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albinoni Mar 3, 2008 07:53 AM

As a dedicated martini drinker, I'm watching, with alarm, the unending escalation in the price of a bottle of imported gin as the dollar's value approaches that of Confederate money. Are there any American-made gins out there that are a worthy substitute for Tanquaray or Beefeater?

  1. JMF Mar 6, 2008 03:07 PM

    American gins that are excellent: Bluecoat, Aviation, Junipero, Cascade Mountain, DH Krahn, Rehorst, Back River, North Shore No. 6, Gin No. 209, Seagram's Extra Dry, Seagram's Distillers Reserve... just some of the best off the top of my head.

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      mhoffman Mar 6, 2008 02:42 PM

      Bluecoat is one of my favorites, and it's distilled in Philadelphia. I'm not sure how widely it's available yet, but in PA state stores it sells for about $23/750ml.

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      1. re: mhoffman
        MC Slim JB Mar 8, 2008 08:28 AM

        Bluecoat is indeed a worthy American gin. I couldn't buy it for the longest time in MA, but Anheuser-Busch has begun distributing it, so it should be easier to find.

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        kenito799 Mar 4, 2008 04:04 PM

        DH Krahn gin is very smooth and dry, makes a nice Martini.

        1. TroyTempest Mar 4, 2008 06:14 AM

          Another option i like is Broker's. (the one with the little plastic derby on top of the bottle). Mostly in G&Ts. its made in the UK, and i have found it for 26.99 for 1.75 liter size. So its not real cheap, but you can save 3-4 bucks from the sale price of Tanqueray.

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          1. re: TroyTempest
            MartiniGirls Mar 4, 2008 08:29 AM

            Not sure of the price, but there is a little gin out of the west coast called Aviation that is lovely- very unusual botanicals

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            brandygirl Mar 3, 2008 07:52 PM

            I haven't tried it, but a good friend who lives on Tanqueray and Tanqueray Ten martinis recently tried Trader Joe's gin and said it was very good. Now she used the Trader Joe's gin for her every day martinis and splurges on Tanqueray Ten for a special treat.

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              currymouth Mar 3, 2008 09:52 AM

              I'm a gin and tonic drinker, but I do love a crisp dry martini from time to time. Gorgon's, in my opinion, is fine for a decent G&T, but way too harsh for a dry martini. I use Hendrick's and a misting of dry vermouth. I have also seen the prices rise quite a bit and even went as far as asking my local liquor store if there were other less expensive options. His reply was to buy the bottom shelf gins that come in those large, plastic, 2 liter bottles. Needless to say, I did not heed his advice. We either have to grin and bear it , or switch to good old American bourbon.

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              1. re: currymouth
                redchile Mar 3, 2008 03:29 PM

                I have found Seagram's Extra Dry to be a reliably good, popular priced domestic gin.

                1. re: currymouth
                  watercress Mar 8, 2008 11:40 AM

                  Did you mean GIN and bear it? Awfully sorry.

                  1. re: watercress
                    currymouth Mar 9, 2008 12:08 AM

                    Now that you mention it............. That was exactly what I meant. Thanks

                2. sku Mar 3, 2008 09:15 AM

                  Junipero Gin, from Anchor Distillery in San Francisco, but it's on the pricey side.

                  1. skokefoe Mar 3, 2008 08:45 AM

                    It's not American, but I find Gordon's to be comparable to Tanqueray and Beefeater. And the price is right (about half what Tanqueray costs in my area).

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                    1. re: skokefoe
                      easily amused Mar 3, 2008 09:58 AM

                      Second the vote for Gordon's !

                      Moderately priced and flavorful.

                      1. re: easily amused
                        zin1953 Mar 3, 2008 03:01 PM

                        The Gordon's Dry Gin sold in the United States IS made in AMERICA. Gordon's in the UK is sold as Tanqueray over in the US.

                        The style of Gordon's is "London Dry Gin" but if you read the fine print . . . .

                        1. re: zin1953
                          TroyTempest Mar 6, 2008 09:48 AM

                          ok, I'll bite. What's he Tanqueray in the UK? I'm pretty sure I saw it over there?

                          1. re: zin1953
                            albinoni Mar 6, 2008 11:01 AM

                            That's interesting. Years ago when I was in London, I had some Gordon's and it bore no resemblance to the US version (it was far superior).

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