One of my guilty pleasures in life is gin and tonic. I don't buy it very often due to me only liking this brand of gin really and it being so pricey so I was pleased when I landed at my Mums and Stepdads for Christmas that there was a big bottle in with my name on it and plenty of bottles of tonic to go with it and even a few lemons!
The packaging of this is simple really and oozes quality. The bottle is see through and made of dark green glass and is an oblong shape with a rounded back to it and a white and black twist on and off cap. On the front of the bottle on a white label we are told that it indeed Gordon's 'The Original' Special Dry London Gin 'Distilled In Great Britain Since 1769 and that it is 70cl and 37.5 vol then on the back of the bottle we are told a very small amount of information about gin, nutritional information is given, we are told that in a bottle this size there are 26.3 UK Units within it and contact details are given for the manufacturer. Its a nice high quality smart bottle this one as I mentioned earlier.
The Gin Itself
This gin is a clear liquid with no bubbles to it this and it is quite simply a very smooth tasting gin. It has a slight bitterness to it which does give it a slight dryness and is apparently blended with botanical and of course juniper berries and you can mix it with whatever you like, as I have already said I usually have mine with slimline tonic.
I love the quality of this gin though I can't personally drink very much of it as it is a rather strong flavoured gin and it does get me drunk a bit too quick and for some reason this makes me very emotional but I love it and do believe it is the best gin out there!
Available in most supermarkets and off licences and so on and for a bottle this size costs around abouts £18.00 a bottle.
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I always seem to find I have a bottle or two of gin in the drinks cupboard, one of these is always Gordon's Gin and another of a different/fancy gin that I have come across at some point. I enjoy drinking gin, particularly when I have had a hard day in the office and want to sit back and enjoy a nice gin and tonic to chill out!
Gordon's was established in 1769 by Alexander Gordon who was of Scottish descent and opened the first Special London Dry Gin distillery in Southwark, London. The distillery is now across the way from myself in Fife, Scotland. Gordon's gin is the best selling gin spirit in the world with a 250 year old unchanged recipe.
Gordon's Gin bottles are one of the most recognisable and distinctive gin bottles in the world. The bottle is a lovely, classic dark green glass that is thick and chunky. The glass is shaped into a curved back and flat front which is a great shape for holding perfectly in your hand. The bottle is tall and smooth with a smaller neck and screw on and off lid.
The Gordon's Special Dry London Gin label is a simplistic and classic style, the label is a white textured material with beautiful stylish font that floats across the front of the bottle. The name is also engraved across the glass itself. There is a silver emblem on the label and the quantity (70 cl in my case) and abv (37.5 %).
Apparently the whole Gordon's recipe is only known to twelve people in the world and has been kept a secret for over 250 years. However I do know that the gin does contain juniper berries, angelica root, coriander seeds, liquorice, orris root, orange and lemon peel. These are classic ingredients in a good gin drink. The gin is triple distilled and it takes ten days to create the finished bottle of gin.
The gin is a clear and iridescent colour to look at. To taste Gordon's gin is not as smooth and crisp as other gins I have tried and is best drunk with a mixer, that is not to say I don't like it - in fact when I am out in bars I will order Gordon's and at home I like to treat myself to other gins I have discovered. The lovely flavours of the citrus fruit and juniper berries is very strong in the gins taste. As the name
suggests this gin is a dry gin, which makes it a little rough to drink as a short but lovely and satisfying when mixed. I do prefer a smoother gin to drink on its own. Perfect with ice and a nice bottle of tonic - this really is a distinctive and thirst quenching beverage.
Overall I really enjoy this gin and it is one of the best value for money gins on the market. Often on offers in the supermarkets this generally retails at £18 for a 70 cl bottle.
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. As I stated in a previous review, Bombay Sapphire is usually my preferred gin when there is a choice available, but I am also happy to drink Gordon's gin if it is the cheapest option.
