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A Gin-Gin Situation

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Once you find it, you will know.
Gin is special. It has that certain aromatic Gin-ne-sais-quoi that makes it unique. Once dubbed the Mother’s Ruin, the Spirit has made a fantastic comeback.
But its popularity is no coincidence. Gin is prospering due to its newfound diversity and excellence. Those who dare – win. And those who care – Gin (care about authentic Spirits that is.)
Authenticity starts with the heart. With juniper. The magic happens when you combine the base Spirit with a combination of aromatic botanicals, and the juniper takes center stage. Gin is a bit of an acquired taste, but one that is definitely worth acquiring. You just have to find the right Gin.
That’s where Uncle Flaviar comes in. Let’s be-Gin, shall we?
According to the legal definition, Gin is “an alcoholic beverage made from distilled neutral grain Spirits with predominant juniper flavor.” We’ll stop with the technical lingo right here. Not just because it’s drab, but because it does the Spirit great injustice. Most Gin might be colorless, but its variations are anything but.
It wasn’t always like that, though. When comparing the modern day Gins to the turpentine spiked Mother’s Ruin of the early industrial age, you’d be forgiven to think that’s a different drink entirely. Even today, there are folks out there who can only stand Gin in a Gin & Tonic. Blasphemy! Nevertheless, if that’s you, it’s time to wake up and smell the juniper, because you’re missing out.
You see, juniper is just the beginning. There is a whole world of different aromas to discover. With the popularity of Gin soaring these past few years, the selection of craft, small-batch, premium expressions is immense. It’s the remaining botanical medley that makes each Gin special. Magic. As ingredients become more and more diverse, surely there’s a version out there to suit even the most finicky drinker. 
Perhaps you’ll enjoy a traditional London Dry with notes of lavender, an aged Old Tom full of character or even an exotic spiced expression that breaks the mold completely? We’re here to help you find that certain Gin-ne-sais-quoi that does it for you. Hard to describe, but once you find it, you will know.
SmartAss Corner:
1.) The word “Gin” comes from the Dutch word “jenever,” which means “juniper.” It was the Dutch who came up with the concoction in the 16th century. Pharmacists sold medicine made of barley Wine or malted-barley Spirit and to make it more enjoyable, they would redistill it with juniper and other botanicals.
2.) The Spirit became super popular in Britain during the eighteenth century. The Gins of yore were not quite as refined as those of today, though. Gin was once a crass Brew, often spiked with turpentine, and guzzled by the pint by poor Brits desperate to get drunk on a budget. Considering the ingredients, that was no easy task. Yikes. Many Mothers were ruined before it finally fell out of favor, and flavor.
3.) London Dry Gin is its most popular variety. Perfected when the column stills came about, this is what most people think of when they think of Gin. Despite its name, it's not always from London, as long as it is made using a pure grain Spirit, with flavor introduced from natural botanicals through re-distillation. It mustn’t contain colorants or any added ingredients other than water. The London Dry is the benchmark of quality in the Gin world.  
4.) Old Tom, its sweeter, softer variety, played a key role in how Gin evolved in the past few hundred years, but died out entirely until a couple of years ago. How the name Old Tom came about is a bit of a mystery, but most of the murky origin stories contain a cat in some context or another. Weird. Anyways, a good Old Tom is the cat’s meow, so we’re glad it’s back and more popular than ever.
5.) Gin must have a predominant juniper flavor, but there are no specifications on how many botanicals can be used in the production. With the number of Gins available growing every year, one of the ways they differentiate themselves is through the constant introduction of new, exotic botanicals. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a trip to anywhere in the world.
6.) As opposed to other Spirits, which are distilled to lower purity, Gin does not require long periods of aging to develop the flavor. But with the recent Gin renaissance, distillers began experimenting with the Spirit, aging it in whatever barrels they had lying around. Post maturation, the traditional Gin botanicals are still there, but they’re complimented with the complexity of the cask. We reckon aged Gin could be the next big thing.
7.) “The Gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire” -Winston Churchill. We suspect Winnie might have used a slightly different methodology in his calculations than everyone else.

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London Dry Gin is not always from London. Gin does not have the same geographical restrictions as Spirits such as Cognac, Scotch, or Tequila. Only a tiny handful of London Dry Gins are actually made in the city.

