasted superficial and cheap.
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#252 Post by Andrew Kotowski » March 19th, 2018, 6:18 am

Enjoying this right now -> http://www.ginfoundry.com/gin/citadelle-gin/

In all fairness, I couldn't find Fever Tree near the house, so pairing it with Pellegrino Lemon/Mint. Good stuff, with a strong nose, but nowhere near the nose on a Monkey 47. Still, very good!
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#253 Post by EHeffner » March 19th, 2018, 1:00 pm

Wilderer Finbos gin is fantastic. Very earthy/mineral
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#254 Post by K John Joseph » March 20th, 2018, 2:03 pm

Had Nikka Coffey Gin on Saturday. Citrus, pepper, slight vegetal note. I was not impressed. Lacked cut and lift despite the citrus aromatics. Rather floundered in a disappointing gin and tonic made with Fever Tree and fresh lime. --EDIT-- my have had Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic...they did this to me once with a Monkey 47 and it neuters the aromatics. Will find a way to try it with another Fever Tree's normal.

Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin - This is strange stuff. Has classic juniper and citrus, but massive coriander and pink peppercorn and some lychee or something on there that's atypical but compelling. It's really quite smooth and the slightly higher ABV is well hidden. Very expressive stuff, and rather unique. A good once in a bit gin for me. High quality is obvious, it's just whether you love the quite-different palate.
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#255 Post by Andrew Kotowski » April 29th, 2018, 3:35 am

Picked this one up in the Madrid duty-free (you might be able to tell I do more gin shopping at the airport than I do at the store).

https://theginisin.com/gin-reviews/nord ... ician-gin/

#nailedit with the perfumed bar of soap. Interesting to see a gin distilled from Albarino wine grapes, but not sure I'd keep this as a go-to bottle. Definitely fun to try on a warm day, given the flavor combos. Nowhere near as peppery and dry as the Distillerie de Paris's "Batch 1" I'm driving through right now, as well. http://www.ginfoundry.com/gin/distillerie-de-paris-gin/

Still have to go with Bareksten as my hands-down favorite, with Monkey as a close second.
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#256 Post by Andrew Kotowski » May 11th, 2018, 5:48 am

Pricey, but I'm enjoying the hell out of this. Am posting, as I swear half of the people on WB are Paris regulars.

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#257 Post by scamhi » May 11th, 2018, 6:55 am

just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
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#258 Post by Andrew Kotowski » May 11th, 2018, 6:58 am

scamhi wrote:just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
One of my favorites. Fortunately, the Distiller’s Cut was 136 euros, so zero chance of an upsell.
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#259 Post by scamhi » May 11th, 2018, 7:11 am

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
scamhi wrote:just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
One of my favorites. Fortunately, the Distiller’s Cut was 136 euros, so zero chance of an upsell.
in NYC a 1L bottle sells for approx $65.00 Let me know if you want one, coming to Paris end of June.
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#260 Post by Paul Jaouen » May 11th, 2018, 7:50 am

scamhi wrote:just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
You were drinking this at 9:55 am? [wow.gif]
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#261 Post by Andrew Kotowski » May 11th, 2018, 1:56 pm

scamhi wrote:
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scamhi wrote:just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
One of my favorites. Fortunately, the Distiller’s Cut was 136 euros, so zero chance of an upsell.
in NYC a 1L bottle sells for approx $65.00 Let me know if you want one, coming to Paris end of June.
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#262 Post by K John Joseph » July 9th, 2018, 9:57 am

Empress 1908 Gin
I bought this on a whim thinking it had a lovely dark blue glass bottle and was supposed to be an interesting gin. I poured it at home and about shit. The gin is blue/purple, the glass bottle is clear. Luckily the gin is actually pretty damn good, with a classic juniper profile layered with really nice other citrus and spice botanicals. Smooth, complex, and more than just a crisp london dry style. Solid if you can get past the color.