== (Gordon's) Gin ==
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 ==
As I said, I do prefer Bombay Sapphire over this brand, as I find it to be a smoother and all round nicer drink. However, Gordon's gin is the one that is most commonly found in bars and restaurants if they have a limited selection as well as being the one most likely to be included in a promotion. Some bars and clubs that I have frequented will often have a fixed price for a gin and mixer, and this gin is normally Gordon's as it is the cheapest one that the establishment will have in stock. I am more than happy to go for Gordon's in this case as it is nice enough and still makes a lovely gin and tonic, but would choose Bombay Sapphire over it if there was no difference in price.
== Conclusion ==
This is a nice gin and it doesn't have a harsh taste, but it isn't as smooth as my preferred brand. It does have a pleasant taste and I still prefer it to spirits such as vodka (although perhaps not ones such as Belvedere, which I also reviewed recently). At £15 for a one litre bottle (Tesco), it's a good price, especially considering that Bombay Sapphire costs £26.40 for the same amount and from the same shop (green definitely beats blue when it comes to price). Prices in pubs and so on obviously vary, but it is also usually the cheapest brand available.
My favourite alcoholic drink without a shadow of a doubt is a lovely, long, cool and refreshing Gin & Tonic. My gin of preference is always Bombay Sapphire, and my favourite way to serve it is over lots of ice, with slimline tonic, and a chunky wedge of lime (never lemon). I'll take it with regular tonic and a slice of lemon if that's all there is, but slimline and lime is my favourite way to go. My second favourite way to serve it is when mixed with cranberry juice and slimline tonic, again over lots of ice. I'm also happy enough to take any other gin such as Gordon's if there's no Bombay Sapphire available, but I can definitely tell the difference though, and I've even actually returned a gin & tonic in a restaurant before when I've specifically asked for Bombay Sapphire and have been given something else.
My husband actually prefers Gordon's Gin to Bombay Sapphire, and if he is picking up a bottle of gin in the supermarket then he will always reach for a bottle of Gordon's. Hence why we have Gordon's Gin in our drinks cupboard at the moment rather than Bombay Sapphire, as he bought our last bottle of gin duty free on the way home from a trip to the US.
Gordon's Dry Gin was established in London in 1769, and has been distilled in Great Britain since 1769. The front of the bottle even proclaims that it's Gordon's London Dry Gin. Gordon's comes in the iconic and distinctive flat fronted green glass bottles. Interestingly Gordon's only uses the green bottles for the UK market, and they actually use clear bottles for the export markets. Apparently Gordon's is the worlds best selling London Dry Gin.
I think that Gordon's gin has quite a distinctive taste, and I can always tell when I've been given a Gordon's gin. Apparently Gordon's is 'famed the world over as the ginniest of gins', now I'm not really sure how they come to the conclusion that it's the 'ginniest of gins' I mean gin is gin is it not!? Anyway, I think that Gordon's is definitely a very dry gin, in fact it seems to have an extra dryness to it, yet it's quite a smooth tasting and refreshing gin at the same time. I do like Gordon's gin, and I'm more than happy to drink it, it's just not my personal favourite - that coveted spot goes to Bombay Sapphire as I think I may have mentioned maybe once or twice!
Gordon's Gin is 37.5% volume alcohol. You can buy Gordon's in 35cl, 70cl, and 1 litre bottles. All of the major supermarkets sell Gordon's, and you'll normally find it on offer in at least one of the supermarkets. We would normally wait and buy it on offer, or else buy it duty free, well actually I wouldn't buy it as I much prefer Bombay Sapphire, but my husband wouldn't hesitate to buy it if he saw it on offer.
I had never tried gin until very recently. After seeing the adverts on tv I thought that maybe it was something that I should give a ago.
The gordons gin is something that I think of as a very iconic bottle. if you were to grey out the brand name, you would still know what product it was. It comes in the traditional green tinged bottle, with a screw lid and white label. They are available in 35 Cl, 70 Cl, and 1 L bottles.
PRODUCT AND TASTE
Its quite a strong flavour, and its definitely not sweet. It tastes quite strongly of spices, but is very refreshing.
