We used to have one or two - most likely whatever was on special offer at the supermarket but with the incredible choice available these days many people have at least 5 or 6.
is that you? And if so what are your favourites? And with several gins now topping £40 what do you think is a reasonable amount to pay for a bottle?
Currently 4 including a bottle of Norwegian gin (nice but slightly medicinal!) and a cheapo from making sloe gin last autumn. I have recently joined the Gin Club. So far 2 fab bottles with some interesting accompaniments. Enjoying the variety on offer. I also enjoy Tanqueray
Tranqueray #10 for Martinis and Gordons...for a lighter Martini.
I have my grandfather’s old drinks trolley which holds 32 bottles, I operate a “1 in 1 out” policy to keep it fully stocked. I’m not a fan of the fruity flavoured gins but do enjoy trying news ones that experiment with interesting botanicals, particularly those with a savoury edge. I’m fast approaching trying 1000 different gins!
Ooh about 20 or so, and would rarely go above £40. During Covid I holidayed around the UK a lot and would generally buy gins wherever I went...Welsh Wind from Cardigan (not the best name), Silver Circle from outside Abergavenny...New favourite though is Hepple Gin from Northumberland, smoky and Juniper forward, great in a Martini.
I used to be a rum person but over the past few years have really got into gins. Love the different flavours, strawberry and lime and Seville orange probably my favourites. Tranqueray or BrewDog are my usual brands at around £20-£25 which are great for a heathen like me but may be not be up to scratch for those on the site with a more discerning palate.
All the best
we have quite a few but not all of them are open. Botanist is a favourite, quite like chase dry, have an old tom (Haymans i think) and Plymouth gin for cocktail purposes but haven't been drinking as much. Far less than whisky which is >50 bottles currently
1, tanquery bought at duty free. Lidl do one sometimes, (I'm in France) Hortus, which I like, sometimes Tanquery Sevilla for cocktails.
I currently have one in my fridge (Tanqueray Rangpur Lime), but in an ideal world I would have four: a classic one, (we are a Sipsmith household as a rule), a super-citrusy one for standard G&Ts, Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla for marmalade G&Ts and Hanky Pankies, and an Old Tom gin for old school cocktails.
I have a dozen or so. Gordon's for plain G&T - I think Gordon's, especially the 47% export one, is THE benchmark gin); various small producer examples from travels around the country, which TBH are never as nice as they are when tasted at source; a French one called Cote d'Azur* and Mermaid from the IoW, both of which which go very well with Mediterranean tonic; Plymouth or Bristol (55%) for martinis and Negronis. And (seasonally) supermarket gin to make damson gin with; we make about six litres every year to give away to friends and family. We get given flavoured gins but they generally sit at the back of the cupboard except for Beefeater Blood Orange which is actually very nice.
*I add a dash of Suze gentian liqueur to a Cote d'Azur G&T. It's fantastic.
Well....I may be a bit biased towards French grape alcohol based gins such as Saint Amans 😊 .. on choice of gins , I like to stick with one or two I like best, good to consolidate not dissipate! Pricing - some producers put a "big bottle" ie 70cl price tag on smaller 50cl bottles so read carefully.Negroni cocktails made with our own craft bitters are going down well as we use same water & spirit base for both. Nice match.Ok enough gin geek stuff from me!
Cucumber tonic is great in the warmer weather and a lot cheaper than the famous cucumber gin; aromatic for a pink gin with a good kick; clementine as a winter drink; elderflower in a good botanical gin - mediterranean too as it adds a level of softness. The latest is watermelon which gives gin the taste of a summer punch and frequently enjoyed by friends to claim not to like gin!
Garden Swift ((Cirencester) is by far the best gin I have tried. Amazing small batch stuff, Barney is a true master! He sourced Sicilian blood oranges for the back note and as it comes in a 50cl bottle, this is one to keep hidden away..
Got about 10 different bottles, depends on the cocktail I’m making. Premium gin for the best Martini (plus a top vodka 50/50 in the mix and Lillet). Marylebone was an interesting find.
Millers makes a good G+T, Nordes even better!
Have to say Plymouth is the go to for most blended cocktails and a good base to my take on a Negroni with Laquesta Special edition vermouth, Lillet blanc and a slice of orange on ice. (I skip the Campari).
As for flavoured gins, not a fan. Better to use a good gin base and add your own flavouring.
I got bored with the gin boom a decade ago, and moved on to more varied cocktails and high-end tequilas that you can only source from a couple of specialist retailers in the UK. Apart from Portobello gin for Negronis (with Antica Formular vermouth and Campari), I haven't bought gin in the last five years. Before that my favourites were Gin Mare and Warner Edwards.
Currently, it's 3-4 compared to 7-10. With the recent availability of flavoured high quality tonics, it's easier to have one or two 'standard' gins that can adapt to whatever you feel like whether it be cucumber or clementine as opposed to lots of additional gins.
London Dry Gin No 3 by Berry Brothers is under-rated. A citrus orange profile with a central cardamom note. Like a variation on Bombay rather than a boutique gin with OTT flavour profiles.
We have about 50! We use a gin club but also get lots as presents. Ironically we don’t actually drink much, maybe once a week, I love the citrus based ones though we have some lovely small batch ones too. I think £25-35 is reasonable for a good quality gin.
Fords, Boodles, Hendricks, The Botanist. $27-$35 USD. Big fan of Fords, which we can buy for $21 USD on sale. Good mixing gin.