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NDN98   
NDN98
1 hour ago, BourbonDude said:

I like gin a lot but have not delved into it nearly to the extent that I have with single malts, bourbon, rye, cognac, and to some extent rum. I've only tried maybe 15 gins over the years. I'm curious what the knowledgeable folk here would recommend as "must tries" to extend my education? 

I am a gin enthusiast and generally prefer it to bourbon or scotch during the summer months.  My favorite gins are The Botanist, Henrick's, Edinburgh Gin, Waterloo Antique (an aged gin that can be sipped neat), and Rock Rose Gin.

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BourbonDude   
BourbonDude
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Thanks for the quick response and your recs. Of those, I've only tried the Henrick's, which I thought was excellent. I'll start trying them soon. Of those, is there a favorite or standout  that I should start with? I seem to prefer the heavier, more intense, fully flavored spirits whether it's scotch, bourbon, rum, Armagnac, or whatever. And to some extent I'm willing to sacrifice elegance and smoothness, and even complexity sometimes for that intensity of flavor. 

 

 

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Harry in WashDC   
Harry in WashDC

For "small" producers, I watch for Leopold Brothers (Denver), Ransom (in Oregon which also makes some good vermouths), Green Hat (Wash DC), and St. George's.  Each makes several styles and proofs.  "Local" distillers are always popping up, and gin and vodka are usually the first offerings as they don't require aging so don't be afraid to shop locally.  Two English producers I prefer are Plymouth (which sells "Plymouth Gin", a particular style, and Sloe gin) and Hayman's (Old Tom style although Ransom also makes an excellent Old Tom).  Black Friars has a Plymouth style that is available in Wash DC.

 

Of course, these are in addition to the several named in the last few posts.  I do prefer gins 90 proof or more and also keep several Navy Strength offerings (Leopold Bros. is first among equals) on hand.

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tanstaafl2   
tanstaafl2

It can be an entirely new rabbit hole to Plunge Into!

 

Kinda depends on what you like. Can exlplore Genever, aged Gins, and lots of more botanical forward Gins somewhat  like the St George above.

 

i like the Botanist from Bruichladdich, as well as genevers which tend to be more malty and oerhaps more interesting to a whiskey drinker. Bols is ok and probably easiest to find. 

 

Aged gins like St George Dry Rye are a bit more common now and interesting when you can find it.

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lcpfratn   
lcpfratn

Woody Creek, a small craft distillery out of Colorado, makes a wonderful gin if you can find it.


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BourbonDude   
BourbonDude
Posted (edited)

Thanks for the recs, everybody.

 

I've tried Bols and a few genevers in the past, and I used to live not far from St. George in the East Bay, but most of those are new. It will be fun trying them and learning about all the new gins out there.

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BourbonDude   
BourbonDude
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Just tried a new gin, the Blue Line Gin from the Blue Line Brewery in Saranac Lake, NY. 

 

Very nice, although not a typical gin flavor profile on my palate. Instead of juniper and piney or resiny flavors, I get more of a menthol flavor, on both the nose and the palate. It's still a pleasant tasting experience and I can recommend you try it if you can find it at a bar before buying a bottle.

 

Our party tried it at the White Face Lodge in Lake Placid and our group liked it so much (mainly as a mixer or with a bit of ice; I tried mine neat) they drank the entire remaining stock at the bar, and they were still out the following day when I went back to try a second shot. :-)

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