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    Favourite / Best Gin

    Alright Guys,

    As with most of the U.K. I am fully onboard with gin nowadays.

    Whatís everyoneís favourite gin and your favourite tonic?

    Iím looking to expand my palette.

    Iím a big fan of Ophir (slight spiced peppery taste).

    Also like Isle of Harris Gin.

    Tonic is any Fever Tree. Favourite amongst them the Mediterranean Tonic.

    Cheers

    J


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bristolhibby View Post
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    Alright Guys,

    As with most of the U.K. I am fully onboard with gin nowadays.

    Whatís everyoneís favourite gin and your favourite tonic?

    Iím looking to expand my palette.

    Iím a big fan of Ophir (slight spiced peppery taste).

    Also like Isle of Harris Gin.

    Tonic is any Fever Tree. Favourite amongst them the Mediterranean Tonic.

    Cheers

    J
    There's so many nowadays, aided and abetted by the proliferation of whisky distilleries who can produce gin from the off.

    I occasionally don't mind a neat gin and would go with the Botanist.

    If it's a dry martini then Edinburgh Gin or Tanqueray Number 10.

    And for tonic, Fever Tree - although I've not tried Fentiman's, and especially their pink grapefruit, which I imagine would be delicious.
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    There used to be legislation in place that meant you weren't allowed to distil gin in anything less than 2,000 litre batches - originally put in place to ensure only large, reputable suppliers. It was overturned in 2009 (thanks to Sipsmith campaigning) and opened the doors to all the craft gins we enjoy today... Or something along those lines.

    I like a wee Ophir with ginger ale, it goes well with the wee spice.

    My favourite is caorounn though, fever tree, and a slice of apple.

    Brockmanns, Pickerings (their distillery at summerhall is worth a visit), and Number207 are also worth a try.
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    I like gin but can't stand tonic water.

    Botanist with soda water and a large slice of blood orange or Monkey 47 with a wedge of lime and a small splash of ginger ale.
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    Still love Hendricks. I hate tonic so I usually top it up with a tiny bit of lemonade and plenty lime. I know cucumber is supposed to join it but it's vile.

    I love some of the stuff Eden mill have produced lately. I got a cracking limited batch from them from my other half's Mum at christmas as she lives just outside St Andrews and it was excellent. I should also note Manchester gin is very good.

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    Iíd also like to add that I have a prized bottle of Eden Mill Hibernian gin. Still unopened.

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    Eden Mill Oak with ginger ale, slice of orange and a vanilla pod takes some beating. One thing is for sure the difference between a good tonic and a cheap one is like night and day. The likes of britvic is so harsh that you are wasting your time drinking decent giŮ with it. I have about ten bottles in my collection just now, Ophir is one of my favourites too. Portobello Road,Rock Road,King of Soho, Hendricks,Caorunn, Liverpool Gin,and a few others all on my shelf.
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    Complex gin - simple tonic (and vice versa).

    I love Rock Rose with Waitrose own brand slim line

    Plymouth is good with Fever Tree.

    I like Henricks as well.

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    I like gin but can't stand tonic water.

    Botanist with soda water and a large slice of blood orange or Monkey 47 with a wedge of lime and a small splash of ginger ale.
    How anyone can drink tonic on its own is beyond me. A dash in a large gin works though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    I like gin but can't stand tonic water.
    Iíve always dismissed gin as a bit meh and bitter but I recently realised I had only been having it with tonic water.

    I got the stuff out the back of the cupboard from Aldi (award winning stuff), had it over ice and thouroughly enjoyed it.

    A whole new world of flavours awaits. 👌

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    How anyone can drink tonic on its own is beyond me. A dash in a large gin works though.
    I quite like tonic on its own - mostly the diet type as its a bit more bitter.

    There are some great gin based cocktails like an aviation!

    Negronis seem to be popular at the mo.

