People are always wondering which gin brands are worth buying. Most gin brands are priced reasonably and are affordable. However if you are willing to have the best then you should make sure that you are well informed about the different gin brands available in the market. Gin brands can be divided into four categories – The Ultimate Category, the Top Shelf Category, the Middle Class Category and the Budget Models.
Invented by Dr. Sylvius who tried to find a cure for kidney disorders by mixing two diuretics – juniper berries and grain alcohol, gin was originally called “genever”. This drink became very popular in no time at all. Considered a health tonic at first this was being increasingly consumed till it became a favorite.
Some gin brands are amongst the top selling in the world. The fragrant smell and crisp taste makes it unique and distinctive. The gin that is usually used is London Dry Gin which is produced by taking a grain spirit and redistilling it after adding botanicals. Along with the juniper berry citrus lemon, orange peel etc are added. Other flavors of lime peel, anise, dragon eye, baobab, coriander, frankincense, cassia bark, nutmeg, cubeb, angelica root and saffron are also used.
Gin brands like the Plymouth Gin also uses a recipe that is unique and delicious. This gin is made with botanicals that are very similar to those of the London Dry Gin. The Distilled gin has basically evolved from Dutch spirits like Jonge and Oude gin, Old Tom Gin and Plymouth Gin. A sloe gin is another gin brand that is sweet and made with the blackthorn fruit, sloes and gin. Similarly, the Damson gin is made with damsons.
The reason why gin is usually mixed in cocktails that have sweet ingredients is because it is a dry spirit. This is why vermouth or tonic water is used to balance the dryness of gin.
Some of the gin brands that are excellent and not very expensive are Bombay Sapphire that is a dry, crisp gin with the flavor of spices, juniper and citrus; Tanqueray Gin which is made with grains of high quality, pure water, juniper berries and botanicals that are distilled four times over to make a superb and ideal gin; Hendrick’s Gin which is uniquely infused with rose petals and cucumber; Beefeater Gin that is produced and distributed in Britain with the flavor of 9 botanicals.
Other gin brands include Citadelle Gin that is produced in the same way it was in 1771 using the original recipe which had the flavor of 19 botanicals that were exotic; Plymouth gin with an earthy flavor, Gin Bulldog that is quite new but flavored with Dragon Eye, lotus leaves and poppy seeds.
Reading reviews of different gin brands available in the market will help you to choose one that suits your palate and your pocket. Tasting different brands would make it easier for you to choose one. Gin bottles that are on the bottom of the shelf would be affordable and reasonable if you don’t care to spend $20 or $30 for a bottle. The Bombay Sapphire Gin is not very expensive as is the New Amsterdam Straight Gin.