Thursday, June 02, 2005

Well, there's some occasion or decade or something about which they say if you can remember it you weren't really there. I think the same can be said about the Gin Smackdown!.

The Junipero was very popular (especially because it was 49% alcohol). We added three juniper berries to each glass after the inital straight taste. This didn't necessarily add much except visual appeal. It was excellent and moves straight to the top of my list of things which need to be smuggled in on a regular basis.

A friend brought a bottle of Blackwood's - new to the LCBO - which also met with great approval. A very fine gin, which was ever so slightly too subtle for my taste that evening. The Magellan didn't work on the first round but improved greatly when we tossed out any premise of adding vermouth and just had our martinis essentially straight. Somebody else brought Broker's which had a really crisp, clear taste. It's packaging was a big hit as it's the only gin we know of with a little hat.

We brought out what was left of the Citadelle from last time to compare and, it, much like the Magellan was a nice, subtle, springy change from the spicy Scottish and American contenders.

But, when the Hendrick's made its appearance, it blew most everyone away again. I'm sure there are dissenting opinions and those who disagree (and remember their disagreement) should post a comment, but I say Hendrick's was the best of the lot.

You get to a point, though, where you realize they are all very different tastes and might not be even suited to a ranking. A Plymouth martini, for example, is superb, but right at the other end of the spectrum. Well, that's it for now.