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Best Gin Martinis?


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Best Gin Martinis?

Dennis | Feb 17, 2003 05:25 PM


I am a recent convert to gin martinis.

Before my conversion, my cocktail of choice while dining out was a "Double Tanqueray & Tonic."

However, I began to drift away from this particular drink because there seems to be too many bartenders who don't know how to make them properly.

I have found a great deal of inconsistency in how Double Tanqueray & Tonics are made. I've had many that only tasted like singles. I've had others that tasted like triples -- not that I am complaining.

Okay, back to gin martinis.

About two weeks ago, I was enjoying my second Tanqueray martini. I then asked the bartender: "In your opinion, which brand of gin makes the best gin martini."

He answered confidently and without hesitation: "Bombay. Then Bombay Sapphire."

This was news to me. I had been drinking Tanquray Gin just about all of my drinking life. It has always been my gin of choice. Now I learn that my favorite brand -- Tanqueray -- may not make the best martinis.

Last week, I went back to that same restaurant and asked the bartender to make me a Bombay Sapphire martini. He was right. It was smoother than a Tanquray martini.

For those of you who know your gin and gin martinis, would you agree with this bartender that Tanqueray is at the lower end of the totem pole as far as gin martinis are concerned -- and that Bombay and Bombay Sapphire do make a superior martini?

The bartender also told me that Bombay Sapphire is not the "final word" in gin martinis -- that there are at least a couple of brands that make an even better gin martini.

I told him that I would try one of these "better" brands during my next visit.

Do any of you know of any brand of gin which -- in your opinion -- makes a gin martini superior to one made with Bombay Sapphire?

Another question. For those who are into gin martinis,
which brand would you say makes the best gin martini in the world?

Any and all responses will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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