As everyone knows the only thing to drink gin with is tonic water, and when mixed up like that it is a very crisp and refreshing drink. Its not something that I can have a lot of, just one or two and i'm done. I have also tried neat, and its is pretty foul, so I cannot recommend it like that.
The prices (from tesco) are as follows:
35 Cl = £8.93
70 Cl = £12.00 (currently on offer at that price, normally about £17)
1 L = £20.89
It seems to be about the same price as other strong liquors, although I do only buy it when its only special offer. The great thing about gin is that it takes you quite a while to get through a bottle. I will probably only buy a 70 Cl bottle once every 6 months, so spread out, its not too expensive.
Gin and Tonic is a famous drink for a reason, and gin is one of those spirits that everyone should have in their liquor cabinet. It is a strong flavour, but it makes a lovely refreshing drink.
Last Friday - The 29th of April a big event took place. . . .
Yes it was my birthday, and thanks to a smaller event taking taking place in the UK (some wedding or something?), my birthday was declared a bank holiday - wahoo!!!
It was on this day that I consumed rather a lot of Gordon's London Gin, and so I feel that I should maybe review my thoughts on it.
Gordon's London Gin is very popular brand of gin which is produced in the united kingdom, by the well known company Diageo Plc who seem to producing more and more great alcoholic beverages. It was developed in London (hence the name) by a Scottish guy named Alexander Gordon (hence the name!).
Gordon's comes in a dark green glass bottle, and is available in many different sizes (including 1.5L, 1.0L 0.7L, 0.35L). Regardless of the size of the bottle, they all have the same heavy, solid, quality feel to them, along with a white cap, and a white and green label across the front of the bottle with 'Gordon's The Original' proudly displayed across it.
As far as gin's go, Gordon's is of a very good quality in my opinion. It is a lovely clear colour, and lacks the total bitterness, and horrible aftertaste of other similar brands. At 37.5% alcohol / volume, it is in-line with other gins in terms of strength, although up until 1992 Gordon's gin was even stronger at 40%!
Gordon's gin is infact my second favourite gin, after Bombay Saphire, but because Gordons is a cheaper gin to purchase, I find that I do drink Gordon's a lot more and tend to only drink Bombay Saphire as a special treat.
The bottle of Gordon's that I almost worked my way through (with a little help from a few friends) during Friday's festivities was a 0.7L (or 70cl) bottle which I bought on special offer from my local supermarket a few months back for just £10 which is a very good price indeed. This particluar bottle contains (well, did contain) a total of 26.3 units of alcohol, which kind of explains saturday morning's sore head!
Gordon's state on the bottle that a 25ml serving contains 52 calories, but this is just the Gordons on its own, without the addition of the usual mixers, which would increase the calorie count somewhat.
Although Gordon's Gin is one of my favourite alcoholic spirits, there is absolutely no way that I could ever drink it neat. There is a horrible bitter / sweet taste that stings the throat, and instantly makes me feel sick!
It is the addition of a few mixers which turns this nasty, sickly, liquid into a hugely refreshing drink and masks the taste of the pure gin.
I like to drink Gordons in a nice heavy long tumbler, with a few big chunks of ice in the bottom of the glass, followed by a measure of gin which will fill the glass about a third full. After this I squeeze a nice chunk of fresh lemon into the glass, and then fill it to the top with some nice fresh fizzy tonic water.
This is the general way to enjoy Gordon's gin, but there are a few alternatives, as everyone has their own different taste., For example it can also be enjoyed neat (urgh!), with lemon or lime, or even both, with diet tonic water, with lemonade, with orange juice, and like I found out for the first time on friday, there are even some people that love it best with cola!
Overall Gordon's Gin is a great drink when mixed the right way that suits the individual.
It is available in most pubs and bars, although it will prbably cost at least double the price that it works out if you buy a bottle from a supermarket instead.
I think it is very refreshing, and has a good taste to it which knocks the spots off most other gins (with the exception of Bombay Saphire). It is an alcoholic spirit though, and as it is so refreshing it is easy to consume a little too much, so please drink in moderation (not like me!)
