Here’s another 2017 round of the gin battles, making this Round 8 to date. We have the previous, newly crowned champ Fords versus the beautifully bottled Bloom.
[CHAMPION from Round 7, winning out over Pink 47]
1) Ford’s Gin London Dry – 45% ABV – 750ml., The 86 Co. (England), $43.70 CAD, Jan 2017 – BC Liquor Stores
- distilled by 8th gen Master distiller Charles Maxwell and Simon Ford of The 86 Co.
- 9 botanicals: Italian juniper, Romanian coriander seed, Spanish lemon peel, Haitian/Moroccan bitter orange peel, Turkish grapefruit peel, Chinese jasmine, Italian/Moroccan orris powder, Polish angelica, Indonesian cassia
- botanicals steeped for 15 hours, cooked for 5 hours
2) Bloom Premium London Dry Gin – 40% ABV – 750ml., G&J Greenall (England), $53 CAD, sometime in 2015-16 – BC Liquor Stores
- 29 international awards since 2008 (bloomgin.com)
- created by one of world’s few female master gin distiller, Joanne Moore
- includes juniper berries from Tuscany, chamomile from France, honeysuckle and pomelo from China
- affinity for strawberry, rose, lemon, and pear when creating cocktails
- quality wood top-authentic cork stopper (as opposed to being a cheap aluminum screw top cap)
Nose: Ford exhibits a mostly clean grassy-mineral juniper body with hints of its unique ingredient jasmine, with a bit of alcohol detection at the deep backend. Bloom… what?? had to do a double take; Extremely different with a chamomile-honeysuckle-soft pomelo identity, whilst being very clean from start to finish. It’s a close one but I prefer the brightness of Bloom. Bloom takes it.
Taste & Texture: Ford comes out swinging with an aggressive tangy alcoholic medium harshness, thicker oily viscosity, cinnamon-juniper-jasmine, prickly numbing tongue, menthol throat warmth finish. Blooms is less thick than its competitor, floral-honeysuckle and chamomile up front, light-medium alcohol burn mixed with pomelo citrus while juniper kicks in at the late mids until the finish. Very mild throat burn and a rather clean but unfortunately short finish. There’s about a medium level of depth of flavour for Bloom but the duration of flavour seems too short. I definitely enjoy the flavour, but Ford is simply a more robust gin. Ford gots it.
- Ford has a +body, +length, +depth, but unfortunately -smoothness and +burn = will work better in a cocktail with many ingredients
- Bloom has a unique floral-citrus flavour profile but a weaker body = suitable in a cocktail with few ingredients
- I would stock both, as both are delicious
but if I had to pick a winner to go to the next round, WINNER = Fords Gin