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Gin Taste Test

Postby Kacey » June 19th, 2016, 4:51 pm

Yesterday we were meeting friends in Walsall so managed to go to Morrisons and Lidl to buy gin. After all the talk on here about various gins we decided to hold our own gin taste test. I poured them out, 1 part gin 2 parts tonic with 1 cube of ice and labelled them 1 to 8, OH then mixed them up and labelled them A-H. Neither of us knew which gin we were drinking and we marked them 1, 2 or 3. The 8 gins we tested were:

Hendricks
Silent Pool
Morrisons London Dry
Larios
Lidl Castlegy
Martin Miller
Opihr
Bloom

A good mix of expensive and cheap - and our top three were:

Hendricks
Morrisons
Bloom

with the the Castlegy coming a close 4th.

An interesting exercise and amazing to find out that one of the cheapest gins, Morrisons, was in the top 3, but also glad that Hendricks, which has long been a favourite of ours, was worthy of its no 1 spot
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Seatallan » June 19th, 2016, 4:57 pm

Hic!!! :D :cocktail:

Friends of ours did a similar thing with champagnes/variants on a theme some years back and a jolly good wheeze it was too :tu:
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby smitch » June 19th, 2016, 8:24 pm

I'm just enjoying a Bloom gin right now :cocktail:

I bought it with my birthday money from my in laws. I really like it although I'm not that keen on the Tesco finest tonic I'm drinking it with. I've also just got a bottle of Bulldog gin and a premium one from Asda's own range-Portland I think it's called.

I've not tried Morrisons but glad to hear you like it. I might have to sample a bottle as we seem to like the same things!
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby scullion » June 19th, 2016, 8:30 pm

hahaha - i think you should start a new thread called 'the smitch and kacey booze-off' !
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby smitch » June 19th, 2016, 8:33 pm

scullion wrote:hahaha - i think you should start a new thread called 'the smitch and kacey booze-off' !


:lol: :lol:

I don't drink as much as it might seem from these threads! :shock:
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby cheshire-cheese » June 22nd, 2016, 6:32 pm

Smitch doth protest too much, methinks.
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Zosherooney » August 13th, 2016, 1:05 pm

Just finished a bottle of Bulldog gin - very nice it was too... :chops:
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby cheshire-cheese » February 26th, 2017, 5:13 pm

Brockmans gin is rather good. It has a delicious berry aroma and flavour but the quality of the bottle glass is suspect. We have had two bottle since Christmas and both seem to have suffered the most rapid evaporative loss. That said, my wife is more relaxed these days.
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Bubbles » February 28th, 2017, 11:02 pm

Problem with Hendricks is that you wouldn't know if it was evaporating as the bottle is so dark in colour. I don't really drink it very often but look forward to an occasional tipple. it looks good but I do think clear glass would be more practical.
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby StokeySue » February 28th, 2017, 11:17 pm

Isn't it better to keep anything like gin that is flavoured with botanicals in dark glass to protect it from light?
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Bubbles » March 1st, 2017, 3:20 pm

StokeySue wrote:Isn't it better to keep anything like gin that is flavoured with botanicals in dark glass to protect it from light?

yes probably Sue but you can see the amount in other gins eg Gordon's and Tanqueray. I was most annoyed recently to find a bottle of Hendricks ( my first ever) which I received as a Christmas present was nearly finished even though I only had a couple of glasses! I couldn't see in the bottle so was unaware it was going down. Then I saw my OH pouring himself a large one. Turns out he had mistaken it for his special edition Christmas malt :shock: The whisky had special spices in it as well, and similar bottle / cork etc and as he has no sense of smell ( and he did buy me another bottle of Hendricks) I let him off. :)
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby StokeySue » March 1st, 2017, 6:00 pm

You'll have to tie a ribbon round yours Bubbles!
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Bubbles » March 1st, 2017, 11:42 pm

Oh don't worry I've hidden it! :lol:
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby cheshire-cheese » March 4th, 2017, 2:14 am

Bubbles wrote:
StokeySue wrote:Isn't it better to keep anything like gin that is flavoured with botanicals in dark glass to protect it from light?

yes probably Sue but you can see the amount in other gins eg Gordon's and Tanqueray. I was most annoyed recently to find a bottle of Hendricks ( my first ever) which I received as a Christmas present was nearly finished even though I only had a couple of glasses! I couldn't see in the bottle so was unaware it was going down. Then I saw my OH pouring himself a large one. Turns out he had mistaken it for his special edition Christmas malt :shock: The whisky had special spices in it as well, and similar bottle / cork etc and as he has no sense of smell ( and he did buy me another bottle of Hendricks) I let him off. :)


A likely story, I've tried that one after being caught helping myself to the wife's gin
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Bubbles » March 4th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Yeah! Not fair - I don't like whisky!
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Zosherooney » March 31st, 2017, 2:39 pm

On a recent whim I purchased a bottle of Thomas Dakin gin, I was very pleasantly surprised. On reading the minute booklet stringed around the bottle it transpires one of the 'botanicals' is horseradish !!!! Most surprised I was...... Very sad I am now that the bottle is now well and truly duffified !!!!! Oh well, back to Larios for the time being.
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby smitch » March 31st, 2017, 3:39 pm

I love that gin. My OH bought one for me the Christmas before last, then we also won a bottle at a pub quiz. I really like the spicy taste to it.
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby StokeySue » March 31st, 2017, 4:02 pm

I had a G&T in a pub in Liverpool made with Bathtub Gin, loved it. So I got some in M&S, quite pricey, and by the time I got to end of it I was a bit tired of it, it was a bit too OTT.

Years ago there was a thing in OFM, they got a panel of experts to blind taste six of the major brands and rank them, but the twist was they did it twice, once with tonic and once in a dry Martini. The interesting thing was that everyone ranked them differently in the two tests, and the winning brands were different too. Can't rember all the details, but the best dual purpose gin was Tanqueray, and that was the only one that managed to come top of someone's ranking in both tests
Anyway, the point is I like Tanqueray, and it keeps cropping up on offer in supermarkets, got a litre for £20 in Sainsbury's on Tuesday
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby Zosherooney » March 31st, 2017, 4:06 pm

Tanqueray is Mr. Z.'s fave. Sounds like a bargain Sue.
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Re: Gin Taste Test

Postby smitch » March 31st, 2017, 7:40 pm

I like bathtub gin but I don't drink it on a regular basis. I have a few too many different bottle of gin so rotate them round a bit :oops:
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