I picked up a bottle of Fords Gin at Brisbane Duty Free in Australia when I was leaving on Saturday. Today I had a bit of a tasting. Found that Fords has more of an oily resiny juniper character than the likes of Gordon’s and Beefeater. When I tasted it beside Tanqueray 10 and Tanqueray Export Strength, it didn’t have either the citrus or juniper, but it was more spicy, or sharp in the alcohol. This was interesting and was unsure why.
Next was a G&T with Fords Gin and Fever Tree Tonic. There was still a sharpness from the alcohol. Even when adding lime. Then the next G&T with Fords Gin and Schweppes. BOOM. Fords Gin with Schweppes Tonic was the winner. The extra sweetness balance out the sharpness of the alcohol and made it a magical drink.
This brings me back to the thought of does Tanqueray have sugar or glycerol to add mouth feel to balance the burn of alcohol??
So much to learn. Very interesting to get the right tonic to balance your gin.
FUTURE: Fords Gin works best with Schweppes Tonic.