Aviation Gin
Excitement about finally trying this cut short by isopropyl nose. Juniper deep in background, as more citrus, floral, and herb come through. Palate is moderately smooth and moderately complex with an atraditional profile leaning more towards herbals, florals, and moderate citrus. I just don't get the fuss. It is neither compelling to me neat or in a gin and tonic (Fever Tree, lime). I am not recommending this, though understand others have raved about it.
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#263 Post by K John Joseph » July 12th, 2018, 8:41 am

Aviation Gin
I revisited this last night. I was curious, given the rave reviews, whether I just mixed a bad drink or was in a mood. Nope. I'm certain, now, that to me this gin is shit. I reiterate that the dominant characteristic to me is isopropyl in nature. There is some backing of citrus and floral, but I cannot get past the rubbing alcohol nose and flavor. I finished this out of sheer laziness and preoccupation. I've currently got Monkey 47, Empress 1908, Berry Bros No. 3 London Dry, Eden Mill, and this (having just finished my Caoroon, which is lovely), and this is easily dead last by a big margin.
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#264 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » July 12th, 2018, 1:30 pm

I don't like it either, John. There are a few darlings my husband and I just don't like or don't get. The Botanist is another - it's fine, but I'd never buy it or praise it. Then there's Bluecoat, which is made in Philadelphia, so it's in every single bar in town. It's terrible.

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#265 Post by M.Kaplan » July 12th, 2018, 2:05 pm

I like The Botanist in a martini (not in a G&T) as a change of pace from the heavier gins that I tend to favor. Regardless, it is far and away the best spirit distilled at Bruichladdich during the Murray McDavid ownership period.
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#266 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » July 12th, 2018, 4:18 pm

True 'dat, my friend.

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#267 Post by K John Joseph » July 13th, 2018, 1:22 pm

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:I don't like it either, John. There are a few darlings my husband and I just don't like or don't get. The Botanist is another - it's fine, but I'd never buy it or praise it. Then there's Bluecoat, which is made in Philadelphia, so it's in every single bar in town. It's terrible.
My dad, who has a very good palate, always has the Botanist as his house gin (when he's out of Monkey 47). I think it's good stuff, but I'm not enamored by it and have only had a bottle of it in my stash maybe once ever. Plymouth for me is another one that falls into the "what gives" category. I think it's okay for a Martini, but it's not particularly expressive, or high on character. I think it is smooth, rather subtle, and rather boring albeit a refined boring spirit. I like gins with a bit more punchy character.
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#268 Post by Anton D » July 13th, 2018, 1:49 pm

Paul Jaouen wrote:
scamhi wrote:just tried Monkey47 with fever tree Indian tonic and a squeeze of lime-a pretty perfect G&T
You were drinking this at 9:55 am? [wow.gif]
It really is.

It may have been here, I forget, but I just learned about their 'distiller's cut' and now searching!
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#269 Post by John Osburn » July 16th, 2018, 4:05 pm

Aviation is from PDX, so it's everywhere around here. The one advantage is that it leaves the actually good-tasting gin for us. Sarah's recommendation got us hooked on Old Raj. That plus fever tree light (less sugar) tonic and one drop of angostura bitters is a pretty top-notch G&T for our house.

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#270 Post by Casey Hartlip » July 29th, 2018, 6:01 pm

Took a flyer on Kirkland gin today. Half gallon for $17. Not really good. Tastes like New Amsterdam. Squeeze a little more time in the G&T!
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#271 Post by Joe Raymond » August 10th, 2018, 1:40 pm

Villacana Winery out of Paso has a Gin that I bought and to me it was delicious and really hits the spot for me. I will be loading up on more of this soon. The gin is made from leftover grape juice from their wine making and added in. If you haven't checked it out I think it is worth a shot for a little bit more floral and sweetish Gin
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#272 Post by Scott Sutherland » August 15th, 2018, 10:41 pm

I admittedly don’t drink a ton of gin as I don’t love juniper. However, I’ve been using the four pillars London dry for cocktails and loving it. Very light on the juniper and heavy on the citrus. I’ll be on the lookout for more “juniper-light” Gina.

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#273 Post by K John Joseph » August 20th, 2018, 7:17 am

Thoughts on tonics? I like Q and Fever Tree Indian. I ran into someone who swears by the Fever Tree Mediterranean but I had a Monkey 47 and tonic with the Medi and thought it tasted more like club soda. Any thoughts on the medi and how you like to use it? Also, anyone tried Fever Tree's flavored tonics, like the elderflower?
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#274 Post by N. Nikolis » August 20th, 2018, 1:22 pm

Fever Tree Indian is too sweet for my taste. Any recommendations for drier tasting tonics?

