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Philosophy

A little more on Philosophy

I mentioned previously that I was very close with doing away with number ratings for gins. I know that ratings are subjective and there are some people whose opinions on ratings range from “they’re useless” to “they’re stupid,” and all the way to “I don’t read them” and everywhere in between. Maybe its you. Maybe it’s not you. But perhaps I can offer an explanation to you, loyal reader: why bother to rate gin? 

One> Readers, a lot of you seem to be looking for it. Again, as many of you know, I’m not a marketer. I don’t sell gin. I don’t work for any liquor companies and I don’t intend on selling anything. But I do look at my stats, and I know that the most popular link on my homepage (over 40%!) is the 5 star bottles of gin. Many people come from search engines searching for highly rated gins.  Too much of a circular argument? Let’s keep reading. 

Two> Its what I bring to the table. As a writer who is interested in gin and writes this blog as a labor of love, I’m always looking for “what can I do that’s different?” The first and most obvious thing that I bring is my palette and love of gin.

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Philosophy

A New Way to Review Gin

I’ve struggled with the idea of how to review gin over the years. There’s a lot of subjectivity when it comes down to “what you like” and “what I like.” Though I’ve given numerical rating to every gin as a way of keeping track of what I like, I do my best to explain the flavors in a way that you can make a decision on your own. After all, I like to see the purpose of The GIN is IN as way of trying to help you find a gin that you’re going to love.

So that’s why I’ve developed this new method for reviewing gin based on my over two years of writing about gin and even more years of enthusiastically drinking gin. While this system will not replace my 1-5 star rating system, these new pentagonal “flavor” diagrams will appear prominently on every review page.

Explaining the system just a little bit: This differs a bit from nosing/tasting diagrams. You’ve probably seen these before. Ones like this one are exceptionally popular in the wine community.  But the purpose of the “gin flavor” profile isn’t to detect every flavor in there.

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