I need some fuel to build a fire
The girl next door, her lights are out, yeah
The landlords gone, I’m down and out
Ooh, its cold gin time again
Gin ain’t new and even the Gin&Tonic trend has long travelled to the lesser hotspots of the country. And even though I can honestly say I was already ‘sippin on gin and juice’ far before cocktail bars were filled up with big bubble-looking glasses of G&T, garnished with fancy looking cucumber, clove or rose peddels, it was the trend itself that got me curious for better quality gin brands in the first place.
Scottish made Hendrick’s and Tanqueray were probably the first luxury gins discovered after mass market giants Gordon’s, Beefeater and Bombay Sapphire. Both gins offer a beautiful aroma’s (Hendrick’s more soft and floral and Tanqueray more spices and lemon) and are definitely worth their status. But as you can order those now in all the better bars, it’s time to explore some other high class gins from the long list of over a 150 Gin brands.
The 3 best gins in the world to stock in your cabinet:
Williams Chase – Maybe the favorite. With flavours of juniper, apple and elderflower alongside subtle citrus, this is the ultimate tonic partner. Can be served with a slice of apple but offers plenty without the topping. The finished gin is distilled over 100 times with the entire process taking over two years, from orchard to bottle. You can genuinely taste the effort that goes into it. Treat it with care.
Monkey 47 - An incredibly fun gin that serves the purpose of getting hammered better than all others. Haling from the Black Forest in Germany, the name comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at bedtime-inducing 47% proof. Palate-wise it’s complex (there are 47 tastes inthere!), woody,spicey, fruity and herby. Pretty much everything a gin can be.
Bloom – Floral, fresh and easy. A great gin for non-gin loving gin drinkers as gin lovers. Sounds odd I know. Essentially, if you want to start an evening with a gin, this is the one. Offers enough depth to fully enjoy, but doesn’t ask for thorough concentrati0n. Necessary gin in the assortment.
Maybe needless to say, but if you get on board with one these premium gins, don’t ruin them with cheap (Schweppes) tonic. Real connoisseurs match specific tonics for each type of gin. I just advice two: