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Post by GregPQ » Wed May 30, 2007 8:36 pm

As the warm weather (finally) takes hold in New England, I have started drinking my Tanqueray straight (well, over 2 ice cubes :lol: ). I don't like dry martinis (I prefer 2 parts vermouth to 1 part gin), so this is a bit of a new direction for me.

Just curious if anyone else takes theirs neat or over ice. I can really taste the Tanqueray when it's not mixed with something else. Juniper berries, yum :D . Any recommendations for a good 'sipping' gin?

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Post by timc » Wed May 30, 2007 8:43 pm

I can't say I've ever had gin straight. I enjoy a good martini now and then. Tonight was a gin and juice kind of night.

I'm partial to Bombay Sapphire myself. Tanqueray goes down pretty nicely as well.

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Post by ChknChkn » Wed May 30, 2007 8:58 pm

Tanqueray Rangpur limes.........just bought a bottle of it the other day. Just might be my favorite. Usually drink Bombay Sapphire, but lately it been giving me a headache about an hour later.....after only one drink, which sucks.

The Tanqueray Rangpur limes kinda gives me a "pink grapefruit" taste, which is unusual, but I'm really digging it!

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Post by gruffydd3 » Thu May 31, 2007 4:22 am

I drink my Bombay Sapphire straight occasionally, but usually, I have it with tonic and lime.

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Post by sparkchaser » Thu May 31, 2007 5:15 am

ChknChkn wrote:Tanqueray Rangpur limes.........just bought a bottle of it the other day. Just might be my favorite. Usually drink Bombay Sapphire, but lately it been giving me a headache about an hour later.....after only one drink, which sucks.

The Tanqueray Rangpur limes kinda gives me a "pink grapefruit" taste, which is unusual, but I'm really digging it!
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It makes horrible martinis and I don't like it straight but Tanqueray Rangpur makes the best gin & tonics ever. EVAR!
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Post by NickNCut » Thu May 31, 2007 5:33 am

Maybe I will have to give gin another try. I got sick on it many, many years ago. With the distictive smell I haven't had it in 20+ years. But I like many things now that I did not when I was younger.

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Post by Sfox7076 » Thu May 31, 2007 6:07 am

And I thought we all liked old British things. Plymouth Gin is the way to go. It's great, it's only about $25 a bottle, and it British!

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Post by timc » Thu May 31, 2007 6:29 am

Sfox7076 wrote:And I thought we all liked old British things. Plymouth Gin is the way to go. It's great, it's only about $25 a bottle, and it British!

Shawn
Tanqueray is old and British. I have been planning on trying Plymouth after the bottle in my cupboard is empty.
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Post by sparkchaser » Thu May 31, 2007 6:56 am

Plymouth is good stuff. I'm peeved that they changed the label. I liked the old label better.
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Post by drmoss_ca » Thu May 31, 2007 6:59 am

Tanqueray is the one for me. Used to like Booth's when I lived in the UK. Bombay Sapphire is like drinking 4711.

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Post by Barry » Thu May 31, 2007 7:00 am

I ordered a Gimlet the other night.

The bartender proceeded to mix it with a house made lime/sugar mix - the same that they would use to make a margarita. I should have refused it but I was thirsty. The simple sugar/lime mix was fine (actually, it was the best I've had) but I kind of like the old fashioned Roses Lime Syrup and Gin.

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Post by Leisureguy » Thu May 31, 2007 7:03 am

Chifunda posted a link to a NY Times article on Martini gins:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/02/dining/02wine.html

The results:
BEST VALUE

Plymouth English Gin $22 *** 1/2
82.4 proof 1 liter
Subtle and elegant with crisp, lingering flavors of citrus and juniper: a martini in a dinner jacket. (Importer: Absolut Spirits, New York)

Junipero Anchor Distilling $35 ***
United States 86 proof 750 milliliters
Smooth, clean and very dry with assertive, classic flavors of juniper and citrus: a martini with one eyebrow raised.

