Original London Dry

2 weeks ago some swine, some low, creeping snake, some gutter dwelling rotter crept into my flat and stole my laptop. My beautiful, lovely laptop all covered in flour and butter and with its keys all stuck down with jam. S/he ran off with it and left me bereft, heartbroken, alone. The utter bastard.

In such circumstances there are only two possible courses of action. The first is to attach a cape to some underused Lycra gymwear, fashion a mask out of a pillowcase and stalk the streets of London, determined to track down the evil perpetrator and bring them to justice.

I didn’t do this. I followed the other path open to me: take to drink.

The drink I chose was Waitrose Original London Dry Gin. I had a new laptop to buy, so premium brands were out of the question, but dammit I would not have my standards compromised by criminals. If it was going to be own brand, it would be Waitrose own brand – and their slightly posher own brand, too.

Day or night gin? I’d suffered a trauma, so I was never going to buy anything below 40%. Theoretically, this makes it a night gin, unless you’ve been burglarised, in which case you can pour it on your Cornflakes because you’ve suffered a shock and need to steady your nerves.

How does it smell? Ah, fishy nail polish remover. How good it is to have you back in my glass, burning the hair out of my nostrils and bringing comfort to my world-weary heart. The first scent to actually waft out of the bottle is citrus and then it’s all icebergs, chill Arctic winds and Copydex.

How does it taste? This is a sweet gin that blooms with a caressing, gentle warmth. The bottle boasts that there are “no less than nine botanicals” in it and the first flavour to hit my tastebuds is orange. Candied and Christmassy, it’s the benign precursor to a flourish of spices that includes plenty of juniper and, I think, liquorice. Quite the winter gin, I think it’d be a great basis for a gin hot toddy.

Buy it? £15.49 for 1 litre, it’s good value for a quality every day gin. Its smooth, rounded flavour would just about survive a gin and tonic, although it’d make a fairly dull martini. Served neat over ice with a strip or 2 of orange zest, it’d be a good winter warmer sipped by a fireside.

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15 Responses to Gin tasting: Waitrose Original London Dry Gin

  1. ed h-b says:

    Sounds like crisis gin! Have you checked out Sam Sipsmiths in Soho who’ve been granted the first distilling licence in 200 years? No wonder this country is used to poisoning itself on a regular state controlled basis! Also checkout my friends at http://www.distilnation.com as they know where to get the elixir 🙂 x

  2. SN 2 says:

    You have gin issues! I know a good substance misuse worker!

  3. ed h-b says:

    Sorry that should be http://www.distillnation.com ! If you link back to them I’m sure they’d do the same, lovely people.

  4. Brad says:

    £15.49 for a whole litre? Interesting…

    I actually quite like Bombay Sapphire in an (extra extra dry) martini and that’s not particularly robust; do you think that I might find this to be a passable martini gin? I’m currently out of gin and am in the market for a new bottle.

    Sorry to hear about your laptop. I totally would have taken to drink too.

  5. Merinne says:

    Sorry to hear about your laptop – how unspeakably vile 🙁

    To cheer you up, a thing a friend of mine whipped out at a dinner party the other week that thrilled me to my core: Lemon Meringue Muffins. Apparently, you just make a standard cupcake, half cook it, scoop out the middle, fill hole with lemon curd, top with meringue and finish baking – mini lemon meringue pies that burst and ooze hot lemon curd all down your face when you bite them. This may be old hat to you, but it was new to me and I believe would cheer anyone up. Cheap Waitrose gin is certainly one solution, but muffins are more socially acceptable 😛

  6. Helen says:

    I do love your gin reviews. Very sorry again to hear you got burglarised. What a bunch of c***s.

  7. ginandcrumpets says:

    @Ed H-B I know Sipsmith all to well. My gin of choice for martinis (prefer Sacred for gin and tonics).

    @SN2 Cheeky!

    @Brad Bombay Sapphire is actually a good comparison – the Waitrose gin is quite like it. I think it”d make quite a soft, sweet, smooth martini. I prefer mine a bit dried (hence the Sipsmith), but if you like Bombay in a martini then you’ll probably like this too.

    @msMarmitelover Thanks.

    @Merinne lemon meringue muffins sound incredible. Lemon meringue pie is one of my favourite desserts and to add muffiny cake to that mix – sheer genius. I love it!

    @Helen They definitely were. Grrrr.

  8. We used this to make Sloe Gin,worked quite well.

  9. […] 400g sloes, frozen 160g caster sugar 1 star anise 15 peppercorns A strip of dried orange zest (as much pith removed as possible) 750ml fairly neutral gin (I used the Waitrose Original Dry London Gin) […]

  10. Maya says:

    Sloe Gin eh sounds rather tasty we are always up for trying out new creations … How did it turn out?

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      The sloe gin will be out to the test at the end of March. It’s still maturing, but I’m certain it’s a winner.

  11. Angie says:

    It’s burgled not burglarised which is ugly american English. Using americanisms only serves to devalue your comments. Otherwise I would agree with your appraisal of the gin.

    • ginandcrumpets says:

      I like burglarised. It sounds more exciting than dull, plodding burgled. It sounds like it really would go to some effort to break into your house and steal things, and for that I salute it and use it.

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