What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?

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What's your favorite reasonably priced gin?

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With kudos to the bourbon thread that I've been reading for awhile: [url]viewtopic.php?f=11&t=228275&newpost=551 ... ead#unread
I'd like to start a similar thread for gin.

I've been drinking gin for many, many years, starting with the usual London Dry style gins before I understood there was anything besides Beefeaters. I've switched to others in recent decades, and have continued to try new ones, especially in the last 20 yrs or so, and the last 6 months.

Once I only drank gin as a G&T, which I'm reminded is a recipe in a name. (I'll avoid the discussion of best tonic.) Now I frequently sip gin neat.

I could probably list more than 40 labels I've tried: two of the Bombays, three of the Hendricks, Monkey 47, Citadelle, most of the familiar named London styles, also Navy Strengths and Plymouth, and the Genever styles.

Costco gin is very good.

Based on a WSJ story a few months ago I've tried a couple of Japanese gins available near me: Nikka Coffey and Roku.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-best-g ... 1591982510

I'm about to order Gray Whale Gin from California and Dingle from Ireland, both supposedly well regarded.

My current, several-year go-to gin is Junipero by Anchor Distilling. It's a London style from California.

Any favorites out there?
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Tanqueray - I like the look of the bottle :happy and I can't distinguish much of a difference in gins. I toss it in some club soda so I am probably not a real gin drinker.
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Burnett's London Dry Gin
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Plymouth Navy Strength is my go to gin for cocktails. I've never gotten into the habit of sipping gin neat.
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I got into making classic cocktails as a pandemic (and likely lifelong) hobby. I started with Bombay for gin drinks, but I've found that Bombay Sapphire is vastly superior in a martini and other cocktails, and still under $40 for 1.75L. I also picked up some Beefeater and Hendrick's to taste test.
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For gin and tonic: Tanqueray. Somehow it just works well with the tonic.

For sipping neat: Gunpowder.
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Nolet is a modern gin with a very unique flavor, including some floral elements. My fave in a G&T.

Botanist, Hendricks or Tanqueray 10 for a martini or other cocktails.
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Ketawa wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:21 am ...I've found that Bombay Sapphire is vastly superior in a martini...
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I like Tanqueray for mixing, primarily Gin and Tonic. I’ve also recently had Hendricks and may try the Bombay Sapphire sometime as well.
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Whatever MFG is currently under/near $20/1.75L at the liquor store associated with Costco - New Amsterdam I think? Not artisanal but not a plastic bottle either - lol
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Death's Door Gin is an excellent gin.
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DoTheMath wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:38 pm Death's Door Gin is an excellent gin.
Agreed. Deaths Door is brilliant.

Beefeater 24 is my standard fallback for g&t.
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RogerWilco wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:34 pm Whatever MFG is currently under/near $20/1.75L at the liquor store associated with Costco - New Amsterdam I think? Not artisanal but not a plastic bottle either - lol
I actively disliked New Amsterdam. Insipid was my reaction. I don't often buy gin but my thinking would be "anything else."
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Leopold's summer gin. I swear they made this specifically for Negronis.
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Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray (regular or Rangpur), and Hendricks. NO Beefeater :D
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Nolet, Martin Miller's Westbourne, City of London (cheap and great, but hard to find), or Hendricks.

this is for martinis.

vermouth choice important too - i use dolin as baseline.
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Hendricks
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Tanqueray for a gin & tonic. Beefeater for a martini. Both great tasting and reasonably priced. After the first drink it doesn’t matter anyway :P
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Pete12 wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:12 pm Tanqueray for a gin & tonic. Beefeater for a martini. Both great tasting and reasonably priced. After the first drink it doesn’t matter anyway :P
You know what they say about martini's right?

One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.


My current favorite is something called Old Harbour San Miguel Southwest gin.
Sapphire or Hendricks are the standards.

OP, you mentioned genever but have you also tried the old tom style? Not my cup of tea, but since you're exploring all the boundaries of the gin world it might be worth trying.
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tyrion wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:56 pm You know what they say about martini's right?

One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.
Well said!! :sharebeer
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fedpharmer wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:51 pm Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray (regular or Rangpur), and Hendricks. NO Beefeater :D
We always have Bombay Sapphire on hand. I like Tanqueray too.
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Don’t know about “reasonably priced”, but Brockman’s is perfect for Gin and Tonic :sharebeer
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My favorite gin is Green Hat Gin’s Navy Strength, but I have only been able to find it in the DC area. I currently have a bottle of Uncle Val’s botanical gin that I like. It is less than $30 if memory serves. I prefer “modern” gins with a range of flavors rather than the traditional dry style. There’s a website called the gin is in that I’ve found to be a valuable source of info.
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Because of the way they are made individual Gins tend to be pretty unique. We drink gin and tonics - good quality tonic water is also important.

