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Apr 9, 2007 08:54 AM

Gin, anyone?

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!

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    1. 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.

      1. 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

          1. re: JMF

            Great link! thanks for the reference. How readily available are the Gin's mentioned though? I havent heard of many of them.

            1. re: yen

              Most are available at Astor Wine an Spirits in NYC who do mail order. Depends upon where you are. Some like Bluecoat and South Shore are only distributed in limited areas.

          2. 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.

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            1. re: Fozzie_Bear

              I just bought a bottle if Plymouth. Haven't tried it yet (waiting for the temperature in VT to break 40 degrees for a G & T).

              1. re: TonyO

                plymouth and tangueray are two of my favorite Gins. Though I think the higher proof and more up-front Juniper in the tang are better for a g & T. The plymounth is much smoother with a great taste. try it on the rocks with a twist of lime

                1. re: quazi

                  Living in Canada, im envious at your Gin selection. Plymouth sounds awesome.

                  1. re: yen

                    I've found some really hard to get gin in Canada. Some were available there from the UK before they hit the US. I guess it may depend upon your province and you may need to seek out stores that specialize in fine spirits.

                    1. re: yen

                      Plymouth gin is available at most liquor stores in Ontario.

                  2. re: TonyO

                    Since Plymouth is an entirely differnet style, and the only one of it's style, as well as just good gin, I would definitely include that in the mix.

                  3. re: Fozzie_Bear

                    interesting to know about Gordon's, because the reason i have always drank Tanueray (not Tanqueray 10) in my G&Ts is because of the juniper flavor, which i do not find in the "fancier" gins. I will have to try that. is Gordon's price similar to Tanqueray?

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      I think Tanqueray is still more juniper-y, but Gordon's is a great bargain and I enjoy it quite often. How great a bargain is it? Going by New Hampshire state prices: 1.75L for Gordon's is $14 and Tanqueray is $28!

                      1. re: skokefoe

                        In Baltimore, Gordons is $11.99!!!!