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Eagle53 02-21-2010 07:29 PM

Gin Thread!
 
I couldn't help but notice that there wasn't a gin thread in the spirits section.
My favorite drink is gin and tonic and I love Bluecoat Gin. http://bluecoatgin.com/index.htm

It just won the double gold (absolute best) at San Francisco last year and it is the best gin i have ever tasted. It is actually considered a new genre of gin; american style. American style has significantly heavier citrus notes.

As far as london style my favorites are Hendricks and Tanqueray 10.

If anyone is a gin and tonic fan the best thing I've found to add to it is the liqueur; St. Germain. St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur that essentially turns it into a new drink....if you are a gin fan it absolutely is a must try.

qwerty1500 02-21-2010 08:16 PM

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Can't let a gin thread pass without a comment. An ice cold gin martini, straight up, with two olives and, of course fresh vermouth has been my drink of choice for y e a r s ....

I've tried most everything. The only one that I can't seem to find around here is No. 209. Was a regular Bombay drinker for a long time. Now I seem to lean toward a Tanqueray 10 or a more pedestrian Beefeater.

There is just something about a gin martini that seems to bring certain flavors of a cigar to life.

mmblz 02-21-2010 08:26 PM

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North Shore.


There's also this thread:
http://www.cigarasylum.com/vb/showthread.php?t=157

I tried Bluecoat after all the buzz last year. DIdn't like it that much. As I remember it was overly lemony, and there was something else peculiar about the flavor that I couldn't quite put my finger on...

Eagle53 02-21-2010 08:27 PM

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Absolutely agree with the cigar pairing. I hate olives or olive juice in my martinis. Get your hands on some Bluecoat and St. Germain and it will change your life

Eagle53 02-21-2010 08:30 PM

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Ah I did a search on gin and it came up with nothing so I figured no one had talked about it.

mmblz 02-21-2010 08:31 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mmblz (Post 767610)
North Shore.

Just came across the recipe for the best martini I've ever had...
Autumn Dirt-ini on this page http://www.northpondrestaurant.com/t...ember2007.html

marge796 02-21-2010 08:36 PM

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I like a Bombay & Tonic with extra limes on a hot summer afternoon.


:tu


Chris.....

Jbailey 02-21-2010 08:42 PM

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That does sound tasty Julian.

I enjoy a dirty martini with blue cheese stuffed olives every now and again.

CasaDooley 02-21-2010 09:30 PM

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My favorites have been Tanqueray No. 10, Tanquera Rangpur or Dry Fly. I'm a big fan of gin & tonic when the weathers warm. This is one of my fav recipes:

•1 part gin
•3 or 4 parts tonic water
•.5 oz. simple syrup
•dash of Stirrings blood orange bitters
•mandarin orange

•Muddle mandarin orange with simple syrup.
•Add a dash of blood orange bitters.
•Add Gin.
•Add tonic.
•Pour over ice, garnish with a mandarin orange wheel and enjoy.:dr

smokeyandthebandit05 02-21-2010 10:00 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Eagle53 (Post 767537)
If anyone is a gin and tonic fan the best thing I've found to add to it is the liqueur; St. Germain. St. Germain is an elderflower liqueur that essentially turns it into a new drink....if you are a gin fan it absolutely is a must try.


I dont have as much gin experience as you guys but the one I love is Tanqueray. GnT's being my favorite drink to make with gin I need to find some of the St. Germain

Resipsa 02-21-2010 10:02 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by qwerty1500 (Post 767598)
Can't let a gin thread pass without a comment. An ice cold gin martini, straight up, with two olives and, of course fresh vermouth has been my drink of choice for y e a r s ....

I've tried most everything. The only one that I can't seem to find around here is No. 209. Was a regular Bombay drinker for a long time. Now I seem to lean toward a Tanqueray 10 or a more pedestrian Beefeater.

There is just something about a gin martini that seems to bring certain flavors of a cigar to life.

