Date of Review: Sat, 20 Feb 2010
Author: Arthur Lammers
Review: As previously mentioned, Plymouth Gin is in a class of its own, due in my opinion to a sublime smoothness not appreciated in other gins, which is my spirit of choice.
I unfortunately must also comment on the composition of the Vesper Martini, as it happens to be my favourite cocktail and there seems to be some confusion to its composition.
Contrary to the previous posting, it is actually composed primarily of gin, being 3parts gin and 1part vodka, along with the 0.5 part Lillet Blanc. In addition, the garnish is most assuredly NOT an olive, but instead a thin lemon peel; it is shaken and strained. For my own part, I prefer to use Plymouth Gin, a lemon/citrus vodka and a dash of Angostura Bitters (as this has some of the quinine flavouring removed from the Kinet Lillet originally used to make the cocktail) in place of the Lillet Blanc with a large lemon peel.
Try it out and enjoy, like I said my favourite!
Date of Review: Mon, 23 Nov 2009
Author: Matthew Long
Review: Unfortunately as a result of my inability to let go of small details I feel I must clarify some of the points which Glen below me has stated.
Indeed he is correct in indicating that the 'Classic' Dry Martini may be served with Fee Brothers Orange Bitters. This is an ingredient which featured in the Martinez - the Martini being the 'de-evolution' of this drink. As well I fully agree that the 'Classic' Dry Martini must be made with gin and stirred to an almost Holy number, consequently a shaken 'Classic' Dry Martini becomes an almost entirely different drink as it suffers a far greater level of dilution as well as being aerated. As a result the drink both looks and taste different, ergo it becomes a Bradford.
However the Vodka Martini or 'Vodkatini' is not the 'Classic' Dry Martini and therefore it is not incorrect for it to be requested shaken. This in fact is often considered to be the classic serve for the Vodka Martini as the cloudyness and the greater dilution produces a more popular taste (I have found). With reference to the Vesper this incidently is the original James Bond Martini not the often re-produced line 'Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred'. The Vesper is made with 2 parts vodka 1 part gin and half a part Lillet Blanc and then shaken, double strained and served with an olive.
Oh by the way I love Plymouth Gin. I used to enjoy Tanqueray 10 but a friend of mine who worked in Plymouth bars recommended it to me and I loved it. I just wish I could still get a hold of their Navy strength version.
Date of Review: Mon, 17 Aug 2009
Author: Am Locks
Review: Exceptional Gin, I don't imbibe a great quantity of spirits at home but the Plymouth runs out many times more than anything else. Only the '24' can match this. No need to mix this smooth sensation at all.
Date of Review: Sun, 17 Feb 2008
Author: S Griffiths
Review: Plymouth Gin is simply sublime. Undoubtedly he best gin in the world, and certainly worthy of the ever increasing number of countries to which it is exported. One of only three alcoholic beverages to have Protected Geographical Indication under EU law (alongside Champagne and Cognac). Wonderful taste, smooth and refined.
Date of Review: Mon, 27 Jun 2005
Author: E Kean
Review: This is the smoothest gin I have ever had the pleasure to drink. It's a must for all serious gin drinkers!
Date of Review: Mon, 14 Mar 2005
Author: Glen Newton
Review: Plymouth gin is distilled in the oldest working gin distilery in the UK, however, it is not the original copper pots. They were changed once. It is also the best premium gin avalible and one of few that actually sell their gin in clear bottles. Plymouth gin can guarantee consistency due to the quality and quantity of the botanicles recieved. In the Savoy cocktail book, the oldest cocktail book availible, it states, Plymouth gin and Fee Brothers orange bitters were the orgional ingredients to the famous martini. If a martini is shaken it then became a Bradford, meaning that when James Bond says in the James Bond series, 'Vodka martini shaken not stirred,' it is incorrect, because it would be a Bradford, also a contemporary martini, made with gin, not vodka. If however, it is made with vodka it is called a vesper martini only if its stirred. Have fun mixoligist and enjoy this product.