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Ginny Gin Gin
Gordon's Special Dry London Gin
Member Name: charby
Gordon's Special Dry London Gin
Date: 22/10/12, updated on 27/01/13 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Tastes nice, cheaper than other gins
Disadvantages: Not as good as Bombay Sapphire
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.
Summary: A nice gin that makes a pleasant gin and tonic