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Started by Verdigris on Mar 10, 2018 5:21:25 PM
Gin Lane

How many varieties do you have in your drinks cabinet? What is your favourite road to ruin?

This is the thread to discuss juniper juices you have enjoyed, or not.

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Verdigris - 10 Mar 2018 17:30:19 (#1 of 460)

My current collection comprises Lidl's Hortus "hand crafted" in bog standard and Oriental Spiced varieties, Aldi Topaz and their Oliver Cromwell, surprisingly good considering it is cheap as chips, medal winner.

All kept in the fridge, once in use, along with the tonic, to reduce the work the ice cubes have to do and minimise any unseemly dilution.

darkhorse - 10 Mar 2018 17:33:50 (#2 of 460)

Would have thought Cromwell was a teetotaller. But the internet tells me somebody has already considered that point re Aldi own brand.

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-mail/20160610/282866550123377

Verdigris - 10 Mar 2018 17:36:15 (#3 of 460)

Well it makes a nod towards teetotalry by being only 37.5% alcohol compared to the 40% of the "artisanal" brands.

JohnIlly - 10 Mar 2018 18:07:18 (#4 of 460)

40% was normal until some time in the 90s when such brands as Gordon's were reduced to 37.5%.

Flicker - 10 Mar 2018 18:12:41 (#5 of 460)

I have four different gins on the go, plus Sipsmith sloe gin and two homemade liqueurs: raspberry gin (not quite ready) and blackberry gin (very ready and half gone). I’m currently drinking Tanqueray and have some Silent Pool for when I feel like savouring the flavour.

Verdigris - 10 Mar 2018 18:14:09 (#6 of 460)

40% was normal until some time in the 90s



Plymouth is at the curious 41.2% strength.

Sabacious - 10 Mar 2018 18:14:14 (#7 of 460)

Rock Rose gin, Fevertree mediternean tonic and a slice of red apple. Just try it.

Sabacious - 10 Mar 2018 18:15:38 (#8 of 460)

Export strength gin is generally better for the extra oomph of botanicals - otherwise anything 43% will generally be preferable to 37%, and will also likely be £25 rather than quite a lot less.

Flicker - 10 Mar 2018 18:18:46 (#9 of 460)

Rock Rose gin is very nice. I’ve never tried it with Mediterranean tonic.

Verdigris - 10 Mar 2018 18:24:22 (#10 of 460)

I meant to say tonic talk welcome in the header. I believe it was the same people who revived Plymouth's fortunes that went on to found Fever Tree.

Peacock - 10 Mar 2018 18:25:29 (#11 of 460)

Christ. Gin from Lidl and Aldi.

Verdigris - 10 Mar 2018 18:27:03 (#12 of 460)

Christ. Gin from Lidl and Aldi



Hence Gin Lane. However, if you get over your snobbery you may be pleasantly surprised.

jambeslourdes - 10 Mar 2018 18:30:49 (#13 of 460)

Martin Miller, Hendricks and some of my mum’s homemade sloe gin. Usually mixed with Fevertree Indian or Mediterranean tonic. Quite partial to a bit of Gin Mare too.

Sabacious - 10 Mar 2018 18:31:02 (#14 of 460)

The apple with the Rock Rose is the thing, tonic not so important.

Peacock - 10 Mar 2018 18:33:00 (#15 of 460)

There are also some overpriced crappy gins like monkey 47.

Peacock - 10 Mar 2018 18:33:45 (#16 of 460)

Personally I prefer slimline gin. It’s tangier and brings out the gin flavor better than sugary fever tree

JohnIlly - 10 Mar 2018 18:41:54 (#17 of 460)

Morrison's premium 43% gin is good and normally £16 a bottle but currently £14.

Sabacious - 10 Mar 2018 20:48:12 (#18 of 460)

Monkey 47 is fabulous but difficult to justify for the price.

airynothing - 10 Mar 2018 20:52:56 (#19 of 460)

Lidl’s Hortus gin is really very good indeed, and apparently the Aldi Oliver Cromwell is even better.

Verdigris - 10 Mar 2018 20:55:04 (#20 of 460)

I wouldn't say the OC is better, in terms of taste, but it certainly gets the bangs-per-buck prize.

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