Articles Tagged: Plymouth


Gin News [November 22nd, 2013]


Thanksgiving is right around the corner for those of you in the states, and Hanukkah as well. So although none of this week’s articles or launches celebrate either of those two holidays, there’s a couple of new gins out there: one from the US, another from the UK, one from Australia and a Canadian launch as well. So truly a worldwide sort of week in the world of gin.

What’s New?

Who Else is talking about gin this week?

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Top 10s

Top 10 Gins, overall – 2012 Chart

This is our annual look at our top 10 favorite gins of all time for the year 2012.

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1 1 1 Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin    Its going to be hard to displace this gin from the top perch of my chart, but let me say, in this past year there were a lot of worthy competitors for this title. I still love the blend of juniper, citrus and the subtle sweetness that cucumber brings to this gin. Refreshing, invigorating  and it works in every cocktail.Quote from review: “Miller’s gin balances a crisp clean Juniper flavor with a  hint of Citrus sweetness. These two flavors are in such perfect harmony, that Miller’s is the epitome of versatility in gin.“ 2 – – St. George’s Terroir Gin    Those of you going straight off of my “ratings” may be surprised to see a gin that I gave 4.5 stars to rising above others that I gave five to, but let me offer you this. The way that this flavor sticks with you, vividly in your memory long after the bottle is finished is exactly why this gin ranks so highly in my book.

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Gin Reviews

Plymouth Navy Strength Gin

Plymouth Gin was one of The Gin is In’s earliest 5 Star Gin Reviews. As part of the 50 States of Gin tasting, we had a Navy Strength Gin tasting where we compared some of the big names in the industry to some of the new offerings from U.S. microdistilleries.

Plymouth is the five hundred pound gorilla. One of the best gins out there with one of the most storied pasts, and this gin whose Navy Strength gin is perhaps most synonymous with the term Navy Strength Gin.

At 57%, its heated and intense. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

How does Plymouth’s Navy Strength Gin stand up to the lofty standards set by its forebearers?

Tasting Q. Aaron, does it taste significantly different than the regular Plymouth Gin?

A. The strength. No, rather, the lack of dilution. It emphasizes different notes. (drinks gin) Really, while the mainline gin you kind of feel this balance. (drinks gin) Here the citrus seems rather dominating. The juniper comes in on the finish.

Q. Does the 57% affects its drinkability?

A. As I’m drinking it right now. Neat. A little bit, honestly, I’d be hesitant to recommend it to someone neat.

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Which Gin works best in Which Cocktail [re-version, July 2012]

A few years ago (and with a much more limited scope of gin experience!) I took a first shot at trying to figure out which gins worked best in a series of classic gin cocktails. Since that initial attempt, I have tried more gins than I can even attempt to count, and I’ve been waiting for the chance to revise my initial list and offer a more nuanced take on how gin works in each of these cocktails.

These cocktails have become my “canon” for reviewing a gin. They’re the old-standbys, the familiar friends whose ingredients I always have in stock. They’re the cocktails that you can go into any bar with its salt and order (perhaps the lone exception in my cabinet may be the “Last Word,” but I digress. The cocktails in the Gin Cocktail Canon are: The Gin and Tonic, Tom Collins, Gimlet,  Negroni, Aviation, Martini and The Last Word. All are fine cocktails and all worthy uses of your gin. But with so many new contemporary gins out there and bold experiments on the classic London Dry out there, it is no longer safe to assume that all gins are created equal.

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What do I drink for? Euro 2012!

This might be one of those rare moment where those who follow me for my “American Perspective” might be rather thrown off.

I [like many others] have been watching the Euro 2012 tournament and I [like many others] have been enjoying a satisfying adult beverage while watching said games. But here’s the question: what should I have to quaff while watching? And most importantly, I don’t want to be drinking the same thing as the supporters of the French side, especially not when I’m cheering on Sweden.

If you Support Germany, the favorites at this point…. In your case you want something that fits your position. You’re clearly the favorites, so you can take it easy- but not too easy. Right? So you need an effortless cocktail. For you I’m going to recommend a Negroni, a cocktail surely befitting a tournament favorite. But wait, you shouldn’t take that with just any gin. How about Schlichte, the only gin to be a protected regional style in Germany. Go with a 1:1:1 ratio of Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari and enjoy the games.

Are you supporting the French in the Euro Quarters?

