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The Reader’s Choice Finals – Hendrick’s Gin versus No. 209 Gin

This is it – the finals. Out of the initial sixteen gins selected, these were the two that you deemed best. Your final task here is to pick one over the other. Will be be the lesser known No. 209 gin from San Francisco? Or will it be the popular Scottish Gin, Hendrick’s?

The choice is yours.  You have one week to vote.

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Gin Fight #7 Results: Was it Junipero, or No. 209?

The worst part of this bracket breakdown is that there has to be losers. When I compare one gin against another, a preference, no matter how small, will make itself known, and invariably the loser will be tossed aside on the smallest percieved flaw.

Such is the case between Junipero and No. 209.

Let me state my bias up front – I was rooting for Junipero. I am a huge fan of  Anchor Distillery, as their attention to detail, and their joy in recreating old recipes and selling them to modern consumers, enlightening them with how things used to be. As a business model, it was one right up my alley, and Anchor’s passion for the past made me love them.

Yet when I put their gin up against No. 209, I sided with the lesser-known brand. No. 209, gets to go ahead to the elite eight.

Let me be clear, both are fine gins. Both are quite different, with two purposes on the market landscape.  Junipero is a classic London Dry gin, restrained, and wonderfully balanced. No. 209 falls into the New Western Dry Gin category. No. 209 has far more distinct citrus undertones, while Junipero lands with a warm, spicy buzz, and a citrus flavoring so subtle, one can miss if it they weren’t looking for it. For with Junipero, juniper rules.

So, why did I choose No. 209? It’s the same reason as with Tanqueray – the ABV is too much, with Junipero pushing near 50% (49.3 % to be exact). That numbing of the tongue that comes with excessive alcohol does not work for me, not while I’m trying to get at the heart of what the gin tastes like.   While No. 209 sits only a little lower in ABV (46%), it’s enough for me to get at the coriander, the cardamon, and others that sit below the orange peel.

So, No. 209 goes into the next round in my bracket, as well as the reader’s bracket, due in large part to a stuff the ballot box campaign sponsored by another forum.

Gin Fight #7: Junipero vs. No. 209 Gin

I did not set out to put to gins from San Francisco up against one another. That was the fault of the bracket software I use who chooses opponents randomly.

None the less, their results gives us an interesting head to head competition, as Anchor Distilling‘s Junipero goes up against No. 209 Gin from Distillery 209.

It’s your time to choose. Which of these gins from San Francisco do you prefer?

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You’ll have one week to decide.