Tesco gin

Today I bought four litres of Tesco Classic London Dry Gin. This was ostensibly to turn into sloe gin, but I only needed three litres in the end, so I have some spare.

Time to try and judge it.

Tesco Gin

Tesco Gin

There are no botanicals listed on the bottle and the only hint is “a well balanced gin with subtle notes of juniper, citrus and warm spice”. One can only assume it contains all the basics of gin and little else.

This gin is almost certainly distilled by G&J Greenall. It claims to be a London Dry Gin, which by law at least guarantees certain standards and Greenall is a reputable distillery.

Anyway, the gin smells of gin. There is little else but the basics of gin, no citrus and no spice; this is a pattern that asserts itself throughout the drinking experience.

Drank neat, the Tesco gin isn’t that smooth, but certainly beats the Beefeater 24 on this front. It has a middling juniper load and doesn’t really have any subtlety beyond spirit and juniper. It pretty-much tastes like it smells.

With Schweppes tonic water it forms an uninspiring G&T. There is no real depth of flavour in the attack or the after-taste. Saying that, it ticks the “I am drinking G&T” box, much like Gordon’s gin does; in fact, I would say it even beats Gordons.

To be honest, this gin epitomises Tesco labelled products. It is of a basic standard of quality but doesn’t deliver anything special, but it is good enough for most needs. It would make a good house gin and at just under £12.50 per litre, it is good value.

It will likely make a decent sloe gin and will make a great base for other infusions. Take a bottle of Tesco gin and infuse your own botanicals to make your own bathtub gin.

Update – 24/10/2010

I am not convinced that this is a particularly clean spirit; each time I have consumed his gin in any volume, I have had a mild hangover the following morning. At first I wrote this off as developing man-flu, but after several (non-consecutive) evenings on the Tesco gin, the correlation is becoming harder to ignore. This is the first gin I have tried that has this sort of effect on me – gin usually leaves me hangover free.


6 thoughts on “Tesco gin

  • January 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Is this the Tesco’s finest “Distiller’s Selection” Gin? If so I quite like it, and it seems quite good in terms of value for money. I think I ended up using the rest of mine in apple Gin though. :-s

  • January 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Nothing that good unfortunately. It was this stuff: http://bit.ly/hji4CN
    I was looking for cheap – add sugar and sloes and you lose a lot of the noticeable benefits of a better gin.

  • September 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I wasn’t impressed with Tesco’s gin either. As you say, it’s OK, but really nothing special. The best thing I can say about it is it’s not as bad as Lidl’s Dry Gin (a vile hangover-mongering gin to serve your enemies) or as artificial-tasting as Aldi’s normal gin (never tried their 1559 one).

    If you want a cheap substitute for Gordons, Asda’s own-brand gin tastes nicer than Tesco to me and doesn’t leave a hangover in its wake. It claims to be triple distilled. I always assumed that own-brand items in Tesco and Adsa would be the same stuff, especially stuff like Gin which doesn’t come from many sources, but they’re different. It’s the same price as Tesco.

    Asda’s gin used to come in a compact green bottle, clearly modelled on Gordons, but recently changed to the more traditional upright clear bottles, which make it look cheap if you ask me.

    Never goes on special offer though, so occasionally (though not as often as a year or two ago) you can get a litre of Gordons for only 90p more.

    • September 15, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      I don’t have an ASDA within easy reach of me, but if I do ever find myself in one, I will be sure to pick up a bottle.

  • January 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Interesting that Tesco do not mention distiller on their label, but Sainsbury do. The latter clearly state that Greenhalls make their gin. I suspect, as others, that Tesco’s is the same, though somehow I seem to think the Sainsbury one tastes better! Odd.
    Haven’t tried the Asda one, but will soon.
    Also, like others, I find that the Tesco one leaves a bit of a hangover. Or is that just the quantity!!!???

  • March 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I have to agree – nasty stuff – seems to have been discontinued. Current Finest Gin made by the same people who make Greenalls – better, but still seriously rough around the edges with a nasty ‘acid’ after-bite. Can’t beat Plymouth Gin for a smooth, refreshing and reliable gin – good with tonic (preferably Fevertree), Dolin vermouth or – as my ex-Naval officer mother used to serve it – as a pink gin with a dash of bitters. Just a pity that the new brand owners decided it was a ’boutique’ gin, put it in a new bottle and jacked the price up by 40%!! And if you want to really taste gin…. Plymouth Navy Strength at 100proof will put hairs on your chest – then blow them off!!


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