Methinks that there has been a bit of ballot stuffing.
That’s okay, really. Some people, and some companies are really proud of their products. And rightfully so. Ebb + Flow Gin is good. Quite good, as a matter of fact, a gin that I would gladly recommend to anyone. It has a strong nose, full of citrus, vanilla, and, of course, juniper. There’s nary a chemical taste to the drink, outside of the alcohol, which, at 47% ABV, can be a bit strong for some. I am satisfied that it won the reader’s round. Plainly put, Ebb & Flow Gin is a damn fine gin (Yo’! You folks at Sound Spirits – feel free to use that in your promotional literature).
However…I do get my own say in this matter.
There is always a problem in placing two well made gins aside one another, and invariably a preference will follow. My own preference? Aviation Gin.
But I need to qualify this. Aviation Gin, in my opinion, isn’t the better gin, per se. Yes, yes, it has a lively nose, with the orange peel being apparent, but not obnoxious, and the lavender balancing it nicely. And yes, the flavors play nicely with each other, with no one ingredient dominating the other . But Ebb + Flow had similar qualities.
So what’s the difference between the two?
Certainly there’s the alcohol difference, with Ebb & Flow having a bit more punch, as Aviation carries 42% ABV to Ebb & Flow’s 47%.
But there’s one other thing. Aviation has a subtlety about it.
Ebb & Flow comes at you with it’s flavor, like a Red Hot Chili Peppers’ concert. It’s loud, bold, playful, and fun.
Aviation doesn’t come at you. It invites you in. It pulls out an Dave Brubeck album, and asks you to listen. If Ebb & Flow Gin is the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a liquor format, Aviation Gin is Thelonious Monk.
And if the goal here is to find the right gin for a Martini, then I’m always going to side with the gin that reminds me of jazz, because a Martini is not anything if not jazz.
This shouldn’t be seen as an indictment of Ebb & Flow. Not at all. When these two gins come face to face, one isn’t of higher quality than another. When these two gins are compared side by side, it all comes down to preference.