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Cocktails by Consensus: Pegu Club Cocktail


Pegu Club Cocktail

Site FooBooz Esquire Bitter Truth Pegu Blog: Classic Pegu Blog: Modern Wichita Crave Gin "Long Pour" 2oz. 2 oz. 3 oz. 3 oz. 1.5 oz. Cointreau 3/4 oz - - 1 oz. 1 oz. .5 oz. Lime Juice splash 3/4 oz 1/3 oz 1 oz. 1 oz. .75 oz. Angoustra Bitters 1 dash 1 dash - 2-4 dashes 2-4 dashes 2 dashes Orange Bitters 1 dash 1 dash 2 dash - - - Orange Curacao - 3/4 oz. 3/4 oz. - - - "Aromatic Bitters" - - 1 dash - - - Egg White - - - 1 tsp - -

Here’s a particularly contentious drink, where little consensus seems to exist as to what is the ideal recipe. So here we are to add a little bit of clarity, or a little bit of confusion to what is perhaps one of the most crowd-pleasing gin drinks of the late nineteenth century.

First, for a brief history: the Pegu Club Cocktail comes straight of Victorian era-colonialism. The Pegu Club was a famous cocktail bar in Yangon, Myanmar (formerly, Rangoon, Burma) where foreign officials and elites gathered to drink in a then-fashionable gentleman’s club.

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Negroni Week: Cocktailing by Consensus (Revised, August 2011)

Aaron’s Note: Please excuse this re-post. This isn’t something we normally do around here, but seeing as how this week we’re covering the Negroni cocktail in depth, I felt it worthwhile to re-post this blog post I did earlier this year on the delicious and stimulating cocktail (with a few new editorial comments) Cheers!

Generally the Negroni is considered a “pre-dinner” drink. The bitters, often Campari is designed to stimulate the appetite before a meal. Apertifs and Digestifs in particular are more common in Italian culture; therefore the reputed origin of the Negroni- say Florence, Italy, somewhere around 1919?

Regardless of origin, this drink is classic; however uncommon it may be. In its most general form a Negroni consists of gin (surprise, surprise!), sweet red vermouth, and a bitters/campari. Though in theory an alternative like Cynar could be used, most cocktailians seem to agree that this is a drink for Campari. Though other variations exist, I don’t know if I would call them a true Negroni.

  Source #1 Source #2 Source #3 Source #4 Gin 1 part 1 oz. 1 oz. 1.5 oz. Vemouth 1 part 3/4 oz. 1 oz.

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Hardcore Gin Porn

I know, most of us bloggers spend all of this time crafting these stellar “food-porn” pictures of our gin (The Gin Blog does it best in my opinion, every drink looks immaculate. Some of their G&Ts look like my finest dreams…). We use only the finest pictures and the finest ingredients. But what I’m about to post right here is the honest truth. Sometimes we don’t use the finest ingredients. Sometimes on a Friday night you just want an honest to god Gin & Tonic.

Fellow gin-lovers, please don’t judge me too harshly. We all know its true.

Yep, even the lime juice came  from a plastic lime.


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Gin Reviews



I have covered American Dry and London Dry styles of gin at length. I’ve talked about Genever. So that really leaves Old Tom and Plymouth as the two types I haven’t covered. Today, we’re going to fill in one of these glaring omissions: Plymouth Gin.

Plymouth Gin is a combination terroir/trademark. Only one maker is permitted to use the term “Plymouth Gin” and that is the distillery Plymouth, Coates and Co. which is located on the port of Plymouth on the English Channel. Plymouth gin is one of those odd examples where the brand and the style are one and the same. So this review will talk about Plymouth, but also more generally the style.

The flavors are not out of the ordinary for gin. There’s a strong citrus element and a strong juniper element. The flavor is smooth, but astringent. It has a bit of an oily lingering, but very pleasant mouth feel. It makes for a superb martini (in fact is the gin style that Winston Churchhill preferred for his famous no-vermouth martini) and a stunning gin and tonic. The smooth citrus and predominating juniper makes it a perfect example of what a gin and tonic in its platonic ideal should be.

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Best Gin in X Drink?

The Ultimate Cocktail Challenge in NYC this past April sought to figure out a) what the best makes of each liquor was and b) which liquors worked best in various drinks.

Of course this is a commendable idea in that this is exactly what I am working on doing in this blog, gin by gin. However, I feel that their gin results are somewhat off base. First, there are notable omissions. Not only is my favorite gin Miller’s not on the list- but the list of Gins reviewed hardly matches the breadth of the gins on the market currently. Some of my least favorite gins: the dull Plymouth, the oddly spiced Citadelle and of course Tanqueray dominated the top 10 whereas strong new varieties of gin such as Hendrick’s, G’vine and Bluecoat seem relegated to the bottom of the list almost without fail.

Tanqueray won nearly every drink category as the best gin of choice for any beverage. How did they overlook Bluecoat’s subtle citrus notes in a proper tom Collins; the way saffron and violet eerily go together in an Aviation; or the way that a straight gin and tonic brings out the unique flavors of G’vine?

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