Cadenhead’s Old Raj Dry Gin $50 ***
Scotland 110 proof 750 milliliters
Powerful, muscular and hot, but in a good way: a martini with a punch.
(Preiss Imports, Ramona, Calif.)

Seagram’s Extra Dry $15 ** 1/2
80 proof 750 milliliters
Surprisingly complex, with fruit, ginger, juniper and citrus flavors: a martini with a thesaurus.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin $22 ** 1/2
England 94.6 proof 750 milliliters
Crisp with a hint of mint and juniper flavors: a martini peeking out from librarian’s glasses. (Diageo, Norwalk, Conn.)

Hendrick’s $40 ** 1/2
Scotland 88 proof 750 milliliters
Unusual, intriguing floral aromas: a martini in a Hawaiian shirt.
(William Grant & Sons, New York)

Gordon’s London Dry $12 ** 1/2
United States 80 proof 750 milliliters
Gentle and harmonious with cardamom and nutmeg aromas: a martini in a gray flannel suit.

Bombay Sapphire London Dry $30 **
England 94 proof 1 liter
Jangly flavors of mint, herbs and citrus, with detectable alcoholic heat: a neurotic martini. (Bombay Spirits, Miami)

Quintessential London Dry $30 **
England 80 proof 750 milliliters
Smooth and direct, but with an odd, bittersweet flavor: a martini with a blemish. (White Rock Distilleries, Lewiston, Me.)

Martin Miller’s London Dry $32 **
England 80 proof 750 milliliters
Soft and slightly sweet, with floral aromas, but not a hint of juniper: a martini in pedal pushers. (Skyy Spirits, New York)

WHAT THE STARS MEAN:
Ratings range from zero to four stars and reflect the panel’s reaction to the gins, which were tasted with names concealed. The panelists this week are Eric Asimov; Florence Fabricant; Pete Wells, editor of the Dining section; and Audrey Saunders, an owner of the Pegu Club in Manhattan. The tasted gins represent a selection generally available in good retail shops, restaurants and over the Internet. Prices are those paid in liquor shops in the New York region.

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Post by Big Ren » Thu May 31, 2007 7:41 am

Maybe it's my crude palate, but I really can't discern much difference among gins, especially in mixed drinks or a well-chilled martini. I'm partial to Beefeater Gin, usually mixed with tonic water and garnished with lime. Sipping it neat is not for me.


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Post by timc » Thu May 31, 2007 7:44 am

Big Ren wrote:Maybe it's my crude palate, but I really can't discern much difference among gins, especially in mixed drinks or a well-chilled martini. I'm partial to Beefeater Gin, usually mixed with tonic water and garnished with lime. Sipping it neat is not for me.
I find that if I'm having G&T, that the flavour of the tonic water is more important than the flavour of the gin.
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Post by Leisureguy » Thu May 31, 2007 9:15 am

In a Martini, I can tell that there's a difference between gins. Have someone mix two good Martinis each with a different gin, and taste them side by side (without knowing which is which). Then decide which one you'll keep and which they'll get. Good test.

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Post by reggiano » Thu May 31, 2007 1:54 pm

I read that NY Times article when it came out, and there is a major boo-boo in it. Junipeiro is not 86 proof, it is 98.6 proof, which certainly affects it's usability vis a vis martini cocktails. I think Jason Blair may have contributed to the story...

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Post by drumana » Thu May 31, 2007 3:43 pm

I'm drinking Tanqueray on the rocks right now and it's hitting the spot. 8)
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Post by timc » Thu May 31, 2007 7:15 pm

drumana wrote:I'm drinking Tanqueray on the rocks right now and it's hitting the spot. 8)
I'm drinking a Bombay Sapphire martini at the moment. Yummy.
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Post by Johnny_Z » Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:51 am

I'm more of a G&T with lime person. I'm still new to it all but I think I like more tonic than lime. Not a big fan of the hard liquor it seems.

Yet anyway...

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Post by Exapno » Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:22 am

I'm a Tanquaray fan, mostly because I get bottles of it for free :P Anyone here tried Hendricks Gin? I've been told by a couple of people that it's excellent but haven't tried it... yet.

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