Cheap Gin. Tesco Gin is cheap. I don’t have a problem with it. There’s plenty of good gins at good price points out there. David T. Smith from Summer Fruit Cup told me Tesco uses a base spirit distilled from molasses, That’s somewhat unusual among inexpensive bargain gins— So how did this molasses-base hold up in tasting?
Tesco Gin begins pleasantly. A tingle of citrus and a prickle of juniper. This all gives way to an intense and sudden burst of heat. The sharp heat blurs the mid notes and gives away to a finish which is lingering, slightly burning, and leaves a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.
Though the aftertaste has intimations of the juniper and citrus, it’s still somewhat harsh. The base spirit is completely neutral and rather thin. And it brings a fair amount of heat.
But you’re not going to drink this gin neat like I am right now. It mixes nicely. The bitter juniper finish isn’t completely done away with, but a nice element of sweetness like a tonic water or some citrus cuts it. But the only way to really make it go away I guess is to use a super sweet sour mix or something.
If you’re buying Tesco, that might be what you plan on using it with. If you’re looking for a gin for a proper Tom Collins, I might recommend you look elsewhere.
Overall, Tesco Gin
Tesco Gin is a cheap gin with a certain audience in mind. If you’re having a party and you need a lot of cheap gin, then you probably already know what you’re in for.