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Member Reviews and Ratings of Gin-ne-sais-quoi
I enjoyed the tasting. The Tom Cat was great. My least favorite was the Opihr.
Fabulous Gin...loved the Tom Cat
I am typically a Whiskey and Rye drinker, but enjoy an occasional Gin cocktail. This tasting box is excellent. It really shows off the different possibilities of Gin's. Cotswalds is very fragrant with strong floral notes of lavender and tasty hints of cardamom and coriander. Opihr is smooth with a slightly peppery finish. Notes of citrus and pine. Barr Hill is amazing. I have not tried an oak finished gin before. This was a very pleasant surprise. Slightly sweet, honey flavor at first sip. Lingering caramel and oak flavors that linger nicely. Just a nice touch of fruit and pine. Being a whiskey drinker, I want to add this bottle to my bar collection. It will be gone quickly.
It is great!! I love every single one!!
I thoroughly enjoyed these three distinct flavors of gin, each with its own unique flavor spirals. We are big fans of Hendricks Gin, so these three were a fairly large departure from our usual palate. This gave us an exposure to flavors which we would not otherwise have while not being forced to purchase a whole bottle of each, nor traveling to multiple distilleries for a similar experience.
First real experience with Gin and we really enjoyed these more than we thought we would.
Loved the super juniper punch of the Cotswolds, was intrigued by cardamom spice and complexity of Opihr, and disliked the copper taste of the Barr Hill Reserve.
This was my first experience with Gin, so I cannot speak with experience (obviously), but I thought this was a great introduction with a nice variety of Gin. Each one tasted vastly different and it really helped me find what I would enjoy in a Gin when I purchase my first bottle. My favorite was probably the Ophir, which I assumed as it was the most citrus forward (and I love citrus), but I also really enjoyed the floral forward Cotswolds, which surprised me. The Bar Hill was nice as well, but it confused my palate a bit. It was super sweet up front then immediately flipped to a stronger burn on the back
A great contrast of flavors! I loved the Cotswolds with the locally sourced lavender. I have tasted other gins that had lavender added but they do not measure up. The Ophir was interesting and I could imagine it in a mixed drink. And I had been curious to try a Tom Cat style that this tasting box was able to offer without having to risk investment in a full sized bottle.
I was blown away by the variety of this tasting box. I’m a bourbon guy, but wanted to figure out a decent Gin. The Ophir was my favorite (classic dry gin with a twist). The Cotswald was extremely floral and the Barr Hill was like nothing I have ever tasted. I recommend this tasting box.
Great way to taste a variety of different Gina. Didn’t realize gin could have such different notes
I like to drink my gin neat or on the rocks, none of these had an enjoyable flavor to me. Sticking with Elephant
Really interesting, diverse selection. The Cotswald was my favorite and my wife preferred the Ophir the most. Even though the Barr Hill was too sweet for us, it still completed a fun tasting box that expanded our gin horizons.
The selection was diverse and, I feel, represented each note perfectly. Nice job!
I loved the A and B but C (Barr hill). Is not a fave. To be fare I don’t like whiskey
A classic selection of London Dry Gins & a test tube of wet sawdust!
Doesn’t taste as strong as it is. Very good with Schweppes tonic water
My husband and I were surprised by the winner of this tasting. We liked two out of three, but that’s only because we aren’t fans of Tom Cat gins.
The Tom Cat has a whisky flavor that was an odd pair with the gin hit the Dry Gin were awesome
Nice mix of styles and range of tastes
Very interesting tasting set, did not know gins could be so diverse
Really interesting tasting set! Fun to taste how diverse the world of gin can be.
Opihr and Barr Hill are some of the best gin I’ve ever had.
Solid gins. I enjoyed the Cotswold and Ophir the best. The Tom Cat was a little sweeter than I could handle in more than one G&T.
Really great tasting. Don’t forget to try some with your favorite tonic.
We really enjoyed this box. We had previously had Cotswold gin in London and enjoyed it there, and we confirmed it is still one of our favorites. Ophir was also amazing - I loved the spice element. We tried it with regular tonic and aromatic and both were good, although the aromatic tonic took a little of the spice away. The Barr hill was very interesting but upon mixing it with tonic, it tasted somewhat like bourbon and ginger. Not quite what I would have expected.
The Cotswold was by far the best of the bunch. Tomcat was respectable but average. I however hold a special hatred for Opihr. This was the worst gin I've ever had. EVER. It tasted like the aftertaste of bad Chinese food. I couldn't even finish the sample it was that bad. Whoever thought adding this to a tasting box was either playing a cruel joke or needs to be fired immediately.
I love Gin, and I love this sampler! All 3 were guns I have never tasted before, and at least 2 of 3 I’m going to purchase.
great variety of gins. Enjoyed he Barr Hill Tom Cat most. A lot of options there.
All pretty smooth Gins!!! Loved them. Especially the honey flavored one.
Fantastic set showing multiple personalities of Gin. The Opihr has a cardamom tinge, not coriander. Noticed it off the bat, as cardamom is one of my favorite smells
I really enjoyed the variety of gin in this box for a tasting experience and potentially expanding my horizons!
What a great mix! Thank you!
Loved the variety of gins!
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