What is the Best Gin?

Have you ever wondered what is the best gin?

What is the best gin?

What is the best gin?

When I tell people I have a Gin Reviews Website, the most common question I am asked is What is the best gin?

Well, it depends on what you consider the best to be.

As everyone’s tastes are different, there is no sure-fire way to gauge¬†unless you have criteria¬†to measure

What is the best gin?

Criteria for Gin can go as follows

  • Visual
  • Aroma
  • Entry
  • Mid
  • Finish¬†

Here you are using all of your 5 senses.(and possibly a 6th sense which we will discuss later).

The Visual Element plays an important role because you not only see the bottle firsthand, but you get to see what’s poured into the glass. This can give you an insight to the quality by examining the legs and the clarity of the product. The term “clear as glass” applies here. You may think that all gin is clear, but alas, you would be quite surprised when holding mutliple gins next to each other and seeing just how much comparable clarity they have.

The next category  is Aroma, which some say is the best way to evaluate a product because it depicts the clearest interpretation and gives a notable first impression. Often, when I try a gin I have never had before, I take some time to inhale the scent and evaluate it in my mind. Sometimes, when you smell a product it does not carry the consistency of how it tastes. This can be a blessing or a curse depending on if your betting to get what you pay for.

Moving on to Entry, this is when the spirit touches your mouth for the first time and but a few seconds will register different sensations and flavor. Think of this as your first kiss, it’s a lot to take in but try to go with the flow. The Entry should begin once you feel you have enough information from the inhalation of pure bliss gin.

Some questions to ask are:

  • Does the alcohol overwhelm the experience?
  • How does the taste reflect the aroma?
  • Was this what I thought it would be?

Next in line, is Mid, which is a transitional stage to allow the full flavor profiles to divulge their secrets. Think of it as the climax of a rollercoaster ride just before it finishes out. It is here, when most gin’s can be thought to attract or deny the drinker, and one can really tell the tale. Make sure you wait for it, not to rush through. This goes for trying to hurry to the finish or jumping through hoops during the mid entry. Just let it happen naturally.

Finally, the gin ends with its Finish.¬†This brings us to our impressions that are finalize and a concluded outcome that starts to come together. From our experience, we have seen gin’s that are wonderful going in, so-so midway through, and fall flat on their face at the Finish. Don’t let this happen to you.

There is one sense we haven’t discussed and that is the Sixth Sense. Also know as ESP, involves reception of information not gained through the recognized physical¬†senses¬†but sensed with the mind. ¬†A Gut reaction we¬†receive,¬†that is a collection of the overall experience and enjoyment. This is important because sometimes things are right as rain or don’t smell right. Gin tells a story and if you can bring that out of the glass and into your mind, Great things will happen.

All in All,

What is the Best Gin?

is an inquiry that has sufficient merit and weight when being addressed properly.

After all, What would F. Paul Palcut¬†say if you told him “Bluecoat is the best gin?”

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  1. People have always struck me as being very particular about their gins–very passionate about their individual selections. That’s part of the charm: it’s sort of like people’s preference for barbeque sauce on baby back ribs in that there are no two sauces alike and it’s hard to say who’s sauce is “best.”

    For me, I’m pretty seasonal. I like some gins for tonic water in a hot summer day (hello Magellan) and I like others in a martini at night (God bless you, North Shore #11 and Beefeater #24). Other gins, I think of as Christmas gins (Rogue Spruce and that Bluecoat you mentioned) that I drink every time the snow flies.

    Gins are wonderful in that their nuanced and can suit a mood or a time with the versatility of a little black cocktail dress.

  2. Martin Miller’s westbourne strength is for me, after >10 years of G&T compulsive drinking, the very best gin I’ve ever tasted

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