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
One of my all-time favourite spirits - never out of stock of this one. Not that I have any kind of a problem, you understand, but of all the branded gins, to me at least, this one is superior.
Available in various sizes, the standard bottle contains 70cl. Branded as Gordon's - The Original, it is described as a Special Dry London Gin.
Gordon's has been the gin of choice for generations. It is 37.5% proof and slips down an absolute treat.
It comes in a familiar dark green chunky shaped bottle with a flat front. It has white and black label front and rear and a white screw on cap. The bottle itself carries raised lettering as detailed below:
Estd in 1869 London
Gordon's Dry Gin
It carries a smaller label confirming that the product is by Royal Appointment.
Now the drink itself has a familiar smell and taste. Some people think gin is a little like vodka and take the view that especially when used with a mixer, it doesn't matter which spirit you use. Presumably this is why so many other cheaper brands are sold - not only to winos but to the general public who never drink it neat or on the rocks. I think I can tell the difference, even if there is a mixer present.
Gordon's Dry Gin is a clear colourless spirit with a distinctive taste. It falls into that category of drink that people either love or hate. Some say the taste is bitter and yes, it is and that is part of the appeal.
When held in the mouth and then swallowed it leaves a strong, lasting aftertaste and believe me, when it's neat you know you've had a drink. I suspect that many people have been put off gin because they have had too much and suffered the inevitable consequence. A gin hangover can be pretty awful, so my advice would be to drink this in moderation.
Gin on the rocks is a favourite. It is also drunk with Tonic Water, with Orange and with Bitter Lemon or lemonade.
If you haven't tried Gordon's (and there can't be many who haven't) give it a go, but take it easy, eh?
==Gordon's Dry Gin==
If you haven't done it, then now is the time to get your sloe gin ready for Christmas. Mine is already made up and in the cupboard and I have to say I didn't think twice when I had to choose the gin to add to my sloe berries and Gordon's was the one I chose. (Gosh I am starting to sound like I've got a bit of a drink problem!)
I needed a little over a litre of the gin to make the amount of sloe gin that I was intending so it wasn't especially cheap as a litre bottle will cost on average around £21 and £17 or so for the 70cl bottle. It is worth getting the branded version as non branded gin is just not that nice in comparison. I am not an especially big gin drinker as the taste is really rather dry when it is drunk on its own but when mixed with the sloe berries, the sugar and a little almond extract, the taste is wonderful.
Gordon's states that it is the best gin to by because "it is triple distilled" unlike others and has a blend of coriander seeds, juniper berries, angelica and another secret "botanical" ingredient. This secret ingredient is apparently only known to 11 people and has been kept a guarded secret for over 250 years! For me I prefer Gordon's because you can tell you are getting a superior quality drink.
The gin itself has an alcohol content of 37.5% so it is not as strong as drinking a premium vodka or a whisky but still effective enough!
The bottle design of the Gordon's gin is easy to recognise as the brand but on the whole is nothing overly exciting or grand looking. The green glass hides the fact that the liquid held inside the bottle is a clear fluid.
I know a lot of people would buy gin to mix with other drinks such as a tonic or pure orange juice but I can't say I am a big fan of either of those or especially drinking it straight. I really only find myself buying it around this time of year to make up the sloe gin so it is not something I regularly purchase.
My score is a mixed one really because although I feel it is the best gin that you can get for your money and indeed the only gin that I would consider buying it has to get a good score but the fact that I don't enjoy it to drink it more means I have to mark it down. So averaging it up, it has to be a score of 3 out of 5 stars and a slight recommendation!
Get that sloe gin made!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
I always thought I hated gin and never ever drank it or even thought of buying it in a bar or shop. My reason for this was that I had a little taste of someone's G&T and thought it was revolting. However I have since discovered that it is actually the tonic water I don't like and so I have developed a bit of a penchant for gin in place of my usual vodka or Morgans Spiced.
