Gordon’s London Dry Gin
In the world of premium luxury gins, it’s often easy to take a sideline seat to the bigger boys. Let’s not forget that Gordons Gin is a Diageo product the same as Tanqueray. So although they are different products, they are indeed on the same team. It’s also worth noting that Gordon’s Gin, is the gin of choice of James Bond – so if it’s good enough for an International super spy with a license to kill, then it’s good enough for us here at Liquor Town.
The recipe for Gordon’s is known to only twelve people in the world and has been kept a secret for 250 years. Triple-distilled, the gin contains juniper berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, liquorice, orris root, orange and lemon peel. It takes ten days distillation after receiving the wheat to create a finished product of a bottle of Gordon’s Gin. Gordon’s recipe differentiated from others at the time in that it didn’t add sugar, which other distillers had used to disguise impurities. This made it a “dry” gin.
Nose is heavy with pine-laden juniper, with a peppery/resinous undertone. Coriander lurking on the edges as well, with a slight hint or citrus and a menthol character. Quintessentially classic.
The palate is more of the same. Bright piny juniper, with hints of coriander, lemon zest. The finish is medium-long in length with an unmistakable juniper burst, but there’s some complexities and complications which emerge that challenge the notion that Gordons is a one-note gin. Earthy spice, a hint of angelica, a touch of baking spice and a glow that slightly calls to mind a middle ground between liquorice and mint.
With a good tonic, with a decent vodka (as a Martini) or in a gin based cocktail. It all works for Gordons.
Straight from The Mayor
Certainly on its own, you can pick up a lot of depth and character, though we find that some of these intriguing low-notes are lost mixing. Fear not though, it does mix well, but it might lead you to believer there isn’t a lot going on here. There’s more than first glance might tell.
Be warned, there is some “other Gordons” floating around – it’s made under license in South Africa and has little juniper berries on the label (it might look like flowers to most of y’all cavemen types). It’s a lower ABV and despite the claims “it’s the same” – it’s crap. Avoid it like you would typically avoid an ex. While it might be cheap and worth the occasional fiddly, it’s really not worth lowering your standards.