We've got No. 209 here. Good Stuff. One we don't have is North Shore which I'd like to try.

mmblz 02-22-2010 05:27 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Resipsa (Post 767716)
We've got No. 209 here. Good Stuff. One we don't have is North Shore which I'd like to try.

it's made outside of Chicago and I don't know if it's distributed much beyond there. you can order it from Binny's I think...

BeerAdvocate 02-22-2010 06:00 AM

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Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire are the only two for me!

Resipsa 02-22-2010 10:04 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mmblz (Post 767929)
it's made outside of Chicago and I don't know if it's distributed much beyond there. you can order it from Binny's I think...

Thanks Julian. Found another link where I can get it as well as binnys, the place I found also has north shore #11 as well as #6. Let me know if you'd like to try the #11 and I'll send you the link. Edit: looks
like binnys has the 11 as well, thanks for the tip. Have you had the 11or just the 6?

MajorCaptSilly 02-22-2010 12:02 PM

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I've always been a Bombay Sapphire guy. I absolutely hate Tanqueray but was told Tanqueray 10 was good. I tried it and love it. It is fantastic with a cucumber slice instead of a lime.


MCS

mmblz 02-22-2010 12:06 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Resipsa (Post 768180)
Thanks Julian. Found another link where I can get it as well as binnys, the place I found also has north shore #11 as well as #6. Let me know if you'd like to try the #11 and I'll send you the link. Edit: looks
like binnys has the 11 as well, thanks for the tip. Have you had the 11or just the 6?

just 6
from the description of 11 (on the north shore website) I'm not sure I would be likely to enjoy it... then again, if there's one thing we all know, it's that describing flavor in words in near to impossible.

http://www.northshoredistillery.com/gin6.htm
http://www.northshoredistillery.com/gin11.htm

mtaill 02-22-2010 12:15 PM

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I like the Bombay and Tanqueray 10

Tripp 02-22-2010 12:30 PM

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I use Bombay Sapphire for G&Ts, and Hendrick's for martinis. Picked up a bottle of New Amsterdam last week, and I can't say I'm impressed.

elderboy02 04-15-2010 09:22 AM

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I think I am going to have to get into gin.

E-man67 gave me some Hendrick's last night and it was great! :dr

GreekGodX 04-15-2010 10:13 AM

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Hayman’s Old Tom Gin is my favorite Gin at the moment. A little hard to find in Michigan but should be available to most. Great stuff.

Love me a Vesper Martini
3 parts gin
1 part vodka
Splash dry vermouth

Razorhog 04-15-2010 10:30 AM

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A good yet cheap gin for Martinis is Burnette's. It tastes just like Boodles. I love a nice Martini - shaken until you get frost burns, up and dirty with a couple olives. mmmmm
If I'm at a bar this is what I generally order: Bombay Sapphire, up, dry, with two olives.

MikeyRocks 04-28-2010 04:34 PM

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Mmm..... I love my gin and tonics. My favorite is Hendricks, then BB Sapphire. If I'm at home, I serve my gin & tonic with two slices of cucumber and a slice of lime.

Going to try Bluecoat though, I've heard great things about it.

dbradley 05-03-2010 07:32 PM

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I like Hendricks and Bombay, but for the price Gordon's is what usually finds it's way to my house.

GnT is my fave but I also love a Gimlet on occasions.

SvilleKid 05-03-2010 10:08 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Tripp (Post 768366)
I use Bombay Sapphire for G&Ts, and Hendrick's for martinis. Picked up a bottle of New Amsterdam last week, and I can't say I'm impressed.

While Bombay and Hendrick's are my "go-to" gins for sippin', I have to say that, dollar for dollar, New Amsterdam impressed me. Definitely NOT in hendrick's class, but at a cost at, or below that of many gins I consider "rotgut", I keep a bottle along side my Henrdicks and Bombay.

pnoon 05-03-2010 10:13 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SvilleKid (Post 848276)
While Bombay and Hendrick's are my "go-to" gins for sippin', I have to say that, dollar for dollar, New Amsterdam impressed me. Definitely NOT in hendrick's class, but at a cost at, or below that of many gins I consider "rotgut", I keep a bottle along side my Henrdicks and Bombay.

