Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin

Seagram's Extra Dry GinSeagram’s Extra Dry Gin has been continuously produced since 1939. For a long time, Seagram’s Gin was The American gin. Distilled stateside, to this very day— the spirit itself has undergone a lot of changes.

Once Seagram’s was more Ancient— aged for ninety days and bottled with a golden hue. Their Ancient Bottle Gin* was a big seller early in the company’s. Over the decades though Seagram’s became Extra dry and by the early 2000’s was merely “rested” in oak. In 2017, the words rested are gone though Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin retains a slight yellow tinge.

To modern gin drinkers and fans of golden age hip-hop, Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin holds a special place in their hearts. Before Snoop Dog was selling Tanqueray 10, he was a bit more brand agnostic. He was drinking Seagram’s and Juice. Please let me quote from his 1993 masterwork Gin and Juice.

“Now, that, I got me some Seagram’s gin
Everybody got they cups, but they ain’t chipped in” [source]

Tasting Notes

Citrus on the nose with a bit of angelica mixed in with a dull, pine-forward juniper note. The orange seems to be the sweet on the nose with a peculiar candy like edge, as if a candied orange rind.

On the palate juniper early, candied orange rinds come on strongly in the mids. Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin finishes with a good dose of heat and some spice notes. Sweetened Cinnamon Orange tea give it a kind of stewed cider like note.

Finish is predominantly a bit warm, with bitter pure ethanol receding on the edges of the palate and dwelling there.

Cocktails

Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin has long traded on its reputation as an affordable mixing gin. It’s good with juice. I mean, that would mean Mr. Dogg was correct about its role in a Gin and Juice. It works here.

The candied orange notes make it an inviting mixer for a Gin and Tonic, with somehow against all odds the juniper coming through. A Gin and Soda is another case altogether where I get far more sweet orange rind notes.

Overall, while I don’t strongly recommend Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin for cocktails like the Martini or Aviation, for straight out mixing it’s a good option. It’s a “throw in the cooler and take to the beach sort of gin,” capable of working with anyone’s favorite mixer. Even grapefruit soda, if you’re looking for a Finnish Long Drink. But seriously.

Overall

Seagram’s Gin has lot a bit of its charm over the years as its shied away from the barrels which initially set it apart. It’s sad because in a sense, had it bid its time— it’s time would be now. Aged Gin is hotter than ever.

But otherwise it’s a capable mixer that has a hard time competing against the plethora of other high quality gin offerings on the market. At its price point, it’s not bad; however, these days its hard to recommend.

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Seagram's Ancient BOttle Distilled Dry Gin

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Readers' Reviews

by Terry

The reason it's cheap is that they use "essence" of botanicals instead of sweating actual botanicals. How do you know? Check your headache the next day and your level of dehydration. Having said all that ... in some weird way i particularly like Seagrams in a Salty Dog!

by Nate

The best gin ever

Last updated July 24th, 2017 by Aaron

13 thoughts on “Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin

  • January 18, 2012by jellydonut

    Looking forward to trying this very American gin when I get over to the correct side of the Atlantic Ocean!

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  • May 12, 2013by bennie Collins III

    I have a cool flavor for gin

  • June 8, 2013by Richard Broadman

    You get what you paid for

  • December 13, 2013by Ben D

    Has anyone here tried the Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve Extra Dry Gin (black label)? It is only slightly more expensive than the original. I’ve been afraid to try it, since it’s only available in my area in the 1.5 liter bottle. That’s a lot of gin if it’s no good.

  • January 31, 2014by Dale Ochalek

    This is my FAVE gin. I have paid a LOT more for Bombay or the like, and Seagrams is by far the best for the price. I really don’t see why I’d buy anything else, unless I get an itch to spend a lot of money for a questionably “better” gin.

  • March 28, 2014by William Braden

    I love Seagram’s. Did you mention that it’s yellow? A salesman once told me Beefeater was dry “like vodka.” Sheesh — if I wanted vodka, I’d buy vodka! Seagram’s is mellow and can be sipped straight, but recently I’ve taken to adding a bit of Lillet.

  • June 26, 2014by Henry Swincinski

    Really believe Reserve is one of my favorites. Try this recipe…one persian cuccumber peeled and sliced long. Muddle one half and transfer juice via strainer to cocktail shaker. Cut the other piece of cuccumber in half place in shaker. 2 ounces gin. Juice of one small lime. Put shaker and martini glass in freezer for about 45 minutes.

  • July 25, 2014by David Moran

    It’s aged in sherry, or so it says, and tastes it slightly and shows it in the color. I like it fine but would not take over some of the really good stuff (Bombay either). I have trouble choosing b/w it and New Amsterdam.

  • January 11, 2015by Julie

    Save your money…Reserve is much higher in alcohol content and has a less-mellow flavor.

  • April 12, 2015by Isaac V

    I actually turn to Seagrams any time I’m making a “summer” cocktail like a Tom Collins. The sweetness means I can cut back on how much simple syrup I use. For a martini or gin and tonic, I’ll usually turn to something a bit more expensive, but Seagrams is better than the price tag would imply.

  • July 30, 2015by David Moran

    After sufficient exposure (trying to describe overdrinking nicely) to NA and its ick citrus, and long fallback flings w Burnett’s and Booth’s, I am back to Seagram, and newly impressed with its smoothness and mellow modulation of peppery juniper etc.

  • July 30, 2015by David Moran

    moderator please please change my handle above (new) to David Moran if you can

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