The process to me has always seemed to ignore the personalities that truly wonderful spirits demonstrate. The quiet ones that you coax out gently; The complex ones that change completely depending whose company they are in; the strong ones whose base you can build up into something massive.
I was quite interested then, in the recent Ultimate Cocktail Challenge that pitted products against each other in the same drinks. Gins performed in the Aviation, the Extra Dry Martini, G&T, Negroni and Tom Collins. This seems like a much better way to sort things out. I can’t really fault their choice of judges either. A DeGroff, a Meehan, a Wondrich and presumably a Regan taking the photo.
Tanq 10 in the Aviation, and the one I had at Eau De Vie on Friday was rather fine. Their recipe, like mine and the UCC does not include any Violets. Tanq Dry, the Extra Dry. A Plymouth & Tonic if you please. Tanq Dry again in the Negroni and once more with Tom Collins.
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