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    Gin is a depressant, at least for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pollution View Post
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    Gin is a depressant, at least for me!
    Is that not true of all alcohol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by danhibees1875 View Post
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    Is that not true of all alcohol?
    I've never found that to be the case and I've had one or two sessions in my time. :-)

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    No171 Portobello Road Gin

    Pickerings Original 1947 ( as mentioned before, Pickerings tour is very good )

    Brockmans

    Whitley Neil

    all with Fevertree Elderflower Tonic or for something different, Fentimans Rose Lemonade, lovely

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colr View Post
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    I quite like tonic on its own - mostly the diet type as its a bit more bitter.

    There are some great gin based cocktails like an aviation!

    Negronis seem to be popular at the mo.
    I like tonic water on its own too.

    I think it's probably down to individual palates and to what degree people like 'bitter' flavour. I'll happily down glasses of sparkling water with a health few drops of Angostura as well, though that's got a bit of sweetness too.
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    I like tonic water on its own too.

    I think it's probably down to individual palates and to what degree people like 'bitter' flavour. I'll happily down glasses of sparkling water with a health few drops of Angostura as well, though that's got a bit of sweetness too.
    I like the very bitter beers, I find tonic water a bit industrial chemical-ish but might be because Iíve only tried the bog standard schweppes and the like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeMeSouviens View Post
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    I like the very bitter beers, I find tonic water a bit industrial chemical-ish but might be because Iíve only tried the bog standard schweppes and the like.
    That makes sense - I like a hoppy beer, though I don't actually drink much lager or beer, but am happy with Czech pilsners. Tonics like Fever Tree or Fentiman's might taste better to you.
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    That makes sense - I like a hoppy beer, though I don't actually drink much lager or beer, but am happy with Czech pilsners. Tonics like Fever Tree or Fentiman's might taste better to you.
    My younger boy has just staggered in from his ladsí trip to Maga with a bottle of this for fathersí day.



    Iíll get some of those tonics in to try.

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    Aldi's Needle Gin - Bavarian I think - was lovely.

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    Very much in the anti tonic camp. Why get good Gin or any Gin for that matter and ruin it with Tonic water. Using it as a mixer that is all you can taste!!

    Gin and Soda slice of orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godsahibby View Post
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    Very much in the anti tonic camp. Why get good Gin or any Gin for that matter and ruin it with Tonic water. Using it as a mixer that is all you can taste!!

    Gin and Soda slice of orange.
    I think it's a historical thing. British forces in India were meant to drink tonic water because of the quinine - adding gin to it made it a bit more palatable and the mix was then brought back to Britain and became established.

    How gin was previously introduced to Britain is even more curious - I heard or saw something on the TV or radio a while back that explained it was a Dutch spirit, called jenever. British soldiers fighting as mercenaries in the Low Countries came across it and brought it back and the name got shortened to gin. Supposedly, the expression 'Dutch courage' comes from that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pollution View Post
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    Gin is a depressant, at least for me!
    Vodka has the same effect on me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mibbes Aye View Post
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    I like tonic water on its own too.

    I think it's probably down to individual palates and to what degree people like 'bitter' flavour. I'll happily down glasses of sparkling water with a health few drops of Angostura as well, though that's got a bit of sweetness too.
    Have you ever tried Peychauds bitters? They taste quite medicinal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colr View Post
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    Have you ever tried Peychauds bitters? They taste quite medicinal!
    Heard of it but never tried it - I might order a bottle.

    Bitters aren't cheap but then you're only using a few drops at a time. I've no idea how cost per drink works out but I suspect it is less than a can of juice or a glass of cordial.
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    Quite a few people have said rhubarb gin is good.

    Rhubarb is one of the few foods that I donít like but I might give ita go!!!

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    Must add Lidl's Hortus, very good and much cheaper than many

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    Always drink Harahorn Gin with Fever Tree Tonic when I am in Oslo. Served with cucumber ribbons and a crack of black pepper. Lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alhibby View Post
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    Must add Lidl's Hortus, very good and much cheaper than many

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    I got the new summer version from my kids for Fatherís Day.

    Looking forward to trying that one.

    J

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    On a recommendation, Ibought some rhubarb and ginger gin.

    Although I donít like rhubarb, this stuff is lovely!!! Like ginger Edinburgh rock!

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