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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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The Reader’s Best Gin Semi-Final #1: Hendrick’s vs. Leopold’s


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The Reader’s Final Four Gins

So the votes have been tallied, the polls closed, and the Reader’s bracket now is a little more filled out. The result? We (and when I say “we”, what I mean is “you”) have the final four brands of gin that will go up against one another.

The four? Batch No. 209, Bombay Sapphire, Leopold’s Small Batch,  and Hendrick’s. Overall, not a bad selection of gin there.

The next step? Once I find time and get off of my duff to do my own taste tests and fill out my bracket, we’ll get down to the nittiest of gritties: Determine which is the best gin.

The match-ups will be

Batch No. 209


Bombay Sapphire

and the undercard will be:

Leopold’s Small Batch





Leopold’s Small Batch vs. Knickerbocker Gin – You Decide

It’s a battle of unknowns, as you, the reader, gets to decide which of these smaller brands gets to make it into the final four of the Reader’s Bracket.

Is it Leopold’s Small Batch out of San Francisco? Or will it be the upstarts from Michigan, with their Knickerbocker gin?

You decide!

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The poll closes in a week.

In related news,  Hendrick’s make it into the final four in the Reader’s Bracket.

Gin Fight! Round 2: Hendrick’s vs. Ebb & Flow – Which is better?

We are now, officially, in the second round of competition.  The stakes are higher, the quality of competition increases, and the ability to enjoy gin fully becomes a happy side effect of all of this nonsense.

First up in Round 2 – The cult favorite Hendrick’s, who was voted into the second round by beating Old Raj, goes up against Seattle favorite Ebb & Flow, who was voted superior to Aviation gin.

Vote for your favorite to go into the final four. The Poll will close on May 27th.

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Meanwhile, as my bracket looks a little different from the Reader’s,  I’ll do my own taste testing between Old Raj and Aviation.

Hendrick’s vs. Old Raj: Which One Won?

This is the fourth result of the ongoing quest to find the best gin, enough so that a couple of patterns are becoming clear.  For one, you, the readers, tend to migrate to the more robust gins.  I, on the other hand, tend to choose the more subdued gins.

We see this in the latest results, where Hendrick’s was put up against Old Raj, and you, the readers preferred Hendrick’s, what with their lower ABV and their distinct use of cucumbers and rose petals in their botanicals.  I’ve gone ahead and updated the Reader’s Bracket with this result.

I, on the other hand, chose Old Raj, which was more of a vote against Hendrick’s as it was for Old Raj. I typically dislike drinks with an ABV of over 55%, as they tend to numb the palate and give residual alcoholic tastes upon the palate, but Old Raj didn’t have that affect upon me this time. This is mostly due to the Juniper, which stays throughout the tasting, right up through it’s finish, dominating the palate to the point where one forgets that there’s alcohol involved. It’s bouquet was floral, and pleasant, and both cardamon and saffron could be detected, but more as supporting roles than dominate flavors. It’s this use of botanicals which I focused in upon, especially when compared side-by-side to Hendrick’s.

Hendrick’s is not subtle about its use of other botanicals. When you drink Hendrick’s, you know that, not only is there juniper, but your also damn sure that there’s a finish of cucumber followed quickly by a rose flavor, the last two overpowering the juniper. At the time I did the tasting, I found this interesting. When compared with the complexity of Old Raj, who had flavors that were less obvious and nuanced, I found the flavoring of  Hendrick’s unsubtle. On the second tasting of Hendrick’s,  I was simply annoyed with it shouting “Look at me! I use Cucumbers! I’m different!” Different is fine, but my preference will almost always side on the complex.

This was when I decided to choose Old Raj over Hendrick’s.

So, who’s right? The Readers or me? This is my conclusion after four rounds of comparisons. Once you get poorly made gin out of the equation (which both readers and I did when Beefeater’s beat out Gordon’s), it comes down to personal preference. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Hendrick’s, which, aside from my own preference of complexity in gin, seems perfectly acceptable.  It’s just not my thing, even if it may be yours.


Gin Fight #4: Old Raj vs. Hendrick’s

Yup, it’s that time again – time for another duke ‘em out, shoot ‘em out between two different gins.

In corner ‘A’, we have Old Raj, a well regarded, yet somewhat unknown gin from the Western side of Scotland. Old Raj has generally been well regarded when reviewed by others, but they certainly aren’t a household name, and thus is a likely underdog here.

In the other corner, we have Hendrick’s Gin, a name very famous throughout America, and generally a well regarded spirit, known for its use of roses and cucumbers to help flavor the drink. Can this Scottish gin defeat the underdog? It’s up to you to decide by voting below:

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As usual, I will give my own take on these two gins after the polls have closed next Tuesday.