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The Martini revisited

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As you know, I like the Martini—i.e., the true Martini, made with gin and Noilly Prat in a 4-1 or 5-1 ratio, with an olive and the top misted with a twist of lemon (the twist then discarded, not put into the drink). And stirred, for the love of God, not shaken.

The NY Times did some important research in testing which gins are best in a Martini. The complete article is well worth reading, but here are the results:

Plymouth English Gin $22 *** 1/2
82.4 proof 1 liter

Subtle and elegant with crisp, lingering flavors of citrus and juniper: a martini in a dinner jacket. (Importer: Absolut Spirits, New York)

Junipero $35 ***
Anchor Distilling Co.,United States 86 proof 750 milliliters
Smooth, clean and very dry with assertive, classic flavors of juniper and citrus: a martini with one eyebrow raised.

Cadenhead’s Old Raj Dry Gin $50 ***
Scotland 110 proof 750 milliliters

Powerful, muscular and hot, but in a good way: a martini with a punch. (Preiss Imports, Ramona, Calif.)

Seagram’s Extra Dry $15 ** 1/2
80 proof 750 milliliters

Surprisingly complex, with fruit, ginger, juniper and citrus flavors: a martini with a thesaurus.

Tanqueray London Dry Gin $22 ** 1/2
England 94.6 proof 750 milliliters

Crisp with a hint of mint and juniper flavors: a martini peeking out from librarian’s glasses. (Diageo, Norwalk, Conn.)

Hendrick’s $40 ** 1/2
Scotland 88 proof 750 milliliters

Unusual, intriguing floral aromas: a martini in a Hawaiian shirt. (William Grant & Sons, New York)

Gordon’s London Dry $12 ** 1/2
United States 80 proof 750 milliliters

Gentle and harmonious with cardamom and nutmeg aromas: a martini in a gray flannel suit.

Bombay Sapphire London Dry $30 **
England 94 proof 1 liter

Jangly flavors of mint, herbs and citrus, with detectable alcoholic heat: a neurotic martini. (Bombay Spirits, Miami)

Quintessential London Dry $30 **
England 80 proof 750 milliliters

Smooth and direct, but with an odd, bittersweet flavor: a martini with a blemish. (White Rock Distilleries, Lewiston, Me.)

Martin Miller’s London Dry $32 **
England 80 proof 750 milliliters

Soft and slightly sweet, with floral aromas, but not a hint of juniper: a martini in pedal pushers. (Skyy Spirits, New York)

Note to family: good ideas for gifts to Leisureguy. 🙂

Written by LeisureGuy

2 May 2007 at 8:35 am

Posted in Daily life, Drinks, Recipes

One Response

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  1. We love Broker’s Gin. Check it out, would love to read your thoughts.

    Thanks for the great advice…



    2 December 2007 at 1:40 pm

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