Alcohols by Volume 08: Gin and Tom Collins

We’re taste testing our gin spirits against the tom collins cocktail. The four gin brands include g’vine, martin miller, tanqueray and bombay sapphire; will they change the cocktails taste and will the one we loved best “neat” taste best in a cocktail?


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  • Reply
    Martin Miller
    February 22, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Hi, fascinating review by you guys, thanks for the complimentary comments! In a Tom Collins I would have tended to use the Westbourne Strength version of my gin its higher ABV tends to punch through a little more in that type of cocktail.
    The vegetal issue is deliberate, we are the only gin to utilise two separate distillations, we first distil the earthier botanicals, then in a second process we separately distil our citrus peels. We do this, we hope, to give a distinctive
    clarity of flavour between the two, rather as in cooking when different ingredients are cooked in separate pots before the dish is assembled. The downside of this is that in more robust cocktails the taste can go one way or the other, to a more vegetal taste, or in some cases too ‘citrusy’. I don’t believe you can make one gin that is perfect in all cocktails that’s why the Westbourne came about. Its all personal of course, but for me I use the 80 proof for Martinis and for Gin and Tonics, while the Westbourne I keep for more complex cocktails. Its all a lot fun though either way! Thanks again.

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      Derrick Schommer
      February 23, 2010 at 1:54 am

      Thanks for the tips and guidance, it’s definitely a worthy gin in any cocktail I can think of, and we’ve created a bunch of cocktails on Common Man Cocktails with Martin Miller.

      Thanks for watching!

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