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Old 27th Jul 2015, 14:07
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I came out a Hendricks man but never drank the stuff since.

like Goudie I'm a Bombay man who also picks out any veggie or fruit lying around and plops it in the glass to raise the level and make me think I'm getting my moneys worth.

What should I expect from a Hendricks if I should switch, or should i just go back to swigging something cheap.

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Old 27th Jul 2015, 14:16
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I'[ve gone from Gordons (when I was a teenager living in Spain, through Gordon's Bombay, Tanquerray and onto Hendricks.

The change of having cucumber in the Hendricks was a revelation.
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 14:32
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Tanqueray and Schweppes

What a coincidence that this thread should come to my notice when there has just been absolute confusion after lunch. Change of staff over the three months whilst we have been away and they don't know what an afternoon tea is. Then they asked single or double, a single doesn't exist in the civilised world - bloody heathens.
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 15:23
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Plymouth or Bombay. NEVER Gordons! They weakened it a few years ago which of course made it cheaper for them (lower duty), and even more bland than it was. They didn't reduce the price, either!
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 15:26
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Best ever Gin drink I ever had was on a lovely summer afternoon, one of a very few......, up here in Scotland.

Was meant to be Pimms in the garden, but on the back of the Pimms bottle was a recipe for 'Turbo Pimms' which involved adding large quantities of Gin to the bowl of Pimms, lemonade, cucumbers etc,

We used a large bottle of Bombay- the 47% stuff- and had a lovely, if drunken time. Although a friend fell into a hedge on the way home and had to phone in the next day...

For me, that export strength Bombay Sapphire is the only one.

Had many encounters over the years though with Gordon's, and 'Pinkers'. Not a lot to complain about really, although I think gin can make one feel a bit maudlin....
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 15:54
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although I think gin can make one feel a bit maudlin.
...

It's caused by an empty bottle
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 16:09
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Good Heavens, I've been drinking the wrong gin for all these years, must pour the present one into the sink and rush out to buy my correct tipple - not.

Bombay sapphire, tonic - and agave syrup. Sounds dreadful but isn't.

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Old 27th Jul 2015, 16:36
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Is it an age thing?........

......I too tried that "quiz" and came out as a "Hendricks chap", although I hadn't heard of it before and definitely haven't tasted it. I tried to buy a bottle in Lincoln last Thursday an couldn't find any. Is it SO esoteric?

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Old 27th Jul 2015, 17:39
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Apparently, I am a Hendrick's man.
Unlike the hordes of Bombay-swigging Johnny Come Latelys, you are among gin's longstanding and more discerning supporters - cheers
As for my favourite, I just discovered this stuff.....
Inverroche Distillery, Stillbay, South Africa
and I must cheerfully admit to being most smitten with the stuff.
It is a very different Gin, with the Cape Fynbos botannicals. One tends to return for second opinions, and third etc.....
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 18:14
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My favourite gins are the Genevas from the Netherlands.

Top three are Korenwijn, Oude Geneva and Bessen Geneva. Cheers!
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 19:16
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The Gordons sold duty-free used to be the "proper strength" stuff that tasted right, while the UK shop stuff was diluted and tasted 'orrible.

I'm still using up stocks of duty free "proper" Gordons and Tanqueray, but since I mostly drink Highland Park the gin is lasting well.

Whiskey is Irish or American. I tried drinking that, but had to stop.
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 20:55
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Had to do the quiz twice to match the martini on my library table...

Absolutely no question that Sapphire is the way to go, though I must confess an occasional affinity to Sapphire East.

Hands down, the best gin I ever loved was Tanqueray Malacca (back in the day, 45%)

Can't get it now...

A truly sublime martini was created with an ice-filled rimmless martini glass left to chill with an aliquot of Martini Bianco, (being disposed of appropriately down the drain, leaving only a perfectly seasoned glass, which is accoutered by an 8 inch string of lemon peel, {the entire fruit blanched prior to donation, to remove the wax and liberate the heavenly, subtle aroma}). following the proper ministrations to render the gin best drinkable (shaken to the point of bruising in a large glass shaker charged with gin, a small amount of warm crushed ice, and a substantial amount of -20F cubed ice), The gin is minimally diluted, there is a perfect cloudiness, and a palate-teasing assortment of ice crystals dancing about with only a hint of citrrus and vermouth to distract from the main attraction.
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 21:23
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I was in a bar in a hotel in 'Ull several years ago when half a dozen Yorkshire ladies tottered in. White stilettos, short skirts etc The loudest one of the group, and there was quite a lot of competition for this accolade, sashayed up to the bar man to order a some gins (Funnily enough I can't recall her asking for any mixers?) He then started to reel off Tanquery, Gordon's, Beefeater. She cut him off sharply with "Cheepist!" in the local dialect.


I'm a Bombay Sapphire lady for the record. Got to be a quarter slice of lime not lemon in mine too. ☺️ Although, Sainsburys Taste the Difference export strength Blackfriars gin (43%) is surprisingly good too.
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 22:20
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Navy strength Plymouth (57%) closely followed by Hendricks.......must be with quality cold Tonic, fresh lemon slice, couple of splashes of Angostura and large ice cubes.
Best taken in the sun after 6pm but before 8pm.
Any other time it's scotch!!
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Old 27th Jul 2015, 22:56
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After reading this thread I made myself a wopping Gin & Tonic with slices of lime and a goodly amount of Bombay Saphire. I have finally woken up and now feel like sheet.

Thanks
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Old 28th Jul 2015, 09:17
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When I were a lad the girls usually asked for a gin and orange. I had a sip of it once, tasted awful.
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Old 28th Jul 2015, 15:06
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Originally Posted by Romeo Oscar Golf View Post
Navy strength Plymouth (57%) closely followed by Hendricks.......must be with quality cold Tonic, fresh lemon slice, couple of splashes of Angostura and large ice cubes.
Best taken in the sun after 6pm but before 8pm.
Any other time it's scotch!!

This needs to be repeated all over the internet, so that properness spreads virally. (Yes, that sentence is weird, but it's the thought that counts!)
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Old 28th Jul 2015, 15:45
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Navy strength Plymouth (57%) closely followed by Hendricks.......
Actually I think you should wait at least 20 minutes before changing to a different brand.
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Old 28th Jul 2015, 16:06
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Time for a stiffie!

Just sent the Memsahib out for a moment while my bearer mixes a stiff four-finger chota peg before tiffin. Bombay, of course. Chin, chin!
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Old 28th Jul 2015, 16:14
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Chase Elegant, but if you want a bone dry experience try Chase english dry gin with standard fever tree tonic.
Hic!
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