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Sep 28, 2011 06:17 AM

how do these gins compare flavor-wise?

I've been on the hunt for a nut-free gin due to allergies. I've heard back from 5 companies so far and definitely have a preference for Broker's due to their fabulous customer service, but they are a lot harder to find near me which stinks. Anyway, how do these gins compare flavor wise? Any recs for a newer gin drinker?



---New Amsterdam



--just called Tanqueray and they said it should be ok as well

(still awaiting replies from Plymouth, Hendrick's, Seagrams and Bluecoat)


(PS I did read on here that New Amsterdam is not loved by gin enthusiasts due to its high citrus content and lack of juniper....but it may be something Id like in mixed drinks esp since Im just getting into gin)

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  1. Stuck to the ones on your list, I think Gordon's is a good value choice albeit it is a classic London Dry Gin [and you will taste/smell some juniper]. My current daily drinkers are Bombay Original [not the Sapphire] and Boodles, both of which mix well to me [with my favorite drink being a Gin Buck].

    1. "PS I did read on here that New Amsterdam is not loved by gin enthusiasts due to its high citrus content and lack of juniper....but it may be something Id like in mixed drinks esp since Im just getting into gin)"

      That's how I felt about it. It almost seemed like an orange vodka to me.

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      1. re: white light

        It is definitely light on juniper, and has an artificial citrus taste but makes a decent light-tasting G+T. I couldn't resist the deal of getting a whole 1.75 l for $13 after mail-in rebate this summer.

        1. re: ncyankee101

          I went and picked up the NA 375 ml for $5.99, and the Tanqueray airplane sized mini....figured it was worth a try. Just found out Hendrick's is safe too

          Seagrams' responded but talked all about gluten, a totatlly different awaiting a new response sigh

      2. don't know if Bluecoat has nuts in it but I find it a gin that's more citrusy than junipery but still has the juniper. For a gin, it's one of my favorites.

        1. What types of nuts are you allergic too?

          Have you done any research to find out if the compound in nuts that you are allergic too even carries over through the distillation process?

          I know that gluten doesn't, and that all unflavored spirits are gluten free.

          I have only heard about a couple of gins that use nuts, those seem to use almond or bitter almond, and in very small amounts.

          Have you ever had an allergic reaction after drinking gin?

          Bombay Sapphire and Beefeater have almonds as one of the botanicals. Have you ever drunk them?

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          1. re: JMF

            I drink Bombay Original Dry Gin regularly and it lists almond botanicals as well ...

            1. re: JMF

              I looked at a gin matrix that a friend in the UK devised that lists many gins and their botanicals. Some are not available in the US.
              The following use almonds.
              All 4 Beefeater gins
              Bombay dry and Sapphire
              Berkely Square
              Citadelle and Citadelle reserve
              Old Raj
              Pink 47

              1. re: JMF

                No idea if this is accurate or not, but here's a site listing botanicals present in each gin brand:

                1. re: hawkeyeui93

                  That site is incorrect in many things, don't rely on it. Actually it's terrible. it only lists some of the botanicals. I mean you can pick up a bottle of Citadelle and read all 19 botanicals and that site only lists 4. it is even wrong about categories, especially listing Plymouth gin as London dry. Plymouth gin is the only gin in the category called Plymouth Gin.

                  1. re: JMF

                    I cannot decipher from the Citadelle website if there are 19 different botanicals in the "regular" offering, but there are certainly 19 present in the "reserve" and the website provided hereinabove shows at least 15 of them. When I look at the botanicals that are listed on my Bombay Original bottle in my possession, it has the same number of botanicals as the list cites. As I said, I have no idea if the list is accurate or not, so I guess buyer beware ...

                    1. re: hawkeyeui93

                      I have a bottle of the regular Citadelle, it lists all 19 botanicals in little pictures around the circumference of the bottle.

                2. re: JMF

                  Hi JMF,

                  Is there any chance of getting a hold of this Matrix of yours? I have a friend with a severe Cinnamon allergy, and looking for Gins that don't use Cinnamon in the production...


              2. Tanquery and tonic with a twist of lime. I have tried many other gins including Gordon's and Bombay Sapphire, and nothing compares for me.

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                1. re: Olliegator

                  I found Bombay Original makes a pretty good G 'n T as does Boodles ....