The ultimate guide to gin.
Moolahdrunk can quide your selection of premium gins to decorate your man cave or workspace or back seat.
What better way to invest your hard earned money than to enjoy some lovely gin.
Moolahdrunk's Gin Guide will guide you through the maze of brands so you can focus on getting squiffy, knowing someone else has done the leg-work.
Each gin is ranked according to it's taste and importantly the bottle design. You can feel secure in your man cave of blokeness knowing you won't be ridiculed for having a chav item on display. Leave the tinnies to the Australians and the beer cans to the soccer hoolagins. Impress your mates with Moolahdrunk's approved gins.
The world's most famous gin. According to themselves.
Distilled in Hampshire UK Bombay Sapphire is a classic. Bombay vapour infuses botanicals to create its flavour. The flavouring of the drink comes from a recipe of ten ingredients: almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise.
Its great as a simple G&T or in a cocktail.
TASTE: Make no mistake, Bombay Sapphire is lovely stuff. It has a very strong sweet citric aroma. The taste is slightly fruity, if you put a lemon in your drink it will be more lemony. You can really taste the alcohol, which is good.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: When you have a great tasting drink you dont need to do a lot to it. Poured over ice with a slimline tonic and a slice of orange, yes orange. Use a fancy glass too. Be proud of your pretty drink.
BOTTLE DESIGN: Its a blue one. The distinct blue glass bottles look great and they are square so you can use them as book ends. There is a picture above left so I won't get overly descriptive.
CONCLUSION: A very welcome guest in any man cave, Bombay Sapphire taste great, the bottle looks lovely. My suggestion is buy several, as mine is always running out. A fail safe addition to your collection.
The Japanese Craft Gin.
Roku uses six Japanese botanicals. In Japanese Ruku translates as Six. Hence the name.
Roku is watered down to 43% alcohol for our weak western constitutions. In Japan Roku gin is offered up at the full 47%. Woohoo.
As well as being a relatively strong spirit it has a peppery kick, due to sansho peppers.
TASTE: Think cherry blossoms and Judo. Complex silky and smooth and texture.
It tastes a lot like gin if it was made in Osaka with extra kick.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Try a Martini using equal measures of Roku Gin and dry vermouth.
BOTTLE DESIGN: Roku gets top points for going all out on the bottle design. The natural botanicals are crafted into the glass design and even the label is traditional washi paper. It even has six sides.
CONCLUSION: An exotic and authentic vessel of alcoholic goodness for your sipping pleasure, presented up in full show off style.
RHUBARB AND GINGER
How about some purple. Purple is OK, in fact its overdue. This offering from Whitley Neill can at first look seem like clever marketing to attract in the more feminine gin fan.
For those of us not afraid to enjoy a pretty looking drink, even in the most misogynistic conservative settings this rhubarb and ginger gin rewards with a refreshing tang.
TASTE: The rhubarb creates a sharp crisp edge to a smooth gin base. The ginger brings in some heat. Its a gingery, rhubarb treat for your mouth.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: It's bloody good with Fever Tree spiced orange ginger ale. Ice, Gin, Ginger ale, slice of lemon - consume.
BOTTLE DESIGN: This will bring some colour to your dark and grey mancave. Whitley Neil is designed to stand out from other gins with its purple bottle and shiny parts.
CONCLUSION: A welcome addition to the gin shelf that brings in some contrast in both taste and design.
TANQUERAY No TEN
THE SCOTTISH GIN
Passion and attention to detail in perfect measure, is a recipe for exquisite results.
Tanqueray Nº TEN, named after the stills of its origin, is small batch gin crafted using fresh citrus fruits.
Its the old faithful and a staple of any self respecting gin cabinet. This is a great bottle of booze.
TASTE: Well there is juniper, but it is gin after all. Tanqueray No 10. Its quite fruity, because of the fruit. You will like this. It's clean and crisp.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Gin & Tonic. Add ice to a copla glass, pour in 50ml Tanqueray No 10, 150ml tonic water and garnish with a slice of lime.
BOTTLE DESIGN: It's a green one. A very dramatic and elegant architectural design with Tanqueray's distinctive wax seal (made of plastic).
CONCLUSION: A must have bottle of liquid pleasure. Tanqueray No 10 brings sophistication and style to your special drinking place.
ORIENTAL SPICED GIN
How about some intricately decorated elephants on your gin bottle? This is a little misleading as elephant is not listed as an ingredient.
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is crafted with a selection of exotic hand-picked botanicals, carefully chosen by Opihr’s Master Distiller, including spicy Cubeb berries from Indonesia, Black Pepper from India and Coriander from Morocco.
If you come from India, Indonesia or Morocco please ignore the word exotic. These are just normal for you.
TASTE: Soft camphor, some sweetness and oriental spices create a warm mouth feel that lingers but does not increase in intensity. Or so Opihr will have you believe. I have tried this and don't disagree. There is a mild peppery after taste.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Drink this one quickly as once your friends see the bottle their curiosity will spike and they will polish off the lot. Try a margarita.
BOTTLE DESIGN: Its got elephants for goodness sake. What more do you need than elephants? How about a tassel! Once you get over the disappointment, or relief depending on your ideology, that Opihr gin does not actually contain any elephants you will enjoy this organic shaped container.
Another nice touch is the cork stopper. No need to get a strain injury screwing, you can just pop your cork.
CONCLUSION: Let's be clear. This is an exotic themed gin, marketed out of London. No actual exotic beasts are used to manufacture or trasport this gin. It is however a great drop and worthy of some mancave realestate.
