I hope to (with some regularity) perform side-by-side comparisons of liquors in various cocktails. I recently did so using Bulleit Rye and Rittenhouse Bottled in Bond Rye in a Manhattan. Having recently purchased my second bottle of Junipero Gin, I decided to compare it to my go-to gin for martinis, Beefeater. When I say Martini I should probably say Gibson since I like garnishing with cocktail onions. Having recently watched North by Northwest again, I can't help but picture myself across from Eve Kendall on a train and ordering one.
"It's a nice face. " Ho-cheee-mama!
Okay, so I made two "gin and vermouths" using one ounce of each gin and 1/8 ounce of Noilly Pratt vermouth (American formula, my last bottle ). Rinsed utensils in between to prevent cross-contamination.
Both were great. With no garnish I'd almost put them even to my pallet. The Junipero had maybe a tad more complexity on the back of my mouth. I ate a oyster cracker or two between tasting them.
I then added a cocktail onion. For whatever reason, the Junipero really responded to the garnish. I haven't a clue as to why, but the difference in taste pretty much justified the difference in price to my mind.
I know it isn't Monday, but I don't think the moderator would have appreciated me naming this post F--- It Up Friday.
Cheers Gentlemen and enjoy your weekend to the fullest,