There are so many types of gin, you could be forgiven for not having tried them all. But what makes gin such a versatile mixer in the cocktail world comes down to its compatibility with so many other flavours and aromas. It’s the ideal match for most flavours, and with some experimentation, you can find the perfect way to drink your gin. Let’s have a look at the different types you can choose between.
The basic gin requirement, as most people know, is that it originates from alcohol that’s flavoured with juniper. Some brands of gin are specifically designed around a strong focus on this specific juniper flavour, although a range of other botanical ingredients may be added too. London Dry Gin, for example, Bimber London Dry Gin, is loaded with the juniper taste. This is set nicely against spice, cassia and pink peppercorn, as well as some citrus flavours. It’s a classic gin type and is considered the best quality gin available because of the instance on the purity of its natural ingredients. It also has a maximum of only 1 per cent of sugar per litre. Despite the name, this isn’t about the location at all - London Gin can be made anywhere you like as long as it meets the other criteria. Conker gin is one example of a London gin, along with Copperfield.
Every different type of gin offers a different drinking experience. The mixer you choose will have its own impact. Gin drinking, when you get a feel for what’s available and what flavours you love, is nothing like as ordinary as it sounds. Gin can be diverse and exciting. How about Plymouth Gin, which, this time as the name suggests, does originate in Plymouth. Plymouth Gin is somewhat drier than the London variety, due to a number of additional root ingredients such as coriander, cardamom and orris root that tone down the juniper.
Which is the most expensive type of gin? What’s called Distilled Gin, or one-shot gin takes a lot of work, but as well as being the most pricey it’s also highly traditional. It’s similar to London gin, but it’s only after the distillation process that the additional flavours added. Cucumber and rose petal is a popular and distinct flavour match you should definitely try sometime.
So, which type of gin will you like the best? That really depends. The price tag isn’t always going to dictate the one you’re going to be drawn to. After all, market forces can mean that supermarket gins are particularly cheap even though their quality is excellent, whereas some rarer gins that cost the earth might not be worth the extra money in terms of taste. Try a local gin and see what you think. Different regions have easy access to different products, which explains the extensive citrus options in Asia compared with Europe. But if your local bar doesn’t stock a wide enough range to satisfy your curiosity, you’ll find there are numeral gin festivals, gin fairs and gin tours you can take to expand your repertoire.