OWN-BRAND gin from Tesco and Asda have been named as the best in the UK , according to a blind taste test by Good Housekeeping magazine.
The judges loved the red berry flavour and fruity aroma of Tesco’s Limehouse Pink gin, which costs £17 a bottle.
They also enjoyed Asda’s Extra Special Premium Pink gin, £16, because of its blend of forest fruit flavours and slashes of vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and mint.
While posh Spanish Gin Mare, which is sold in Waitrose and costs £31.50 a bottle, won the overall prize for the best gin.
Tasters said it combines a savour flavour with botanical hints of rosemary, thyme, olive and basil.
Gins were split into six categories – dry, pink, sloe, quirky, supermarket and liqueur.
A panel of consumers and experts, including spirit tutors from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, tasted the gins.
They drank each tipple neat and then diluted it with water to prevent impairing the taste.
For gin fans on a budget, Lidl’s pomegranate and rose gin won best flavoured liqueur – and it only costs £9.99 a bottle.
Sainsbury’s Drury 173 Craft Gin won best supermarket bottle, while Tanqueray’s Flor de Sevilla won best quirky flavour.
The sloe gin award was given to outsider Mother’s Ruin – which costs £27.50 a bottle and is available from mothersruin.net.
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In the last ten years sales of gin – affectionately known as Mother’s Ruin – have tripled.
Drinkers spent £461million on gin last year, up by 32.5 per cent on the year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The rise in popularity has meant thousands of different flavours have been created, including Hubba Bubba and even a glittery pink unicorn gin that tastes of marshmallows.
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