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    The Second Gin In My Final Four

    So now we have a second gin in my final four, namely Plymouth English Gin, whose smoothness and restraint on the botanicals easily beat out the overly-alcoholic and overly-junipered Beefeater.

    If you’re looking for a great example of what the idea of “balance” is in spirits, Plymouth Gin would be a great place to start.  No one specific flavor stands out, even with the usual obvious juniper sitting in the midst of their recipe. But here it words with the botanicals, rather than trying to compete with them.  On the back of the palate, I taste a bit of lemon, but that’s on the finish. It doesn’t dominate. Even the alcohol works in concert with the other ingredients, and it does not overpower. Plymouth is a wonderful gin, and Beefeater, with it’s one trick pony of a flavor profile, never really had a chance.

     

    The Next Gin Fight: Beefeater vs. Bombay Sapphire

    As you can see, you guys are filling out your bracket quite nicely, with Leopold’s getting into your final four. I’ll have more on that gin later this weekend.

    However, there’s still five more of these polls to complete. Right now, we have two heavyweights going against one another. So I need for you to decide, which is better – Beefeater or Bombay Sapphire? Vote below!

     

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    We Have Our (First) Winner!

    When it comes to Gordon’s vs. Beefeater, the results are in. You, the readers, have chosen Beefeater over Gordon’s at nearly a 2-1 margin.

    I have to say, from my own taste testing experience, that I agree with this.  Gordon’s was near flavorless up front, with the juniper flavor sneaking its way in from behind, and my palate did not pick up any other flavor until the harsh chemical taste plundered its way in at the finish. Whenever I experience that chemical taste, whether in gin, whiskey, or vodka, it always seems to me that little detail was paid to the distillation process, or, more to the point, that better attention could be paid to said process.

    Beefeater Gin had no such problem with its finish, at least when compared with Gordon’s. Add to this that the flavor of the botanicals was more vibrant, with, not only the junipers, but distinct citrus notes being present. It is still yet to be determined whether Beefeater was that good or if Gordon’s was that bad.  Will see when Beefeater goes up against its next opponent, who is yet to be determined.