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A Jewel among Gins
Bombay Saphire Gin
Member Name: charby
Bombay Saphire Gin
Advantages: Lovely smooth taste
Disadvantages: More expensive than Gordon's and supermarket brands
Everyone likes a drink or two. Well, I know not everyone, but everybody that I know and spend time with will at least have a beer or two every few days, and usually significantly more than that. Having lived abroad a few times and meeting people from all over Europe and having friends who have done the same, however, has alerted me to the fact that most countries don't drink as much as we Brits do. Some people may find that cause for concern but I am included among the people for whom that inspires a sense of pride in being from the United Kingdom. We do know how to have fun. While you would imagine Germany to be the same, they don't drink in the same way as we do. Here in Bavaria there is obviously a large selection of beer and every restaurant and pub will serve as much light, dark and wheat beer as you'd like as well as wine, but spirits are harder to come by. My usual pub drink of a gin and tonic has bee replaced by the infinitely more fattening Weißbier (wheat beer) and while I enjoy that, I do miss being able to have a gin or two when I'm out with my friends. When I am somewhere with gin available, I will usually go for Bombay Sapphire if given the choice.
== Bombay Sapphire ==
I'm not going to go into a detailed description of gin, as I'm sure it's something that you're all familiar with even if you don't drink. It is most traditionally (or at least commonly) paired with tonic water and a slice of lime, although it is also present in a variety of cocktails and other drink combinations. I prefer to drink it as part of gin and tonic, however, as this is how I find the spirit is best served. Gin and tonics remind me of when my parents would occasionally have it at home when I was younger and I'd be allowed a little sip. I remember finding it refreshing and exciting, but that was probably largely due to me loving the tonic water and having alcohol (however little) being exciting on its own rather than me being a young G&T lover. Now, however, I love it in its own right and, while I will often drink tonic water on its own, the gin makes it a much more delicious and whole drink. While I do like to drink and get tipsy or outright drunk, gin also tastes really nice when mixed with tonic and, like with wine or most other alcoholic beverages I consume, it's the taste I love and getting a bit drunk can be a happy result.
== What I Thought ==
The reason why I usually choose Bombay Sapphire is that it has a smooth quality and delicious taste without being as expensive as other brands that also taste as good. I definitely prefer it to Gordon's or supermarket brands and only by the later if I'm particularly strapped for cash but want to have gin at home. I'm happy to try other brands in pubs if there are special offers on, but generally Bombay Sapphire is my gin of choice. It complements tonic water very well and makes a lovely drink that I can't help but drink more than one of. There are a lot of alcoholic drinks designed to be easy to drink and get you drunk without really having the taste of alcohol, but I'm not a fan of those any more. I like spirits and other alcohol for the taste more than their effects, and this one has a lovely taste. I know that some people drink vodka and tonic but I find that vodka's taste to be too sharp to complement the tonic water well, which is also quite sharp and fizzy. Gin, while still having a 40% alcohol content, is softer and therefore adds a nice smoothness to tonic water as well as a nice taste.
== Conclusion ==
This is a great gin that I highly recommend. Prices in bars and restaurants obviously vary wildly so you'll have to check how much it costs wherever you go if you're worried about it being expensive. From supermarkets, you can currently get a litre for £22 from Tesco with other places being a few pounds more expensive. While this is obviously more than supermarket own brands or Gordon's, it is nicer and is definitely worth getting if you can find it on offer.
Summary: A lovely gin that is worth spending a little bit more for.
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