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    Gin recommendations

    Want to send somone a bottle of gin through the post but know naff all squared about the stuff
    The recipient of said bottle drinks all sorts of gin, so what's good and what's not?
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    Silent pool is nice as is Harris.

    You could give some of my mates a go, I prefer the yuzu.

    https://thegintomytonic.com/shop/

    Use code nov5 for a fiver off and free delivery.,

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    There are hundreds of new brands of gin going out there because it is dead easy to make. It is impossible to say what someone else will like, so it's a bit of a non question.

    Tanquery number ten is probably a market leader and it will be well received. Just to polish it off, accompany it with a decent tonic water by Fevertree.

    I have a bottle from Devon which cost £55.00 for a litre and I also paid 8 euros for 2 litres of a local gin in Spain. Both the wife and I preferred the cheap one, so don't be over governed by price.

    The tonic water is the greatest influence on taste, hence get Fevertree which is 100% natural and you can taste the difference straight away.

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    You could try Ramsbury Gin. Nice and local. Think I bought mine in Waitrose Wichelstow.

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    Can highly recommend House of Elrick. If you watch Dragons Den he was on there a few years ago pitching for investment.
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    As Mick P suggests, tastes are subjective! Completely agree with a premium mixer too, Fevertree is very popular with us too!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Want to send somone a bottle of gin through the post but know naff all squared about the stuff
    The recipient of said bottle drinks all sorts of gin, so what's good and what's not?
    Cheers
    FFF
    In my experience if its a woman you are buying for then pick the one that comes in the prettiest bottle.

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    Silent Pool is great if within budget, otherwise Sipsmith is a good alternative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hocuspocus View Post
    You could try Ramsbury Gin. Nice and local. Think I bought mine in Waitrose Wichelstow.

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    MAgnums stock it on woo street too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middo View Post
    MAgnums stock it on woo street too.
    Good shout. My favourite street in Swindon...for obvious reasons!

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    My go to gins

    Silentpool
    Ungava
    Fifty pounds
    Strathearn heather rose
    Sir Robin of locksley
    Botanist

    All with normal fever tree Tonic. Think most can be had fro. Master of malts website.


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    Butlers is very nice!

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    Cheers for the recommendations I'll take a look

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    Monkey47 is a favourite, but Iím loving Whitley Neill Quince.

    Just not with god awful Fever Tree tonic :(
    It's just a matter of time...

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    I think Tanqueray and Hendricks are very difficult to beat, especially with a good quality tonic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    Monkey47 is a favourite, but Iím loving Whitley Neill Quince.

    Just not with god awful Fever Tree tonic :(
    Glad to see someone else who doesn't like Fever Tree. Can't stand the stuff.

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    I rather like Plymouth Gin myself, followed by Tanqueray no10.

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    Plymouth Navy Strength, worth finding. I like the original, but the Navy strength makes a great martini. I like gin to taste like gin (juniper, citrus) so not a fan of the more diversely flavoured gins. Pink gin to me, means a dash of Angostura Bitters, not strawberry, pink grapefruit (well maybe) or rhubarb..

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    My wife likes her gin and I'm always happy to join in and we've been to quite a few gin festivals etc.
    Like others say, it's very subjective. For something a little different I'd recommend Brockmans. It's Scottish, has a blueberry edge and seems to be universally popular with friends who've never tried it. For something else a little different I personally like Nordes which is Galician, and has a very unique taste and the base spirit is made from grapes.
    Chase make great spirits and are worth a visit if you're in Herefordshire; their GB gin is good and all made in house. Piston gin is another good one with trying, which people are unlikely to have tried.

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    Silent pool is over rated and having visited their distillery is more about about jumping on the trend and looking pretty rather than distilling good gin.

    For a really good gin, made by someone who really cares, and is an up and coming distiller being saught out to create specialist gins then have a look at Tarquins Gin from Cornwall.

    The owner (yes Tarquin) is a very small batch producer who is passionate about what he does, and listens to customers and what they want.

    I tried one of his gins while working at HMS Sultan as that was all that was being served in the Wardroom, then dropped in on the off chance to buy a bottle of gin from him while in Cornwall, what followed was a 90 minute conversatios about gin and a personal 1 to 1 tour of his set up.

    He was genuinely interested to see what i thought of 2 new gins he was producing in a pre production tasting session.

    An enthusiastic gent who deserves to do very well.
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    Slingsby rhubarb gin is my favourite at the minute.

    https://www.spiritofharrogate.co.uk/...y-rhubarb-gin/

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    My current tipple of choice is pink peppercorn gin (the name escapes me), with Lidl aromatic tonic. Itís delicious.

    Whitley Neil Blood Orange is decent, but for an unflavoured gin Iíd recommend Pickerings 1947

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    Dudley,
    you are aware there is a Wootton Bassett gin? Forces approved and donates to I believe.
    http://www.royalgin.co.uk/
    I bought little sis a bottle for Christmas and I believe it went down pretty well.

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    None of it. Go pick some sloes, add to gin with sugar. Give a little shake couple times a day. Strain. Mmmmmmm....


