Gordon’s Gin vs Beefeater
Beefeater is a brand of gin owned by Pernod Ricard and bottled and distributed in the United Kingdom, by the company of James Burrough.
It is 47% alcohol by volume (94 proof) in the US and 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof) elsewhere in the world (including the UK).
The gin’s name refers to the Yeomen Warders, commonly known as the Beefeaters, who are the ceremonial guards of the Tower of London.
According to the Beefeater website, Beefeater London Dry Gin has “big juniper character and strong citrus notes”. It contains nine different botanicals: juniper, angelica root, angelica seeds, coriander seeds, liquorice, almonds, orris root, seville oranges, and lemon peel.
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Gordon’s vs Beefeater: What is Gordon’s Gin?
Gordon’s gin is the only gin to display the royal coat of arms on its bottle, by appointment of Her Majesty the Queen of England.
Readers Weigh in on Gordon’s Gin vs Beefeater
Matthew D. Erulkar, a reader, had this to say about the two gins:
VaSlim, another reader, had this to say:
Hey, without question; different gins for the two very…different drinks……….
1. Gilbey’s for a martini if you can’t afford Beefeater,
But Gordon’s is one gin that can do both!!! Besides, if it was good enough for 007 (although it was 94 proof in the day vs. the present 80), surely it is good enough for us mere mortals!!!
And now, on to the original reason I wrote this post…
Poured over a lot of ice, a cool gin and tonic went down smooth with just the right amount of fizz and caused me little trouble the following morning, what with gin being a white spirit (as they say: the darker the spirit, the worse the hangover).
The question was: “What gin would you like, Gilbey’s or Gordon’s?”.
A Delightful Gin & Tonic in Arusha
I love the warm midday sun on this terrace, with the beautiful blue of the swimming pool not far away.
The people on the terrace always seem particularly jovial, possibly because the majority of them are on holiday.
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Whatever the case, this joyful mood is always contagious for me. Being at The Impala Hotel terrace instantly puts me in a happy mood.
When my drink finally arrived, I took a sip while letting the pleasure of my surroundings soak in.
Wow! My drink tasted unusually good.
I sipped and sipped and sipped, thinking that maybe, my drink tasted so good because I was in such a happy place.
Not one to leave a mystery unexplored, I decided to find out more from the bartender.
Inquiring About My Gin and Tonic
The difference, I concluded, must have come from using Gordon’s Gin instead of Gilbey’s Gin.
Testing My Hypothesis
When I finally got to Nairobi, I put my hypothesis to the test.
I quickly became a convert.
For me, if you ask me whether I prefer Gilbey’s Gin or Gordon’s Gin, my answer is clear: it’s definitely Gordon’s Gin.
I like to say it has a “rounder” taste perhaps by which I mean it has a more complex, symphony of flavors (as opposed to being flat and one-dimensional), but that’s just me.
After all, taste is a highly personal thing.
Now Your Turn: Do You Prefer Gilbey’s Gin or Gordon’s Gin?
If asked Gilbey’s Gin or Gordon’s Gin, what is your response, and why? Please let me know in a comment below.
I look forward to hearing what you have to say.
Also, please weigh in on the Gordon’s vs Beefeater debate. I look forward to reading your responses.
Until the next time,
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