I'm going to a retirement party for a friend and have decided to give her a selection of different types of gin since she loves a good gin and tonic. Not being a gin drinker myself, I need a little help. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Hendricks has only recently become widely available, and it is a very nice change from more traditional gins. It has cucumber! Very subtle flavors and would be a great addition to her collection.
I second both selections. Tanqueray 10 is a fresh, botanical, flavour. Really distinctive. Hendricks is a bit smoother, but doesnt have the same flavour profile.
Boutique distillary gin is also on the rise. Bendistillery out of Bend, Oregon produces the increasingly common Cascade Mountain Gin, which uses fresh juniper berries. Very different, but excellent as a gift.
Imports out of London are a good option too. Gordon's is the standard martini gin. Boodles is a superior gin, and has better flavour.
Since you are going for a selection, my everyday gin is Bombay Sapphire, which is cheaper than the others and readily available. And excellent in it's own right.
Hope that helps
My three favorite gins for all-purpose consumption are Beefeater, Tanqueray (not Tanqueray 10), and Bombay (not Bombay Sapphire) -- they are all readily available and they all cost about the same. Also, they all have similar flavor profiles and represent the classic, London Dry Gin style, as opposed to Hendricks, Tanqueray 10, and Bombay Sapphire which are less traditional taste-wise.
Incidentally, my favorite gin for a G&T is Gordon's, probably because the juniper flavor is so up-front. I would never use it in a Martini though.