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Apr 22, 2013 01:25 PM

Aldi Gin. Better than Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire?

I'm not sure how seriously I take wines and spirits winning medals and not sure if it will replace my favourite Tanqueray.
However in these straightened times interesting that Aldi gin beat Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire in a blind taste test.

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  1. Depending on the profile of the Aldi Gin this is very possible. If the Aldi is a juniper forward London Dry style it is tough to put those in a contest with lighter more floral gins and have an even comparison.

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    1. I used to think that food and drink awards and competitions meant something. Now, after being a judge in dozens of competitions in food, spirits, cocktails, etc. I am a skeptic.

      While some competitions are very well run, and have solidly defined categories where points are awarded for how true to the category the product is, many are also poorly run and have products piled together that shouldn't be.

      That said, I don't think that highly of either Bombay Sapphire or Hendricks.

      It is the competitions where products are compared to each other that are the worst. The good competitions are where each product is judged on their own merits.

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      1. re: JMF

        Attached is a link to the actual article in the DAILY MAIL online.

        For those collectors, a link with a photo of the bottle.

        The ALDI gin is bulk-produced in Holland ( there known as 1599 ). It is a very good Gin, where in the UK it is not only for G&T, but with Bitter Lemon, or just neat. Both very common.

        ALDI, being the parent company of Trader Joes, might do well to consider the merits of marketing this product in North America. I believe it would have quite a following, as it does in Europe.

      2. Wish my Aldi's Store in the United States [North Central Iowa] had this offering ...

        1. I've seen 1599 here. Has anyone tried it? If so, thoughts?

          There are a bunch of gins here that I don't see mentioned on Chowhound but I never know how to ask about them all.

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          1. re: tokyopix

            What gins do you want to know about?