Member’s Mark is the store brand for the U.S. based Sam’s Club store chain. It is a big box membership store. Users pay an annual membership in exchange for access to bulk goods, and deeply discounted goods.
Their line of spirits have an impressive reputation. Especially relative to its price. Under $17 for 1.75 L of gin.
Process wise, Member’s Mark London Dry Gin is distilled in the London Dry process at one of the Sazerac Company’s distilleries. It is made from a base of grain and features a relatively traditional list of known botanicals.
Aroma: Very classic, piquant green juniper. Hints of citrus and coriander lend it a rounded classic nose.
Flavor: Unsurprisingly, Member’s Mark London Dry Gin is quite traditional and classic. Dark, freshly ground juniper berries dominate the palate. However, it’s the hearty coriander and surprising hint of clove that make it truly different from other gins at its price point.
Although the hint of clove and spice may be differentiator, don’t mistake it for dominance. It’s all about the juniper.
Finish: Warm with lasting coriander and baking spice. It’s surprisingly smooth when sipped; however, there’s astringency and some heat here.
Designed to be a mixing gin, Member’s Mark London Dry Gin does not disappoint— especially in staples like the gin and tonic.
However, where I was most surprised was how well it performed as a mixing gin. Good in a Negroni, the warmth and strong juniper flavor comes through. It even makes a good Martini. 7:2 with a dash of olive— it’s more than surprisingly good— it is good.
Overall, Member’s Mark London Dry Gin
Don’t be so quick to write off Member’s Mark products as inexpensive bulk deals. Their London Dry Gin is not only a great value, it’s a surprisingly great gin and comes very highly recommended at its price point. But it would be overall recommended for fans of classic style gin.
A good ABV for mixing, and a good flavor— Member’s Mark London Dry Gin might be the best part of my Sam’s Club membership. It’s genuinely good.