Gin is a distilled alcoholic drink that derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. Gin originated as a medicinal liquor made by monks and alchemists across Europe, particularly in southern France, Flanders and the Netherlands, to provide aqua vita from distillates of grapes and grains.
London Dry Gin
This gin originates from England but due to its popularity, it’s now made all over the world. It’s commonly used in Gin and Tonics and the Martini.
What makes it unique? London Dry Gin has strong juniper flavors, which is the berry used for its trademark taste. It’s also jam-packed with fresh citrus notes. This is why a lemon twist really brings out the citrus elements of a Martini. Dry gins are known for not having artificial flavors like sweeteners. It’s a very natural presentation of gin.
Old Tom Gin
Originally known as “bathtub gin” in the 18th Century because it was commonly made in residential homes, this type of gin wasn’t known for its quality for a long time. The quality was terrible, in fact, sweetening agents or licorice were common ingredients used to make it taste better. Currently, it’s nothing like its primordial counterpart.
What makes it unique? There’s a larger amount of licorice used in Old Tom Gin which makes it sweeter than the standard gin. However, the sweetness won’t resemble the exact taste of licorice. It’s more robust in flavor than London Dry Gin and that makes ideal for mixed drinks (especially those with bitter qualities) and cocktails that were created before the Prohibition Era.
This is gin can only be made in Plymouth, England. Unlike its counterpart London Dry Gin, which can be distilled anywhere in the world, Plymouth Gin is incredibly restricted to this southern port city that is located 190 miles from London.
What makes it unique? This version resembles London Dry Gin but it’s drier and has earthier elements. It’s also a bit sweeter with more citrus flavors. This gin typically has seven botanical ingredients: cardamom, coriander seeds, orris root, dried orange peels, juniper, and Angelica root. Both roots provide the earthier notes. The Plymouth gin works well with the Negroni.