Gordon's gin is probably the best known brand of gin in the UK and is almost always the standard gin you will get in a bar unless you request a specific premium brand such as Bombay or Plymouth. It has a very plain and actually relatively boring design to the bottle - green glass with a white label. I suppose in a way it's keeping it simple and classic looking though. You can buy this in practically any supermarket for around £13 for a 70cl bottle and £15-16 for a 1L bottle.
The gin is 37% strength which is on a par with other mid-range gins available. It has a lovely fragrant smell which is quite herbal and fruity. When mixed with lemonade - in particular cloudy lemonade - coupled with a slice of lemon and lots of ice you get a delicious and refreshing drink which is really lovely on a summers day. I find it doesn't have as much of an alcohol taste as vodka which can sometimes be a bad thing as you can drink more than you think you actually are.
It has a nice smooth taste to it and as I've said before it does taste distinctively quite herbal and fruity. While the more premium brands may have a smoother taste for the money paid I think Gordon's is good quality and reasonably priced with a taste not all that different to the more expensive gins out there while still being a class above the lower priced varieties on sale.
G&T is a british institusion. But unlike men not all Gs are created equally. I rate Gordon's as bottom of the good stuff, but first let me explain my credentials.
I am a huge fan of gin and tonic which is probably as my family is a huge fan. My sister has a selection of 6 gins at her house, with my parents having 3 different gins and myself the same amount. Gordons is the standard gin which is used in our G&Ts for two reasons cost and the ok taste. My problems with Gordons is the discrepency in taste and the fact that it is just an ok taste.
So with regards to my original statment of where I place gordons in the world of gin, how does it fit in with your world?
So as you can see it is at the bottom of the good lot, I discount Sainsbury's own gin and although my dad says he can't taste the difference Sainsbury's has a slightly more bitter bite to it when first tasted.
As we drink a lot of Gin we buy it on special where we get it at £10 per Litre, yes 10 times more epxensive than petrol! I find this more than reasonable, although as we do drink a lot of it, especially in summer then it could always be cheaper.
I don't drink gin straight. I also drink G&Ts at home and at bars, so in theory the discrepencies have nothing to do with the gin and could be due to:
-Different Tonics - Different Stengths - Cheeky substitutes, which have been talked about.
Gordons tastes the same with either schwepps or sainsbury's own tonic (not the basic but the one which is slightly dearer at c. 42p). The taste is a little bitter, and improves with the addition of lemon or lime. You can take the bitterness (Gin bite taste) away by cooling the gin, we keep ours in the fridge and serve it with 1/3 cup of ice.
Add Gordons to Britvic Tonic water and the taste is amazing. It also improves if with freshly opened tonic water. The taste is a lot smoother, and all the comments above (cold and lemon) still count, but the absence of lemon is less noticable. It still has that slight bitter bite, but there is also a very enjoyable taste which accompanies it.
My mum loves half and half, my sister prefers a third to two thirds (as do I), and at bars you get 25ml with a small bit of tonic (c. 150ml).
I find that too strong and the bitternes rings through, too weak and the tonic taste is over powering. But the way I do it 1/3:2/3s I find is just right and has a slight sweetness to it.
*Gordons compared to others*
Better Gins don't have the same bitterness as Gordons. However they are more expensive. Gordons is still fine to drink and I would happily drink it all night, so on that note I guess it is just about perfect (drinkable and priced right).
*Best place to get it.*
The best Gordons G&T I have tasted is at The Grand theatre in Leeds. They do go through a big bottel (is it 1.5L) in about 10 minutes during the Ballet, so they may run out, but the taste there is unbelievable. It is quite expensive £4, but that's theatre prices for you.
Gordons Gin is a really nice Gin with that sharp acquired taste expected from this drink. I enjoy this as my last drink at the end of a night out as I find it very refreshing if slightly bitter. I enjoy it with a slim line tonic but im sure it can be enjoyed with watever your prefered mixer is i.e lemonade etc.
