The gin lovers thread...

Smurfin

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What's a food and drink forum without a thread dedicated to gin? I've amassed a bit of a collection (oops), so what's your favourite gins, recommended garnishes, tonics etc?
 

Smurfin

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The thing I've found is that most pubs do not know how to serve a proper gin and tonic. Alot of people who say "I don't like gin" haven't had a good one. For me, there are a few important things:

1. Use a measuring jig. 50ml to a 150ml can of tonic makes a perfect G&T. Free-pour and you'll never get the balance right (and probably pour much more than a double measure).

2. Ice. Use ice. Lots of it. Preferably buy some big 2" ice cube moulds, and then just use one monster cube. If using normal ice, you need to pack the glass: this is for 2 reasons. One, it keeps the drink ice cold. This is important. Secondly, it stops the ice from melting too quickly and diluting the drink. Diluting the G&T makes the tonic go flat quicker and waters down the taste.

3. Use good tonic, and keep it in the fridge. Tonic needs to be cold, and preferably something good like Fever Tree. Above all, keep away from ALL light/diet tonics. They are horrid.

4. Use the right garnishes. These make a huge difference...just google for the perfect serve for your gin of choice.

5. Use a ballon glass and you'll get hit with the nose of the G&T much more, which has a psychological effect on the taste.
 

TheBlueBrazil

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I like a G&T my wife likes it with lemonade.

Elephant Gin is one of our favourites but we are enjoying a bottle of Tanquery 10 at the moment.
 

raduv1

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What's a food and drink forum without a thread dedicated to gin? I've amassed a bit of a collection (oops), so what's your favourite gins, recommended garnishes, tonics etc?
Not had Gin for over thirty plus years as a teen getting drunk on Gordans . Seen a big resurgence with many smaller specialist distillers but I've not yet felt the urge to revisit the taste from those days. I'll watch this thread as I did the same with Vodka for many many years but revisited it last year in Crystal Skull and was plesently suprised.
 

Lancia34

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I've been getting into Gin and trying a few. Not much of a collection as it's gets drunk quite quickly :)

I've tried the more expensive tonics but not a fan of the taste so am actually sticking to Sainsburys own tonic water which is a simple non-intrusive taste.

As mentioned, a good amount of ice (6 large cubes), 50ml, maybe a splash more of Gin and then half a can of the tonic water which I do measure by hand but am pretty adept to it now. I like to get a good strong gin flavour through.

Big fan of Blackwoods at the moment and Whitley Neill but also don;t mind the nice and cheap Blackfriars as a cheap, nice drinking alternative. Recommend Silent Pool as well which is made not fan from me, very nice.

Anyone tried Boodles? I tend to get different makes to try at Sainsburys when on offer and tried Boodles once, found it a pretty horrible tasting gin.
 

Smurfin

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Silent Pool is a great gin, but needs careful pairing with tonic - something like Schweppes would just overpower it.

Ben Dakin is a cracking gin - £29 (or £24 when on offer) - and it's got hints of horseradish (!) and orange in it. I do like trying different gins :)
 

prezzy

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Tried loads - Keep coming back to Monkey47 as my favorite.
 

Smurfin

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Funnily enough that's one that I don't keep coming back to. I've still got half a bottle left; it's expensive stuff, but I find it overpoweringly complex. There's so much going on, and it's not "ginny" enough for me.

Maybe I should revisit it again :)
 

prezzy

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I know what you mean about it's ginny ness, it is quite unusual but I like that.
 

Lancia34

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Bombay sapphire, fever tree, Ice and lime... job done. [emoji106]
Think Fever Tree was the branded tonic I tried and I really didn't like the taste.

Any other tonics recommended to try?
 

KyleS1

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I use Sainsbury's tonic as well. The Indian slimline. Tastes fine to me but I'm no gin connosieur. I can't be drinking tonic full of sugar. Same with coke etc, always the zero/diet version.
Anyway, I've been getting in gin recently. I really like the Brecon Hills one and comes in a nice bottle too. Currently drinking Bombay but will try another new one next.
 

Lancia34

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Mmm I'm definitely a fan of that :)
 

Smurfin

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Slimline is a travesty for gin! But honestly it's what you're used to.

Best tonics are Fever Tree and Fentimans of the usual brands, but always buy 150ml cans if you can - this is the perfect measure to 50ml gin
 

Lancia34

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I get the standard Sainsbury's Indian tonic not the slimline.
 

rousetafarian

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Favourite gin tried recently - Sipsmiths

Highly recommended - Martin Miller

Wouldn't drink it if it was free - Bathtub Gin
 

Smurfin

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Do you mean Ampleforth's Bathtub? If so it's fantastic! I find sipsmiths nice but a bit generic
 

rousetafarian

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Do you mean Ampleforth's Bathtub? If so it's fantastic! I find sipsmiths nice but a bit generic
Ampleforth's is the one, I may need to revisit I guess. I love the Rumbullion they do, but that's for another thread
 

mr.magners

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Just noticed this thread & love Gin so does the OH although she only recently got into it when we were in a Gin bar in Maderia and barman gave us a bit of a master class in Gin.
Plymouth Gin is our latest one and its nice do not think it would disappoint most peeps.
we also really liked sipsmiths which was a bit floraly (not sure thats a word but it'll do)
I am also awaiting a del from Amazon of Martin Miller which we have yet to try by the way its only £20 on Amazon, also had the more well know stuff bombay,tanquery both ok,hendricks which I didn't get on with.

Just to add we only have fever tree tonic and a large balloon glass is essential
 

rousetafarian

Moderator
Just noticed this thread & love Gin so does the OH although she only recently got into it when we were in a Gin bar in Maderia and barman gave us a bit of a master class in Gin.
Plymouth Gin is our latest one and its nice do not think it would disappoint most peeps.
we also really liked sipsmiths which was a bit floraly (not sure thats a word but it'll do)
I am also awaiting a del from Amazon of Martin Miller which we have yet to try by the way its only £20 on Amazon, also had the more well know stuff bombay,tanquery both ok,hendricks which I didn't get on with.

Just to add we only have fever tree tonic and a large balloon glass is essential
In reference to your avatar, but off topic I far prefer Magners in cans than bottles.
 

mr.magners

Member
Ha ha yeah thought about changing that but would have had to change my name to, i can't remember the last time I had a Magners I should probably change it to mr. Morretti followed by a g&t but u know.
Back to the Gin got my Martin Miller del this afternoon so looks like a nice g&t while watch Line of Duty tonight. :clap:
 

aVdub

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Favourite gin tried recently - Sipsmiths

Highly recommended - Martin Miller

Wouldn't drink it if it was free - Bathtub Gin

For me I found Martin Miller a bit weak in flavour, although tbh it would make a nice hot summers day tipple.
 

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