How We Work
First of all, I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read my articles. Because I regularly get questions about my working method, I am happy to provide a word of explanation here.
Firstly, I would like to make it clear that "Gin Ur Way" is completely independent and 100% a private initiative. I am by no means influenced by importers or producers! All my tasting notes and recipes are made entirely by myself and are of course my personal taste. If you taste other things it is not at all wrong, on the contrary, tastes are also subjective to some extent, but so are wine and whisky guides, of course. My goal and task is just to make it a bit easier for you to serve balanced gin & tonics.
I always try to start from the point of view of gin because gin is still the most important ingredient in a gin & tonic in my opinion, otherwise we would speak of tonic & gin.
I'm also often asked where I get all my bottles from. Simple: 90% of them I just buy in the shop! I do this in order to remain independent! That's my method, I don't want to abandon it, I absolutely want to be able to continue to give my own honest opinion.
I always make my tasting notes "blind", which means that I never look up in advance which botanicals the producer has used in his recipe and I never read reviews in advance. Each tasting note is checked three to four times and each gin is tasted again. Our tasting session starts every Monday at 9 a.m. after I take my daughter to school. Perhaps now many readers are frowning their brows: "at 9 a.m.?" - "Yes, they do! It is very important to make a tasting note with a pure taste and smell and when is our taste and smell the purest?" - "Right, yes! In the morning after brushing your teeth and on a sober stomach!" This touch note is of course the basis on which we work further. We retry at least twice at different hours and days in the following week.
If one of the later tasting notes gives a different result, we re-taste the gin the next Monday at 9 o'clock. After making the last tasting note, we give the gin its first score on 50 and try to determine tonics and trimmings that we can possibly use in our perfect serve. All this, of course, based on our experience.
After that we will try out all the tonics and make our choice. Of course we will not do this with full gin & tonics but on the basis of small portions of 1 cl gin and 3 cl tonic, first without any trimmings whatsoever. We only test the trimmings after we have fully determined our tonic(s).
Once our perfect serve is completely finished, it will get a score of 50, the two scores will be added together.
Between 60 and 69 on 100 stands for:
OK, this is a gin, but nothing more.
Between 70 and 79 on 100 stands for:
It is already a little bit better, but still not good enough to be featured in my gin cabinet.
Between 80 and 85 on 100 stands for:
Now we are getting there, but I am still not fully convinced. A doubtful case.
Between 85 and 89 on 100 stands for:
Alright! This one makes me happy. I would certainly dare to buy this one. Could take a position in the Top 100.
Between 90 and 95 stands for:
Yes! Give me an entire case! Totally my thing, a real banger! Could take a position in the Top 50.
Between 96 and 100 stands for:
Only met six times in the 500 different gins I have already tasted.
96/100: Tarquin’s Dry Gin The Nomadic Limited Edition (among others).