WEBSITE: This is a treat. The marketing people at Opihr have made a lovely website. Well worth a look see.. www.opihr.com
Proper Yorkshire Gin, from Yorkshire.
Very nice indeed. This is a very refreshing fruity gin. Funny enough it tastes a lot like marmalade. Slingsby Marmalade Gin has been crafted using locally sourced (to Harrogate) botanicals that are synonymous with the beautiful and restorative nature of Harrogate. These unique botanicals are complemented with zesty Yorkshire marmalade, water drawn from the world-famous Harrogate aquifer.
TASTE: Rich in orange , tangerine flavours with the sharpness of grapefruit with a sweet and smooth finish. A desert gin if there was such a thing.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Pour it over ice, top up with tonic water, shove in an orange slice. It is very wet so use a glass.
BOTTLE DESIGN: The classic gin bottle shape is nice and flat to sneak into your tweed jaket. About time we had portable gin! It is very orange. It has the union flag on it, twice incase there is any doubt about the provenance of this gin. Altough a white rose for Yorkshire may have been more specific to Harrogate.
CONCLUSION: One of my favourites for no other reason than its a refreshing twist in a flooded market.
WEBSITE: Slingsby Gin
A GIN MADE ODDLEY or
THE OTHER SCOTTISH GIN
Hendrick’s is an unusual gin created from eleven fine botanicals. The infusions of rose & cucumber imbue the spirit with its uniquely balanced flavour resulting in a smooth and distinct gin.
Originally Henrdick's was introduced to me in a bar in Hanover. Being German, they insisted on follwing the makers instructions to the letter, which mean't cucumber in my drink. If you like salad have the cucumber. It is optional in the rest of the world.
TASTE: This is actually the combination of two separately distilled spirts, one with rose petals and one with cucumber. It has a floral flavour, it is refreshing and clean. One of the best, which is why it's on this page.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Gin & Tonic. You can fill your glass with little fidgety bits of cucumber if you must. It ruins the texture and overcomplicates the whole experience in my opinion. If you want to impress your mates with your attention to detail stick the fruit in.
BOTTLE DESIGN: As if we needed further proof that gin is for good you, The Hendrick's bottle is a nod to its medicinal origins. A serious bottle for your collection of whimsical booze bottle trophies.
CONCLUSION: An essential gin to try at least once. A pain in the bottom to pour and even more of a pain to prepare. We like annoying so it gets a thumbs up in the Moolahdrunk Gin Guide.
WEBSITE: A brillaint website. Beautifully designed with awesome graphics and slight animations. Bonus feature is there are heaps of cocktail recipes to get you going. www.hendricksgin.com
SMALL BATCH SCOTTISH GIN
The inclusion of bog myrtle, highland heather and dandelion leaves is a bit weird, but does it work?
Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn expertly infuses five locally foraged gin botanicals. Artisanal and small batch, beautifully mixing the rugged charm of Speyside with the urban sophistication of modern Scotland. I bet they say that to all the gin drinkers.
TASTE: The Scots have done their best to fill this gin with local fauna to create a distinctly Scottish gin. Caorunn gin is crisp, with earthy herb & fruit notes. A slightly dry finish. If you can taste the dandelion you are doing well.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Neat if you have the kahoonas otherwise a G&T with. slices of red apple if you have them handy.
BOTTLE DESIGN: Understated and elegant, the designers have stopped short of a tartan label in their efforts the make and authentic Scottish bottle of gin. You can get it in a very snazzy round box which is cool.
CONCLUSION: Worth a crack just so you can claim to have drunk the infusions of dandelion and heather. Not worth driving to
WEBSITE: www.caorunngin.com Nicely done and you can book a tour.
LONDON DRY GIN - ACTUALLY DISTILLED IN LONDON!
A celebration of the life and legacy of the original ‘King of Soho’, Paul Raymond.
A challenger spirit, Raymond was famous for his risqué shows and for a while dominated the London entertainment scene; revolutionising the district of Soho.
TASTE: A classic gin. King of Soho offers juniper and pine notes, with a hint of grapefruit. Finish is peppery and smooth. It tastes like gin.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: Lets not get too carried away just becase we have a flambouyant bottle. Keep it simple with a plain tonic and a slice of grapefruit.
BOTTLE DESIGN: Purposfully blinged, the bold and colourful design of the bottles have been crafted to embody the characteristics that make Soho unique, reflecting both the past and the present of this vibrant and hedonistic district of London.
CONCLUSION: A pretty little bottle of grog with authentic provenance. Very drinkable liquid, which is kind of the point.
GUNPOWDER IRISH GIN
If you can distill whiskey you have the gadetry to create gin, so it should be no surprise that the Irish have joined the gin makers club.
Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin joind the moolahdrunk gin guide.
Zero marks for originality as this blue bottle of joy is made in Drumshanbo.
TASTE: We are going full critrus, lemon and lime from Asia and gunpowder tea. This one is sweet and fruity. There is nothing more Irish here than the place its made. Good as if we went full Irish on the ingredients we would end up with leprechaun vodka.
BEST WAY TO DRINK: After Guniess if you can. Otherwise Serve Gunpowder Gin in a glass with lots of ice, a premium tonic water and a slice of fresh red grapefruit to emphasise the refreshing citrus notes
BOTTLE DESIGN: Fiddley dee its another blue one. This is an attractive bottle that will smarten up even the scruffiest man cave. It also has the word GUNPOWDER in all caps just in case you are in any doubt about the flavour.
CONCLUSION: Get one of these into your gin collection quick as you can.
WEBSITE: coming rather soon, to be sure. Just as soon as it updates its security certificate.