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#275 Post by K John Joseph » August 22nd, 2018, 9:15 am

Q Tonic is focused on low sugar.

The Fever Tree Medi tastes more like club soda.
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#276 Post by David K o l i n » August 22nd, 2018, 10:10 am

Tried Newfoundland Seaweed Gin this week. Juniper, seaweed and savory. Very mild but interesting

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#277 Post by M.Kaplan » August 22nd, 2018, 10:52 am

K John Joseph wrote:
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Thoughts on tonics? I like Q and Fever Tree Indian. I ran into someone who swears by the Fever Tree Mediterranean but I had a Monkey 47 and tonic with the Medi and thought it tasted more like club soda. Any thoughts on the medi and how you like to use it? Also, anyone tried Fever Tree's flavored tonics, like the elderflower?
Lurisia Acqua Tonica Di Chinotto is my favorite. Difficult but not impossible to find in the US. I also like Three Cents Tonic and Aegean Tonic very much, but I do not believe they are imported to the US. Q is my preference among readily available tonics. Fever Tree Indian is next, but its carbonation dissipates too quickly for my taste.
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#278 Post by dcornutt » August 22nd, 2018, 12:05 pm

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
I am not a big gin/tonic person but this version was my go-to in San Sebastian at the Maria Christina and my absolute favorite. Monkey 47/Fever Tree . Delicious late afternoon drink.
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#279 Post by SimonC » September 7th, 2018, 4:35 am

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Lately big on Gin Mare!
Spanish with rosemary, thyme, olive, and basil notes.

Great in Negroni's
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#280 Post by K John Joseph » September 10th, 2018, 1:26 pm

Tried Beefeater 24 and Brooklyn Gin this weekend.

Beefeater 24 A fine classically styled London Dry with juniper, citrus, and soft herbal notes on the finish. It is smooth, a rather typical, classic style of London dry, with moderate to good complexity. It is simply not going to wow you. I found myself describing it as "a not as good version of Caorunn" or "Like Botanist with fewer botanicals" It's just fine, but I'll spend my money elsewhere.

Brooklyn Gin is at least very distinctive. First, the bottle is offensively large and heavy, with a top made of more metal than commonly found atop an ax handle. Unlike the Beefeater 24 bottle, it is at least rather attractive. The nose is heavily citrus driven, with massive grapefruit peel and lime leaf notes. It is followed by a strong coriander note with some zippy juniper. It's really in your face. It's initial attack is a bit like Monkey 47, but without all the complexities. I probably will not buy this for my house. I'd bet this is best in cocktails other than G&T and martini.
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#281 Post by LMD Ermitaño » November 14th, 2018, 6:18 pm

Botanist, Gin Mare & Monkey 47 are what I usually keep a stash of at home.

Botanist I mainly have during our (always) blistering Philippine summers. It’s easy, casual “session” drinking gin for me.

Gin Mare is one of my wife’s favourites; so I always have at least one bottle ready at home. She has it without any mixer - just on the rocks with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Monkey 47 is also a staple at home. A small splash of Fever Tree, and there you go.

I also like Copperhead a lot; but it isn’t readily available in Manila for some reason. I get to drink it only at 2 of the few bars I frequent (when they have it in stock, which isn’t always the case).
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#282 Post by Gray G » November 14th, 2018, 6:59 pm

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Hi Sean - not much of a recipe, really. It's just roughly equal parts Nordes Gin, a decent but not too expensive albarino, and Fever Tree or other good tonic. Garnish with a bay leaf, fresh if possible. I am sure it would still be a good drink with other gins, but the Nordes is what makes this special.

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#283 Post by Henry Kiichli » November 27th, 2018, 12:32 pm

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#284 Post by Christine Huang » January 14th, 2019, 2:47 pm

Apparently, I have a thing for gins with Bs in them:

Berry Bros & Rudd No. 3 — my go to
Botanist — pleasing, balanced
Reisetbauer Blue — martinis
Old Raj Blue — martinis
Blue by Forthave Spirits — very fun gin with juniper, grapefruit, mint, and lavender. Distilled from Sugarcane. It reminds me of the other Blue, but more expressive. On the rocks with a twist or in G&T.

