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Jun 26, 2015

Best Value in Booze: What's the Best Gin under $20?

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There are times to try new things. Times to taste different flavors, experiment with products, seek out something you've never encountered before...

And sometimes, you just want to know what the best option is. The easy choice. The go-to. The everyday variety you know will work when you need it, and rely on every time. 

Now that it's officially summer, let's apply that search to a great bottle of gin. Gin is a particularly diverse spirit. Besides Scotch whisky, I can't think of one that has a broader spectrum of flavors. And different bottles will showcase the distiller's creativity and play better with certain ingredients. But there is one bottle that I recommend for almost any cocktail that calls for London Dry Gin;  the thing I would take to a party or use in a punch or batch drink for a big group.    That London Dry Gin is Beefeater. It not only costs less than $20 (it's $16.20 at my local store) it is one of the better (and most consistently) reviewed bottles out there. It's delicious, providing the flavors you think of when you think gin. 

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For the record, I also think Boodle's, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray are great products. But I think Beefeater has a stronger "gin" flavor that cuts through a variety of mixers. And you  can find it anywhere that sells spirits. 

It Beefeater the best? Certainly not, but it's an amazing value. I wouldn't buy it exclusively, but I will buy it often.  Simple as that. 

 

For more in our Best Value in Booze series, check out these great bottles!

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Jacob on Jun 30, 2015:

Brokers Gin is also fabulous.


QuarterSwede on Jun 27, 2015:

Good to know. Bad gin is undrinkable as it tastes like aftershave smells to me. I've been getting Bombay Sapphire. I'll have to try this lower cost alternative.