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Gin Haters: Right Will Prove You Wrong

Gin can be a polarizing spirit. With the exception of a few gin and tonics, I've always avoided it; however, a bunch of new gins on the market have converted me into a gin lover. One such gin, Right gin, is my current favorite.

Recently, I was invited to a seminar hosted at the brand's loft, here in San Francisco. The event was put on by Nirvino, the awesome social-drinking website that let's you rate cocktails and wine, and led by bad-boy bartender Josh Harris of 15 Romolo. Harris discussed the essentials to building a home bar and walked us through a blind gin-tasting.


The set up.

Three different unidentified gins.

The bottle

Mint waiting to be muddled.

Bartender Josh Harris' collection of strainers, muddlers, and bar tools.

To find out more about the tasting and check out all my images from the event, keep reading.

Basically, there are three types of gin: the most common London-dry style (Beefeater, Bombay), the floral style (Hendricks), and the newer Western-style gins (Right, Bluecoat). To illustrate the drastic differences, Harris had us sip from glasses filled with the three styles. The first was difficult to swallow and gag-inducing. The second was smooth and aromatic. With its crisp cleanliness, the third tasted suspiciously like vodka! Wrong, it was actually Right. Right was created by partners who didn't like gin. While it has all the typical ingredients of gin, it lacks the sharp bite found in dryer gins, and is exceptionally easy to drink. I plan on getting a bottle of Right to experiment with at home.

Have you tried Right gin? How do you feel about gin in general?


The set up.

Three different unidentified gins.

The bottle

Mint waiting to be muddled.

Bartender Josh Harris' collection of strainers, muddlers, and bar tools.

Right gin's label

Nirvino's live feed from the party.

Bartenders from Dosa making cocktails.

Josh talks about what type of shaker is good to have at home.

Josh captivates the crowd!

Gin

At the event, Nirvino users were invited to rate the gin with their mobile devices.

The gin

Gin!

The first cocktail featured basil and egg whites.

The second cocktail used a fresh strawberry puree.
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Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
decent* sorry.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
I'm not a gin drinker and we got a bottle of gin as a housewarming gift, but can't return it :\ Other than mixing with Sprite are there any other deent ways to drink gin, without having to buy more mixers?
busybeegal busybeegal 7 years
My typical gin is Tanqueray - but I get Hendricks for the ultimate treat. :) The smell of gin makes my mouth water, I would wear it as perfume if I could.
SeptemberLights SeptemberLights 7 years
Yes Gin should NOT taste like Vodka! Ever. I will take Hendricks any day of the week...
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
I love gin and I don't want my gin tasting like vodka.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
An old friend of mine's husband is the founder of Nirvino! How fun that it popped up here! Also, to keep this on topic, I hate gin. I think it tastes like bug spray.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
If "Right" doesn't prove you wrong, *I* will. I'm actually not a fan of the Western style gins that are hopped up on huge numbers of aromatics and weird punchy flavors. I'm the same with beer - balance is key. So I love classic Bombay and Tanqueray. Sapphire and Tanq Ten are just a little too assertive for my liking.
mswender mswender 7 years
We love Hendricks in my house!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
The only gin I like is Bombay Sapphire. I could drink that straight!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
Now gin is really "Right" up my alley but I prefer the juniper berries in Tanqueray!
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
I've only had Plymouth gin, which I usually drink combined with sprite. I think I'll give this a try too.
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