Yes, indeed, Cliff. I also enjoy NA. At $18.99 for a 1.5L, ya can't go wrong.

cricky101 05-04-2010 08:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by pnoon (Post 848280)
Yes, indeed, Cliff. I also enjoy NA. At $18.99 for a 1.5L, ya can't go wrong.

Just saw it on sale in a newspaper add this week for $14.99 for a 1.5L and didn't know what to think.

I'll definitely pick up a bottle now for a couple of post-yard-work G&Ts.

pnoon 05-04-2010 08:13 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by cricky101 (Post 848447)
Just saw it on sale in a newspaper add this week for $14.99 for a 1.5L and didn't know what to think.

I'll definitely pick up a bottle now for a couple of post-yard-work G&Ts.

$14.99 for 1.5L???? I'll take two!

I'm a martini drinker and NA makes a decent martini as well.

Eagle53 06-06-2010 10:47 PM

Re: Gin Thread!
 
Did yall hear about Beefeater Summer? http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkin...ater_previ.php Its supposed to come out this month and I cant wait to get my hands on it.

Cyclone 06-06-2010 11:48 PM

Re: Gin Thread!
 
Relatively new to Gin... couldn't stand it for years....

A buddy got me hooked on Gin and Diet 7-Up.... The perfect summer drink...

Now I have a use for the Bombay Sapphire that been sitting around since I got married ( 8 years ago ).

T.G 06-07-2010 12:50 AM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHKTbSuuOGM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evqews-KTfI


/obligatory

qwerty1500 06-07-2010 05:04 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Eagle53 (Post 879435)
Did yall hear about Beefeater Summer? http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkin...ater_previ.php Its supposed to come out this month and I cant wait to get my hands on it.

The Beefeater Summer is interesting. As a martini drinker, I'm really more interested in the Beefeater 24 mentioned in the article. Anyone try the 24 yet?

alwayslit 06-07-2010 05:48 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BeerAdvocate (Post 767941)
Hendricks and Bombay Sapphire are the only two for me!

....:tu

e-man67 06-07-2010 07:21 AM

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Hendricks is the BEST! Drink it up with a slide of lime! :tu

elderboy02 06-07-2010 07:38 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by e-man67 (Post 879553)
Hendricks is the BEST! Drink it up with a slide of lime! :tu

How does one procure a SLIDE of lime :r

cricky101 06-07-2010 06:35 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by pnoon (Post 848450)
$14.99 for 1.5L???? I'll take two!

I'm a martini drinker and NA makes a decent martini as well.

Turns out it was a 1.75L for $14.99. I bought 2 :D Haven't tried a martini with it yet but will be soon.

This week they have Hendrick's 750mL bottles for $24.99 - Buy 1 get 1 free. I'm going to need a gin cabinet pretty soon.

pnoon 06-07-2010 06:38 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by cricky101 (Post 880373)
Turns out it was a 1.75L for $14.99. I bought 2 :D Haven't tried a martini with it yet but will be soon.

This week they have Hendrick's 750mL bottles for $24.99 - Buy 1 get 1 free. I'm going to need a gin cabinet pretty soon.

BOGOF for Hendricks @ $24.99? ? ? ? ?

I'd be tempted to buy a case.

SvilleKid 06-07-2010 09:19 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by pnoon (Post 880376)
BOGOF for Hendricks @ $24.99? ? ? ? ?

I'd be tempted to buy a case.

I second that, Peter!!! I think I paid over $40 for the last bottle I purchased of Hendricks!!! That sale price is outrageous!!!

cricky101 06-08-2010 07:20 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by SvilleKid (Post 880563)
I second that, Peter!!! I think I paid over $40 for the last bottle I purchased of Hendricks!!! That sale price is outrageous!!!

I've shopped at this place for a while now and they always have killer sales. http://www.shopmerwins.com/

I picked up a Groupon last week for them, too ($10 for $20 in merchandise) so I'm headed back after work for some more shopping.

