What gin do you think makes the best negroni? I've been drinking Sapphire martinis for so long, I feel like I've kind of "lost touch" with other brands or types of gin.
Thanks for any ideas....
With the plethora of amazing gins out today you really can't say which is best. It's more like what's your mood. I experiment with various types and see how they work out. Sometimes you want a bit more citrus, sometimes a bit more spice. Negroni's have quite a bit of bitter and spice/herbs as a component from the Campari and sweet Vermouth. So which way do you swing. More spice, smoother, some citrus, sweeter, or something wild and different. I could list several dozen gins and their taste components but here are a few suggestions off the top off my head.
If you want the bitter/herb to be a focus go with a neutral or spice heavy gin. Junipero is very light except the strong juniper notes, Plymouth is very smooth and on the light end, Bulldog is very, very light; while Gale Force is mild but with a black peppery bite.
For a citrus focus and to downplay the bitter/spice go for a citrus heavy gin like Bluecoat with its musky orange, Zuidam for its lemon, Seagrams for its citrus notes with a hint of oak aging.
For something completely different try using Aviation which is very sweet and bold with an large amount of cardomom, anise, and lavender. North Shore Distillers #6 has huge amounts of cardomom.
And for the piece de resistance, try G'Vine with its super smooth, very floral taste and aroma from the green grape flowers.
Here are a bunch of reviews of gins with many, many more on the way.