Friday, March 16, 2012
But when I teased some ounces into my shaker and made my first martini, I realized we indeed had a superior gin on our hands!
On the key juniper-sugar axis that defines nine-tenths of the gin experience, Broker's is low both. Its juniper is faint and its sugar is nonexistent. It may have a dozen botanicals but none are especially noteworthy. In short, this is very fresh, very pure gin, a kind of gin-maker's gin, in which flavor doesn't beat you over the head but nonetheless announces itself as gin, very definitely so.
So I like Broker's. It is flavored well by whatever you flavor it with--tonic, or bitters (I like pink gins) and it's the perfect weapons-grade base for a French 75. I haven't been as pleased by a new gin since my first Junipero. I look forward to a lifelong relationship, in which it joins the shelf with Junipero, Beefeater, and Plymouth. Good on ye, lads!