Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin

Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin is a newly released 37,5 % ABV ecological Swedish gin, available in a recyclable 70 cl PET bottle with rather nifty artwork. Since sailors are known for travelling the seven seas, the gin is infused with seven botanicals - juniper, coriander, lemon peel, seville orange peel, angelica root, liquorice root and orris root - as well as one secret ingredient.

Together with a friend, I tried it on its own and in a few classic gin cocktails, and these are the results.

Neat
Nose: Juniper, coriander, and lots of citrus. Mouth: Subdued and easy on the palate, dominated by citrus followed by juniper and some bitterness from the botanicals - can't figure out the secret ingredient, though. The low alcohol content makes it rather pleasant with a mild burn.

Negroni

Negroni
40 ml gin, 40 ml Martini Bianco, 40 ml Campari, stirred and served on the rocks.
It's a good tasting drink, but the gin is much too gentle to shine through.

Dirty Sailor

Dirty Sailor
50 ml gin, 10 ml Noilly Prat Dry, 5 ml olive brine, stirred, garnished with an olive and finished with a pinch of sea salt.
Their signature drink, a twist on the Dirty Martini. Too salty for me, but at least you can taste the gin.

Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic
40 ml gin, 120 ml Schweppes Tonic Water, built on ice, garnished with lemon wedge.
We wanted to try the Gin & Tonic with the most commonly available tonic water. Schweppes is kind of sweet, and it totally kills the gin - almost like drinking lemonade.

Gimlet
Gimlet
60 ml gin, 15 ml lime juice, 15 ml lemon juice, 30 ml simple syrup, shaken and served on the rocks and garnished with a lime wedge.
Once again, it's not a bad drink, but the taste of gin is nowhere to be found.

Verdict
This gin actually had a nice and smooth taste on its own, but disappeared in the classic drinks we tried. It's nice to see more and more organic alternatives on the market, but I think it's obvious that Good ol' Sailor isn't aimed at an experienced target group. Anyway, it's probably a great gin to start with for people who are tired of vodka and wants to try something different.

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