Hello, Hendrick's. :D

qwerty1500 06-12-2010 04:43 PM

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Went to the BIG liquor store in search of the premium Beefeater. They didn't have it yet, of course. Anyway, had a nice conversation with the manager and he suggested Plymouth ... something about it being the only gin served at Parliament and Churchill's favorite. Going to do a little research on those two claims. Nevertheless, it does make a VERY acceptable martini !!!

yourchoice 06-12-2010 05:03 PM

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This thread...I oughta...

Picked up a bottle of Hendricks last night as my last bottle was on E. Almost picked up a bottle of NA, but figured I should wait until my bottle of Beefeater is finished (fine for a G&T).

I've had Plymouth and thought it was very good.

I've looked at other premium bottles my liquor store has, but I can't bring myself to bypass Hendricks.

I love love love gin in the summertime. :tu

qwerty1500 06-13-2010 04:56 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by qwerty1500 (Post 885402)
Plymouth ... something about it being the only gin served at Parliament and Churchill's favorite. Going to do a little research on those two claims.

Enjoyed the research. Learned about the difference between London dry gin and Pkymouth. Found nothing to support the claim that Plymouth is the only gin served in Parliament. However, it does appear to be Churchill's favorite as well as the favorite gin of FDR, Alfred Hitchcock and Ian Flemming.

yourchoice 07-02-2010 10:41 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by yourchoice (Post 885415)
Almost picked up a bottle of NA, but figured I should wait until my bottle of Beefeater is finished.

Well, the Beefeater was kicked, so I picked up a bottle of NA. For a gin and tonic, I am very pleased. :tu The real test will come later this weekend when I make a martini with it. :)

Eagle53 07-06-2010 06:13 PM

Re: Gin Thread!
 
Do we have any NYC BOTLS? For some reason the Beefeater Summer Edition has only been released in select markets. The only one I know of is NYC. If someone is there and can find it/get it for me I will gladly pay for a bottle and the shipping. It is supposed to retail for 19.99 for a 750ml. Please PM me if possible

qwerty1500 07-06-2010 07:54 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Eagle53 (Post 908847)
It is supposed to retail for 19.99 for a 750ml.

Wow. That is what the regular old Beefeaters goes for around here.

357 08-27-2010 01:25 PM

Re: Gin Thread!
 
I would rank my favs in this order

1. Hendricks
2. Sapphire
3. Tanqueray Ten

Other good GnT gins: Tanqueray, Bombay, Beefeater

Yet to try NA, Goordons or Plymouth. I'll have to keep my eye open for them.

e-man67 08-27-2010 01:49 PM

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Hendricks is the bestest!

yourchoice 08-27-2010 02:24 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by yourchoice (Post 906335)
Well, the Beefeater was kicked, so I picked up a bottle of NA. For a gin and tonic, I am very pleased. :tu The real test will come later this weekend when I make a martini with it. :)

Glad this was bumped. I had the NA in a martini, and I'll put it this way...I won't hesitate to use it for a gin and tonic again. ;) I picked up a bit too much orange flavor when using it for a martini. YMMV

galaga 08-27-2010 03:01 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by yourchoice (Post 968495)
Glad this was bumped. I had the NA in a martini, and I'll put it this way...I won't hesitate to use it for a gin and tonic again. ;) I picked up a bit too much orange flavor when using it for a martini. YMMV

It does have a pronounced orange flavor, but I like it. I find myself going back and forth between New Amsterdam and a more traditional gin, Bombay Sapphire. Every once and awhile, mixing the two.

Eagle53 08-27-2010 03:52 PM

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I finally got a hold of a bottle of summer edition beefeater.....its amazing.

yourchoice 08-27-2010 04:18 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by galaga (Post 968547)
It does have a pronounced orange flavor, but I like it. I find myself going back and forth between New Amsterdam and a more traditional gin, Bombay Sapphire. Every once and awhile, mixing the two.

I really enjoyed the orange flavor with the gin and tonic, but not so much in the martini.

Right now enjoying a Tanqueray and tonic. :tu

Hopefully the Phils can get off the snide tonight, eh Rick? :D


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