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kathrynanne Dec 17, 2008 06:33 AM

As a martini lover I am hoping to get some thoughts on "budget" brands of gin. My preferred brand is Boodles, and it is $18 in my area. I like Bombay original, better than the Sapphire, as well. However, I am hoping to economize a bit. Can anyone steer me in the direction of more reasonable priced bottles?

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    wontonton RE: kathrynanne Dec 17, 2008 12:27 PM

    There's always Gordon's and Seagram's. Those are what I turn to when trying to save some cash.

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      BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: wontonton Dec 17, 2008 03:07 PM

      We generally buy moderately high-priced booze, our logic being that since we don't drink that much, we might as well stick with the good stuff. But we always have a large plastic jug of Gordon's ($12 for 1.75 liters in New Hampshire) along with the Plymouth, in part because my wife actually prefers it in her G&Ts.

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        Steve_K RE: BarmyFotheringayPhipps Dec 17, 2008 07:11 PM

        It really does confuse me how you can get it that cheap when I'm less than 300 miles away and it costs (the equivilant of) $30 for ONE litre.

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          BarmyFotheringayPhipps RE: Steve_K Dec 18, 2008 07:31 AM

          New Hampshire's state-run liquor stores generally have uncommonly low prices due to the state's tax laws, and Gordon's is one of those things that's usually on sale whenever I need to buy some.

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      roundfigure RE: kathrynanne Dec 17, 2008 02:09 PM

      If you're near a Trader Joe's swing by and pick up a bottle of their house brand, Rear Admiral Joseph's Original London Dry Gin, for $8. Pretty good quality for short money. (Incidentally I, like you, prefer Bombay original to the ubiquitous Sapphire, so our tastes may be compatible.) Or, if you like Tanqueray, Costco is selling it these days for $20 for the big 1.75 liter bottle with coupon good until the 24th.

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        TroyTempest RE: roundfigure Dec 18, 2008 10:27 AM

        Tanqueray (1.75) for $20. That's amazing. I can't tell what city you are in, but at our Austin Costco, it is on sale for $33. Costco Liquor in TX is in a different building than the big store (right next door), due to our liquor laws, and I think it is run by a different bunch of people.
        Anyway, back to the original question. I like Broker's gin. It is London Dry style, a lot of juniper like Tanq. and imported from the UK. I can usually find it for around $30 for a 1.75 at Spec's.

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          kathrynanne RE: roundfigure Dec 18, 2008 11:06 AM

          It is funny that you mention Trader Joe's house gin, because every time I am in a state that allows liquor to be sold outside of the state stores, I pop into TJ's and get that! I think it is an unbelivable bargain. Better liquor laws are not a good enough reason to move though!

        2. JMF RE: kathrynanne Dec 19, 2008 06:02 AM

          I agree on the recommendations of Gordon's and Seagrams. Both are mid-priced, and dirt cheap at the NH state stores where I shop as well. Gordon's is what I call the perfect, middle-of-the-road, typical London dry gin. It's crisp, not too overwhelming with the juniper, but still has a solid juniper presence. http://www.slashfood.com/2006/11/14/g...

          Seagram's is a dry American style, it has a bit of a nice juniper/citrus profile, and the only barrel aged gin that I know of. It's really a hidden secret and both under-rated and under-priced. http://www.slashfood.com/2006/10/30/g...

          I've heard good things about New Amsterdam gin but haven't tried it yet.

          Gin Notes: http://www.slashfood.com/search/?q=gi...

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            chazzerking RE: JMF Dec 19, 2008 02:31 PM

            New amsterdam is a very pleasant smooth gin with a moderate juniper/citrus profile. It makes fine GTs and decent martinis. I think it is definitely a buy for the price(around here about $16for a 750) I'm still going to spring the extra 3 bucks for Plymouth, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at NA

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              JungMann RE: JMF Jan 2, 2009 09:06 AM

              I tried New Amsterdam and found the citrus and sweet floral notes too dominant to enjoy.

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              ed1066 RE: kathrynanne Dec 20, 2008 02:08 PM

              Are the cheaper gins made any differently than the higher-end ones? I had heard that the low-cost product is basically just grain alcohol with the botanical extract mixed in, whereas better gin actually has the botanicals infused during the distillation process. Anyone know if this is true? Some gin labels say "distilled" and others don't.

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                JMF RE: ed1066 Jan 7, 2009 04:57 AM

                Yes, low end gins are made how you say. The process is called cold compounding, where extracts are added to neutral spirits and water added to lower to bottle proof.

                If it says distilled gin on the label then the neutral spirits are distilled either with the botanicals in the still kettle, the botanicals steeped in the spirits filtered and distilled, or the botanicals in a 'gin basket' or on racks in the vapor path so that the alcohol vapor can pick up the flavor and aroma.

              2. ellaystingray RE: kathrynanne Dec 20, 2008 06:07 PM

                You could also try Gilbey's. With a squarish bottle, some what like Boodles, you can squint and just imagine you are drikning your fav...or drink half the bottle for similar effect.

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                  Wienerhound RE: kathrynanne Jan 3, 2009 06:11 PM

                  Of all the gins already listed I think there is one that is even cheaper and has a fairly good gin flavor. It is McCormick Gin made in Misouri if think. I live in SC and can find it in sme ABC stores. If you go to look for McCormick's it will not be at eye level. Look down toward the floor and you might find it. Good luck on finding it and lets pray this recession is short and not too deep.

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                    kathrynanne RE: kathrynanne Jan 7, 2009 10:14 AM

                    Thanks for all the suggestions. I tried New Amsterdam and agree with the poster that it was too citrusy for my liking. I think Gordon's is good, and a definite value for the price. It seems to be more in the style of gin I prefer.

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