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Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin

Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin, Trader Magnus

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.

Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin, Trader Magnus
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.

Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin, Trader Magnus
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.

Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin, Trader Magnus
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.

Review: Good ol’ Sailor Organic London Dry Gin, Trader Magnus
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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