Non-B gins:
Roku — new favorite to play with, love the yuzu!
New Amsterdam — great gin for cocktails
Hendricks — for those who enjoy it (including me)

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#285 Post by G. Bienstock » January 15th, 2019, 6:30 am

I have been enjoying Pearl from Canada. Very smooth.
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#286 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 18th, 2019, 9:38 pm

Picked up a bottle of Botanist today - very nice. Will look out for a few of the others mentioned here, as well
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#287 Post by Gray G » January 19th, 2019, 2:58 pm

been going big with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic lately....lovely
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#288 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 19th, 2019, 3:08 pm

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#289 Post by Robert M yers » January 28th, 2019, 8:48 pm

Has anybody tried the new Hendricks?

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#290 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » January 29th, 2019, 6:24 am

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#291 Post by Christine Huang » January 29th, 2019, 6:28 am

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Has anybody tried the new Hendricks?
The Orbium? If so, yes. It’s a heady, floral gin. I don’t know what Blue Lotus Blossoms are supposed to taste like, so I can’t delineate it from the other botanicals.

I like it though. It makes a distinctive martini and can hold its own in cocktails such as The Bees Knees or The Business (same but with lime instead of lemon) where assertive citrus & honey can overpower standard gins.
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#292 Post by Robert M yers » January 29th, 2019, 6:53 am

That’s the one I was trying to think of, thanks for the insight. I like a regular Hendricks every once in awhile so I’ll probably give it a try.

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#293 Post by Paul Miller » January 29th, 2019, 7:24 am

Have you tried the new Hendricks in a Negroni?

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#294 Post by Christine Huang » January 29th, 2019, 8:32 am

Paul Miller wrote:
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Have you tried the new Hendricks in a Negroni?
Not yet, but if I must... [wink.gif]

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#295 Post by Christine Huang » January 29th, 2019, 7:23 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 8:32 am
Paul Miller wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 7:24 am
Have you tried the new Hendricks in a Negroni?
Not yet, but if I must... [wink.gif]
For research purposes, of course:

The Orbium works very well, in my opinion. If you like the sweet bitterness of Campari, this accentuates it in a nice way. If you don’t - stay away. It doesn’t get lost in cocktails but I don’t think it overwhelms them, either.

The Orbium is hard to describe. Orbium is the unexpected sultriness of Marlene Dietrich vs. Roku’s elegant cheeriness of Audrey Hepburn?
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#296 Post by Paul Miller » January 29th, 2019, 7:40 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Christine Huang wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 8:32 am
Paul Miller wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 7:24 am
Have you tried the new Hendricks in a Negroni?
Not yet, but if I must... [wink.gif]
For research purposes, of course:

The Orbium works very well, in my opinion. If you like the sweet bitterness of Campari, this accentuates it in a nice way. If you don’t - stay away. It doesn’t get lost in cocktails but I don’t think it overwhelms them, either.

The Orbium is hard to describe. Orbium is the unexpected sultriness of Marlene Dietrich vs. Roku’s elegant cheeriness of Audrey Hepburn?
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#297 Post by G. Bienstock » January 30th, 2019, 6:35 am

I have been enjoying Pearl from Canada. Smooth and flavorful.
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#298 Post by HDolan » January 30th, 2019, 1:03 pm

Does anyone know if The Orbium is a limited bottling-ie soon to disappear?

Sounds very good but very different from my go to favorite-DINGLE GIN. Go to the distillery when in Ireland. Great folks. Also hit Dingle crystal while you are there.

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#299 Post by jrozes » January 31st, 2019, 11:17 am

Been enjoying Gray Wolf sassafras finished gin with Fever Tree elderflower tonic. Quite different from the usual, and very nicely balanced.

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#300 Post by K John Joseph » February 20th, 2019, 12:17 pm

Christine Huang wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 6:28 am
Robert M yers wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Has anybody tried the new Hendricks?
The Orbium? If so, yes. It’s a heady, floral gin. I don’t know what Blue Lotus Blossoms are supposed to taste like, so I can’t delineate it from the other botanicals.
I bought this last weekend and tried in a standard G&T with Fever Tree tonic and a lime slice. It's very smooth and in place of cucumber is a distinct, light, very floral note lifted with a light bitter citrus peel flavor. Good, different, and fairly well balanced, though driven most predominately by its floral notes.

Refreshing and different. Probably won't be a standard go to for me, but for something a bit different, it is very nice.
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