Our favorites -

Bombay Sapphire East

Corsair Distillery American Gin
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Cold River Gin from Maine. Excellent vodka too, and I'm not fond of vodka.
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Interactive Brokers Mar Gin is the best.
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Ford's gin. I use it in martinis with Dolin Dry vermouth.

Previous favorites were Beefeater and Broker's.
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Kirkland gin at costco. Surprisingly good. Amazing value
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I like Death's Door Gin neat or in G&T
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I like Death's Door Gin neat or in G&T
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I like Death's Door Gin.
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I like Death's Door Gin.
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Don’t know if it is available nationally, but in Northern California, Junipero. It isn’t cheap, but not much more than Tanqueray. If I can’t get Junipero, then Tanqueray.
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And the question you didn’t ask: fever tree tonic water for G&T when I’m not having a martini :)
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Ah, this thread brings back memories.

I quit drinking almost 30 months ago because I enjoyed gin. Too much. I never really had a sipping gin; more like a guzzling gin! I always liked drinking it straight. Anyways, I tried a lot of gins over the years and Beefeater was always my favorite. I really liked the London dry style and was always disappointed with the gins that tried to infuse citrus flavors, florals, etc.
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DaftInvestor wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:58 am Tanqueray - I like the look of the bottle :happy and I can't distinguish much of a difference in gins. I toss it in some club soda so I am probably not a real gin drinker.
In spite of the accolades of Snoop Dog, I find it a bit juniper overbearing. It's kind of like the IPA beer trend that, thankfully, seems to be subsiding.

Hendrick's, Fever Tree tonic, and a cucumber slice is about as good as it gets for budget gin.
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I would go (after COVID) to either Portugal or España and visit a gin bar.
You could spend 3+ weeks tasting gins.
Think about it.
3 weeks of eating excellent dinners followed by gin drinking at 2200.
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One martini is all I can pronounce. Though I've had my share of tee martoonis.

Bombay white label has always been my preference.

Sapphire is glorified vodka. All due respect.

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Boodles is my favorite.
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I don't drink much any more and was never a connoisseur. But my go to was always Seagram's Extra Dry Gin. It has fairly strong juniper flavor, which I like. I only drink it as a mix in something sparkling. Diet Vernor's (a very effervescent ginger ale), or unsweetened sparkling water are my preferred mix.

I still drink occasionally but mostly have quit. Too hard to maintain my weight because alcohol makes me hungry. Fortunately, I don't miss the buzzed feeling. Maybe it's a sign of age. I think I might have had a lifetime's worth of alcohol between my 20's and 30's anyway.

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tyrion wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:56 pm
Pete12 wrote: Fri Sep 25, 2020 1:12 pm Tanqueray for a gin & tonic. Beefeater for a martini. Both great tasting and reasonably priced. After the first drink it doesn’t matter anyway :P
You know what they say about martini's right?

One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.


My current favorite is something called Old Harbour San Miguel Southwest gin.
Sapphire or Hendricks are the standards.

OP, you mentioned genever but have you also tried the old tom style? Not my cup of tea, but since you're exploring all the boundaries of the gin world it might be worth trying.
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So many great options (in order)
Botanist, St George, Monkey, Hendricks, Roku
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Bombay Sapphire is the "gold standard" for my palate :D
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Invest4lt wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:11 am So many great options (in order)
Botanist, St George, Monkey, Hendricks, Roku
Huh...I don't see the gin button on my Roku. Maybe it's an older model. Dang!
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Conniption American Dry Gin and Conniption Navy Strength Gin (Durham NC Distillery). Excellent!
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Invest4lt wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:11 am So many great options (in order)
Botanist, St George, Monkey, Hendricks, Roku
Which of the three St George gins are you referencing?
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My "daily drinker" for G+T has been Bombay Sapphire for years. With plain old tonic - no designer brands in little bottles. But has to have a slice of generously squeezed fresh lime.

For martinis, I'm happy to have Hendricks. For the second martini, maybe Tanqueray or even Beefeater's. For the third, whatever...

Here are two out-of-the-mainstream suggestions to try:
- Napue - a small batch rye gin from Kyro Distillery in Finland. Can be ordered from thewhiskyexchange.com
- Koval - a small label in Chicago. Not sure how widely it's distributed. To me it has a hint of anise flavoring, so if you try it in a G+T, use a lemon slice instead of a lime.
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I too am a fan of Bombay Sapphire for my G + T. Last summer I did a little "research" and found this to be my favorite.

The bartenders took it as a personal challenge when I told them I was doing "research" for the best G + T on Long Island.

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UpperNwGuy wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 5:57 am
Invest4lt wrote: Sat Sep 26, 2020 4:11 am So many great options (in order)
Botanist, St George, Monkey, Hendricks, Roku
Which of the three St George gins are you referencing?
My favorite St George is the Botanivore. Great combination of 19 botanicals. Next would be their Terrior. Might be a bit woodsy depending on your preferences. Not a fan of the Rye gin.
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