Monday, 3 December 2007

Gin Heaven


A light 4 bottle supper at friends last night before choir practice. There was a big shout for grappa to accompany the coffee and along with three different grappas, Luciano pulled this museum piece out of his spirits cabinet. Bloody hell, I spluttered, how old is that? Well, he said, I think that's probably from the 1970s. I poured myself a decent belt and the fragrance was astonishing, all delicate violets and roses. It tasted wonderful. I mean, can gin mature? Blowed if I know. I tried to ask Diageo, the owners of Tanqueray, but you get a message from their Customer Center (sic) in Pigsknuckle, Arkansas saying have a nice day you Limey drunk.

8 comments:

Toby Savage said...

I like gin, but I like Jenlain French 'Amber' beer better. Just half way through a 75 cl (No pissing about with .5 litre with M. Jenlain) and have to say feeling very good for it. Maybe you've not sampled Jenlain Ron, but it's on a par with Pedi. Dare I say it, perhaps better! Imagine a cross between Pedi and Carlsberg Special Brew. It comes with a cork, cork, held in like a Champagne cork... cork.

Diplomat said...

whoops - i think i can sse where this going - by the way X reference Special Brew at Sweat, Steam etc (Questi giorno...)

Peter Ashley said...

I've just discovered, and I hope there is some agreement here, that gin actually tastes rather good without tonic.Decent gin, obviously. Has anyone got stuck into Hendricks at all?

Justin Savage said...

Well, yes; but didn't he die in his own sick? For myself, as your London correspondent, I can vouch for the effectiveness of a large Bombay Sapphire, a tiny can of Tesco's Indian Tonic Water (they'd sold out of Schweppes) with a squeezed chunk of a fresh lime from the shop downstairs. Neat gin's all well and good, m'lord Ashley, but after a bracing swim the bubbles in the Tonic get it working faster. Not that I drink it every night of course. One thing: we hear very little of the lovely Mrs Combo when Ron deigns to blog. I do hope she's well.

Diplomat said...

If you like your Gin straight up, Navy fashion, or even with a rub of Bitters then it really needs to be Plymouth, fantastic flavour. If you really must use Indian Tonic Water then absolutely no more than 50/50.

Ron Combo said...

I think I need a stiff gin after reading Savage the Explorer's comment that the french stuff he was swilling was better then Peddy. And if I have one it will be Plymouth, of course. Spot on Diplomat!

Peter Ashley said...

Plymouth Gin is made from water that has percolated down from Dartmoor.

Diplomat said...

Talking of Hendrix - recommend next week's Sorry I Haven't a Clue featuring Jack Dee singing Purple Haze to the tune of ... Brahms Lullaby.