Tom e-mails with an idea:
Is it time for Atomizer to raid the petty cash drawer at Fraters Worldwide and rate brands of Gin the way you have rated beer? My local muni claimed that Plymouth would favorably compare to Bombay Sapphire. Having read that Bombay Sapphire was Atomizer's brand of choice, I decided to pick up a bottle. I can't tell you if it compares as I've never had Bombay Sapphire. I like the Plymouth in a Martini, but still prefer Tanqueray for a G&T. I'm not certain what that reveals about me, I just find that a Tanqueray G&T quenches my thirst for G&T better than the Bombay. Considering that an Atomizer post is about as rare as Kate Parry posting on a Star Tribune error in her Sunday column, I won't hold my breath waiting for this to happen.
Not bad. Even better might be a Martini Tasting Night With Atomizer to sample the various top shelf gins with a true expert. If only we knew someone who owned a bar or liquor store to host such an event...
Your commentary is absolutely spot on with regard to Tanqueray. The finest gin and tonic known to man includes a healthy tilt from the iconic green bottle into a highball glass filled with ice coupled with a cool splash of your favorite tonic. A hearty wedge of lime is the crowning touch. Just make sure to give that lime a good squeeze before plopping it into the mix and you've got the king of all cocktails.
Beefeater will suffice for a gin and tonic when you're in a pinch but, and I cannot stress this enough, under no circumstance should you use Bombay Sapphire for a mixed drink. It is a martini gin...period. Pour a splash into your glass, say a quick prayer for the vermouth then enjoy and repeat as necessary.
As for "Martini Tasting Night With Atomizer", I'm here...where are you?
No love for Hendricks? That stuff is dee-lishus!
And Atomizer, I agree that Bombay is not to be used as a G&T gin. Although filling a water glass with ice and then adding gin aint exactly a "martini" either!
What are your thoughts on "Tanqueray 10?"
Who said anything about ice?