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When is a gin not a gin??

(5 Posts)
Katek Sun 18-Mar-18 16:52:57

I don’t drink gin but I’ve been wondering about all these new flavoured gins-Turkish delight, sweet violet, rhubarb & ginger, Bakewell etc. If it doesn’t taste like juniper berries is it truly gin or just a sweet tasting alcoholic drink?

CardiffJaguar Sun 18-Mar-18 17:00:13

It's all to do with the distillation. Gin has a lot more than juniper in it.

lemongrove Sun 18-Mar-18 17:02:03

I don’t know Katek I stick to Gordons but the blue sapphire is supposed to be good as well.
I was going to answer your OP with ‘ when it’s too swamped with tonic’ 😆🍸

Esspee Sun 18-Mar-18 17:05:24

Our niece works in the distillery business. Apparently most "gin" makers buy in the ethanol rather than distil it and simply add the flavouring, put it in a swish bottle and charge an arm and a leg for it.

Marydoll Sun 18-Mar-18 17:12:02

My daughter and her fiance are gin aficionados. grin.
They have a gin collection of over 30 different types and are always on the lookout for new flavours.
They have even made their own gins on a gin course.
They still taste like gin, not sweet alcoholic drinks, the flavours are quite subtle. It's to do with the botanicals which are added.
I was always a Bombaby Sapphire girl, but some of the new gins are lovely and the type of tonic you use also affects the taste.