I have tried other brands of gins but have felt that the unusal bitter taste is just too over powering and have reverted back to the ''Green bottle'' - Gordons Gin.
I think the recent advertising from the popular celeb chef Gordon Ramsey has made this drink a more popular drink to be had, allowing people to try the drink for the first time.
I personally have had the drink served numerous times with either a lemon or lime but feel that the taste is not the same and becomes very much like a perfume taste
This new years eve, I'll mostly be drinking.....GIN!! Gordon's Special London Dry Gin to be more precise. I'm currently looking at a 1 litre bottle, alas with just a trickle remaining, perhaps enough for one or too...hic. But, hurrah, my very kind lady bought not one, but two bottles last time she went on a booze cruise, so no need to cry.
Firstly my bottle(s) look different than the ones on dooyoo. I think this is probably because they have one label for those sold within the UK, and one for those sold elsewhere, either that or they have actually changed it. The royal crest is still there, assuring me that the queen herself loves a good G and T, as does the rest of the royals perhaps. It's also still stating by appointment to the queen mother, so there is an after life, after all. Very re-assuring. It's got the UK and London all over the bottle - in fact 4 times just on the front labels, obviously makes it look very sexy or something.
Overall the bottle design is very classic indeed, and simply makes it jump off shelves into your basket with ease. Don't forget you can now buy 10 litres of gin duty free at a time if you are shopping within the EU.
Anyway, enough about the bottle design and more about the contents and effects. This 1 litre bottle is much stronger than your typical UK bottle, at 47.3% vol, so in theory shouldn't require quite so much per glass to achieve the desired effect. Of course, you don't actually measure smaller measures, you tend to just feel the effect of contentedness just slightly quicker. The age I am now, I don't really drink to get drunk, or for the sake of it, it's more just to relax after stressing around all day, and this does the trick for me.
I'll generously pour a double measure, over some ice, then top with some good Indian tonic water, and a nice fresh lemon or lime slice, then stir. There are plenty of other ways you can drink it, and numerous cocktail recipes available, but with this particular spirit, I like to keep it as simple as possible.
I just love the smell and the taste of it, it's unlike any other drink there is. Those juniper berries, and other secret ingredients make it something special. They've never changed it, since the original recipe hundreds of years ago. No need to, it's perfect as it is.
It is one of those drinks which will give you a hangover in the morning, so go easy.
Price for a 1 litre bottle in the UK - special offer from Tesco at £11.97 a bottle, a saving of a few pounds off the usual price. Duty free, expect to pick up a bottle for considerably less.
Cheers! & a Happy New Year
Gordon's is a name synonomous with gin and is the worlds largest selling brand. Gordon's Gin is produced in in a wopping 150 countries worldwide and 100 million bottles are produced every year. Gordon's Gin was first produced in London in 1769, which means its been around for around 233 years. Gordon's Gin is the only brand that boasts of being able to display the Royal Coat of Arms by Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. As mentioned earlier the first Gordon's Gin was produced in 1769 in Finsbury. London. The company was created by Alexander Gordon and the ingredients and formula created by him are used till today. The formula is very closely guarded and only the Chief Distiller and certain members of the board are aware of it. What is known is that Gordon's uses natural botanicals and Italian juniper berries to create their gin. The flavour is very crisp and zestful and creates an extremely refreshing and invigorating drink. One of the most popular ways to have your Gordon's is with tonic and a slice of lime. This is my favourite way too. It is best served in a long glass with lots of ice. Other ways of having it are with fruit juices, especially cranberry and grapefruit juices. Basically the fruit juice should be one that has a powerful taste that can absorb the taste of the gin. If taken with say orange juice the taste of the gin is rather over emphasized, which makes the drink a lot less pleasurable. It is also very versatile and is widely used in numerous cocktails. Eveyone who knows there drinks should remember the old Gordon's Gin bottle. The long rather squarish looking bottle with the unmistable yellow and orange coloured label. Now the new look bottle has been introduced and in line with the companies policy of making the brand more appealing to younger consumers. The bottles are now in an Emerald Green colour
and are more roundish in shape.The label is now a white coloured one with the wordings in a prononced Italic text. Naturally the quality of the gin remains unchanged. It is available in various bottle sizes and the more common ones are the 70cl and the 1 liter bottles. The 70cl. bottles go for around £10.00. This is a very reasonable price for such a high quality spirit with such a distinguished background. The alcholic content is 37.5%, which is in line with most other spirits like whiskey and rum. Gordon's Dry London Gin is one of those drinks that are ideal for a warm day. Although it is not my favourite drink, I do occasionally treat myself to it, especially on the weekends and in the afternoons. I tend to drink it more when I travel to West Africa as it's available almost everywhere in the world. However over there they are still using the old bottles. I know that there are other brands available like Beefeaters and in house brands and even though these are sold at slightly lower prices, I personally could not go for them. First of all the difference in price is not that great, maybe a pound or two at the most. Secondly Gordon's is certainly more full of flavour and crispier than any other brand that I have drunk thorougout my life. So if you really want to enjoy your gin then it just has to be Gordons.
