Exploring alcohol - first stop Gin

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  1. Dancook

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    Gin and tonic - probably one of my favourite drinks.

    When I was younger it was Gordon's gin, but once I moved to Bombay Sapphire I never looked back.

    More recently I've started to branch out, a bottle of hendricks the other week and today I just bought a bottle of Williams Chase.

    Any gin fans out there got any opinions on gin? I haven't bought any tonic water yet to go with it, because I was wondering if there was something better than schweppes I should be trying this gin with?

    Feel free to expand this with discussion about the slightly more expensive alcohols. Never really been a vodka drinker, but some of the frosted bottles make it look tempting..
     
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    Never really been a fan of Vodka, but people seem to keep buying me bottles of Stoli
    - to me it's just high % ethanol with zero flavour

    Gin though, love BS as well as Hendrick's and Tanqueray
    - all uniquely flavoured

    As for tonic water, no big deal for me ... supermarket own brand, Schweppes, Canada Dry - whatever's cheaper
     
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    Schhhhh you don :smashin:

    They are doing another round of tastings shortly.
     
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    Try making your own Sloe Gin, it lovely. Problem is it's too easy to drink and before you know it you're sozzled.
     
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    Awesome :) I need to find some Fever Tree tonic!

    as the article puts it, 3/4 of your drink is tonic water - and something about a not so nice tasting 'saccharine' in a lot of them.

    Some thing I definitely wish to explore
     
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    I like Hendricks with a bit of cucumber thrown in there, not tried the cucumber with the others mind but it's quite nice.

    More of a whisky fan myself though, can't have too much unfortunately or the other Rory comes out and he's not nice
     
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    I think, but not 100% sure that I've seen it at Waitrose, so you could get some of theirs at the same time to compare.
     
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    Yes I note both Sainsburys and Waitrose sell the Fever Tree stuff, went to Waitrose today to get the Gin - They were also getting rid of cooked whole chickens for £1.85 mmm

    I'll see which I have time to visit by the weekend
     
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    I note the Williams chase website mentions a slice of apple, I haven't yet added any thing to my G+T - not even ice. (well at home anyway)
     
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    My more regular gin would be bombay sapphire, but the more expensive occasional drink would be tanqueray, not extortionately priced and can be had at the supermarket but the latter is well worth a try :thumbsup:

    As far as tonic, i tend to go schweppes non diet but thats just from not knowing any better, look forward to seeing recommendations on that front.

    Not really a fan of sloe gin myself, if there were a decent mixer for it that ive not tried i think i might enjoy it.
     
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    You'll need some of this.
     
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    Have you a particular recipe in mind for that?.

    There are some great names out there for Sloe Gin, but I don't particularly fancy the ingredients.

    eg Sloe Comfortable Screw (with Southern Comfort Peach liqueur, whatever that is)

    And who wouldn't fancy a Violent **** :eek:

    Edit: Well, I never realised: Southern Comfort is just that: a Peach and Bourbon Liqueur :facepalm:
     
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    Like Bombay, Beefeater and thought this organic gin The Organic Spirits Co Ltd. was nice. A cheap one thats a good un is this Greenalls Gin - London Dry Gin
    Also have a bottle of this from Penderyn in the cupboard not opened yet Penderyn Distillery | Brecon Special Reserve Gin from Penderyn. Buy Brecon Gin online.. If it is anything like their whisky it should be lovely.
    I tried the fever tree - very nice indeed, but I don't see it being worth 3 times more than a Schweppes. I am not paying £3 a litre for tonic.

    It's worth buying nice glasses to drink a gin out of - it tastes nicer.
     
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    IG is correct, IIRC it's about £3.00 odd for 4 smallish bottles
     
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    I do like Bombay Sapphire, but only tend to get it through Duty Free 2 x 1 litre bottles for £24.00 is a steal in my book
     
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    Peroni pint glass yea :thumbsup::devil:
     
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    Another vote for hendricks and cucumber very nice. Quite like tanqueray or however it's spelt.

    More a whisky fan but am partial to a G&T
     
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    Wife has drunk Gin for decades - she offered me a few several times but I never took her up - seemed like an 'old dears' drink to me ;)

    Was on a night out three weeks ago and came back from the bar with 4 gins instead of three - so I decided to take the extra Bombay & Tonic - how I regret not trying it before :blush:

    I really do like it :smashin:

    Don't like whisky/bacardi/vodka etc etc - -occasionally have a Drambuie or a Tequila , but, I'm bowled over by Gin.

    I've been experimenting nightly since:

    Gordons - average
    Bombay - excellent
    Tanquery - excellent
    Tanquery No 10 - a tad more expensive but bloody gorgeous :thumbsup:

    I've even cracked open her birthday present - a bottle of 60% Blackwoods Vintage Dry Gin from the Shetlands :devil: - pretty damn good.

    Schweppes slimline is mighty fine - others I find a tad too 'sweet' and I picked up a dozen bottles of Fevertree from my local Majestic wine shop and it goes superbly with all of the above.

    Can't believe it has taken me 30 years to find a tipple that I really enjoy, but, better late than never!!


    Homer
     
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    Sounds good .. :)
    used to use just nice tumblers but we were bought some really nice crystal ones, seems to make the drink a bit more special.

    EDIT my typo - I meant tall glass not a whisky type tumbler
     
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    I do like a bombay sapphire and either tonic or bitter lemon, but for me it has to be in a tall glass, not a tumbler
     
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    Out of interest, those who like Gin, do you also like grapefruit? These are two things (as well as mustard and horseradish sauce), that my taste buds just cannot abide. I react to these like Tom Hanks in "Big" when he tastes caviar for the first time!
     
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    love both :D
     
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    Not a big fan of grapefruit, more of a toleration
     
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    When i went to Ascot last year i ended up drinking loads of a gin cocktail (can't remeber the name of it now though) I know they put sugar in it
     
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    gin cocktails..now there's something to move onto:)
     
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    My wife drinks gin and she says that hendricks is the nicest. It however MUST be served with tonic and cucumber.

    Also i have a gin name after me "Martin Millers" got the wife it as a surprise, she said it was nice but not as good as hendricks

    Martin
     
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    Gin is not for me. Makes me throw up in seconds! Everything else is fair game though...
     
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    Having tried several Gin varieties including those already mentioned (except Tanquery) I eventually settled on Plymouth Gin and never looked back. It's been my gin of choice since the mid 1990's. As for Tonic water I tend to go with 'Schh you know who' but only because it's easy to buy it in 150ml cans.
     
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    FTW. :thumbsup:
     
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