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    Give this stuff a go, it is produced in Norfolk in the owners distillery in his back garden!

    https://www.stgilesgin.com/

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    I don't drink it but I've bought loads for my missus and I think her favourite is Parma Violet Gin by Zymurgorium of Manchester.
    She also likes a Blood Orange, Rhuabarb and Ginger, Tanqueray, Lemon Drizzle and quite a few others

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    Waitrose:-
    Monkey 47
    Cotswolds Dry Gin

    M&S:-
    Malfi Con Limone, this is a favourite of mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by ETCHY View Post
    I rather like Plymouth Gin myself, followed by Tanqueray no10.
    T10 and Tanqueray Seville are very hard to beat too, for me.

    My brother has around 150 different types of gin in his bar, so I get to sample quite a few - but only teenagers recommended these days?

    Larios was a nice surprise for a cheaper gin, and I quite like Martin Miller and Gin Mare.

    But I'd always go for Monkey47, or T10 in non-flavoured and Quince or Seville for flavoured. Makes a changed from drinking Jack Daniels for years.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Monkey47
    Bathtub
    Tanquery

    If Iím looking at flavoured I quite like violet gin ,a few different brands are now doing it .


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    Try Sharps Rhubarb Gin, it's so good even Mrs Ingenioren loves it !

    Very tasy indeed

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    Couple of others worth a mention:

    6 O'Clock Gin
    Brecon Gin

    Both are lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    Monkey47 is a favourite, but Iím loving Whitley Neill Quince.

    Just not with god awful Fever Tree tonic :(
    Monkey 47 is fantastic and my favourite
    Haymanís Old Tom Is a great alternative to London dry gin

    Cotswold Gin and Bathtub Gin also also good a bit different.

    Havenít found anything better than Fever Tree Light tonic - very clean and light.

    Henry James tonic is a good back up

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    Another vote for Monkey 47.

    Tanquerry Seville is a pleasant alternative.

    Also, Elephant Gin is tasty too.

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    Iím not a gin drinker, but recently have a likening for Tanqueray Seville and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic

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    Quote Originally Posted by paw3001 View Post
    Monkey 47 is fantastic and my favourite
    Hayman’s Old Tom Is a great alternative to London dry gin

    Cotswold Gin and Bathtub Gin also also good a bit different.

    Haven’t found anything better than Fever Tree Light tonic - very clean and light.

    Henry James tonic is a good back up
    If I had to do fever tree it would be Mediterranean, or Light - but Schweppes is much preferable without the strange after taste of Fever Tree.

    I just dislike that there is no choice on a lot of bars - far too many only have Pepsi too, which is useless in a JD! Hence why I started drinking more gin.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    The Aldi London Gin cleaned up Gold in the awards this year.
    Tried a bottle & I can see why, donít think I will be paying silly money again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omegamanic View Post
    If I had to do fever tree it would be Mediterranean, or Light - but Schweppes is much preferable without the strange after taste of Fever Tree.

    I just dislike that there is no choice on a lot of bars - far too many only have Pepsi too, which is useless in a JD! Hence why I started drinking more gin.
    Schweppes is my favourite & non of this low cal rubbish either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g40steve View Post
    The Aldi London Gin cleaned up Gold in the awards this year.
    Tried a bottle & I can see why, donít think I will be paying silly money again.

    Heard about that, so just bought a bottle, added some sugar and blueberries. Wait 3 days and hopefully a tasty and inexpensive blueberry gin. Looked for some rhubarb but none available at the mo.

    https://www.greatbritishchefs.com/re...rry-gin-recipe

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    This stuff is utterly amazing...



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    Pickerings 1947 absolutely gorgeous.

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    Try London No.1 Original Blue Gin.

    I used to like Tanqueray No.10. But Iíve gone off it since I tried London No.1.

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    Another vote for Monkey 47

    Feel guilty that itís not a British Gin. For me Plymouth Gin still takes some beating as a UK gin. Itís an old established brand that has earned its reputation over many years and is not one of the ephemeral new fashion gins.


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    If you like your gin a little peppery Ophir is a good choice, serve with lime chilli and ginger ale a fantastic alternative to the usual.
    If you like your gin 'standard' then you have to go a long way to beat Tanqueray, Fever Tree, and lime.

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    Botanist and Bloom are two of my preferred bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g40steve View Post
    Schweppes is my favourite & non of this low cal rubbish either.
    I find Schweppes way too sweet with an artificial after taste that over powers any standard non flavoured gin personally hence why I prefer fever tree and pretty much any other tonic

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    https://copperintheclouds.co.uk

    This is local to us and is very nice. Marmalade is a nice alternative and great to give as gifts, nice bottle


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    https://redsmithdistillery.com/

    Redsmith London dry gin

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    chuck it down the sink (or the wife) and buy a nice single malt......i'll get me coat
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    Hendricks or Sipsmith for me. Plenty of others here I've drunk and enjoyed (Monkey 47 and Tanqueray for a start), but those are my preferred.
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    My standard 3 are: Botanist, Sipsmith and Silent Pool. Roku is pretty good as well.

    Didn't enjoy Monkey47 - I guess everyone's tastes are different...

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