Gordon's Special Dry London Gin - you must have heard of it?? Probably one of the most well known and long established brands. Indeed on the label it states that it has been distilled in Great Britain since 1769 - that's even older than I am! ;o) Although a lot of you will have realised by now I am generally a wine drinker but I am partial to a little ( or a lot) of gin when in the mood - it has such a distinctive and refreshing flavour and cheaper brands just taste, well, sort of metallic and cheap. I hadn't bought any gin myself for a long, long time always forgetting how much I like it and opting for wine instead (except in pubs when I like a nice G & T - especially in Summer) but I was given a half size (35cl) bottle by my ex-bofriend last Christmas which he had won in a works raffle. It has sat in my cupboard untouched for a couple of months until I developed a yearning for a nice gin and tonic. The classic square green bottle (the larger 75cl bottle is round) with the stark white label called to me to open it so I went to my local shop to invest in some tonic water so that I could imbibe. What refreshing bliss! You cannot beat a nice chilled gin with fresh chilled sparkling tonic water and a either lots of ice and a slice of lemon, or, as I do, you can either squirt a little lemon into it or buy the tesco Tonic water with a twist of lemon already added. I have to repeat myself - it is SO refreshing - that distinctive gin flavour of juniper berries which is so hard to describe. Kind of bitter but flavour-some with the lovely tart tonic water - it really makes a nice change from my usual wine. Gin is also very tasty and revitalising with fresh orange juice - that is how I first discovered the joys of gin to be truthful. Not too much orange and again with ice and a slice of lemon or orange - another wonderful Summer drink. Gordon's gin is 37.5% volume alcohol so it is a pretty hefty tipple
and you know when you've had a few (or at least I do) but it is very drinkable never becoming cikly or overpowering although Slimline tonic can certainly become sickly so be careful which mixer you choose to enjoy it with. As for meal accompaniments that is harder for me to say as I have only ever drunk it on it's own at home or in the pub but I imagine it would go with lighter or white meat meals as a medium white wine would. Gordons describe the drink as "invigorating" and I can't argue with that (unless you get through copious amounts at once!) On looking around a half bottle seems to cost around £5 and a full size (75cl) bottle seems to be around £7-8 depending on where you shop, supermarkets are generally cheaper but go for a good brand. So, untwist that cap, pour, add your chosen mixer and enjoy the refreshemnt!
In my humble opinion Gordons Special Dry London Gin is the best gin on the market at the present time. Its taste is smooth while bold. You can clearly taste the juniper berries that gives this and other gins their characteristic flavour and name (from the Dutch word 'Genever' meaning juniper). It is clearly the best for texture and flavour out of all the British (London/Dry) gins. In Gordons' main rival of the Dutch, Holland and Geneva schnapps varieties, the grain alcohol is less highly purified, and in my opinion less full of taste. Drink Gordons Special Dry Londons Gin for the true flavour of the drink!
Strength by Volume: 37.5%.