Gordon’s vs Beefeater
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.
Gordon’s vs Beefeater: What is Gordon’s Gin?
My Personal Take on Gordon’s vs Beefeater
If you ask me which gin I would like in a gin & tonic, my default response would be Gordon’s gin.
If that were not an option, I would then request for Hendrick’s, especially if I could have cucumber in my G & T.
Although I do find Beefeater an aromatic gin, at 47% alcohol by volume, it is a bit too strong for me.
That 7% difference between Beefeater and Gordon’s is not only one I can taste but also one I can feel quickly, even after one drink, so I definitely prefer Gordon’s vs Beefeater.
Readers Weigh in on Gordon’s 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……….
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!!!
Gordon’s vs Bombay Sapphire
Personally, I have not had good experiences with Bombay Sapphire. I find it bitter, bitter, bitter.
Bombay Sapphire is the one gin that I generally don’t drink.
In my experience, it’s barely palatable. Needless to say, I much prefer Gordon’s over Bombay Sapphire. How about you?
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?”.
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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.
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,
Gordon’s vs Tanqueray
Gordon’s and Tanqueray are both produced by the same company, Diageo. This gins are also both London Dry Gins.
Unlike Gordon’s, the recipe for Tanqueray includes only 4 botanicals, delivering a gin that is juniper-heavy, fresh on the nose, and dry on the palate with juniper and citrus. The highest alcohol by volume option among the gins mentioned in this post, Tanqueray is said to make an excellent gin and tonic.
Personally, I can’t recall ever having drunk Tanqueray–it’s not commonly available where I live–but I will try to get my hands on some soon and share my thoughts. What are your thoughts on Gordon’s vs Tanqueray?
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