Originally Posted by cptjeff
Gin isn't really, IMO, something that can really be ranked. Once you meet a certain threshold in quality, it's just about the different taste profiles. Where something like whiskey generally gets better with more aging and skilled blending, gin is pretty cheap and easy to make with no aging required, and adhering to the recipe keeps the flavor consistent. So you can have a $20 spirit like Beefeater or Brokers that stands up perfectly ably against spirits twice the price, and stuff like Gordons that's simultaneously a bottom shelf option and something that somebody serious about spirits wouldn't mind drinking. It's wonderfully democratic.
Well put. The flavor profiles are especially important for cocktails, which is the primary usage of gin. Some gins just don't work
in certain cocktails, while working wonderfully in others. I had been trying to get into Negronis and just couldn't stand them, turned out it was just because the Hendricks didn't work right (for me anyway). Throw in a different gin and they're great.
That's one strike against The Botanist. I got it on sale for $31, which is fine. It usually runs $40, and I can't see much reason to pay that. Plymouth I don't mind the mid-$30s for, just because it's unique. I think I'm going to try some cheaper options for awhile, whole bunch I've never tried. I've done Bombay and Tanqueray, but never really tried Beefeater, Brokers, even Seagrams. Not a big fan of Gordons, but that may just be from not knowing how to make proper drinks in college.