Review: Broker’s London Dry Gin

You’ll see the hat first: Broker’s Gin has a fun little bit of surprise & delight: A bowler hat affixed to the lid of the bottle, a hat which will certainly someday end up on the head of my daughter’s Ken doll. It is too manly for Barbie.

But Broker’s is hardly a gimmick in search of a semi-drunk buyer looking for kitsch. It’s a solid and enjoyable gin — one of few which is really quite tolerable on its own, and at room temperature at that.

Distilled in England and bottled at a hearty 94 proof (an 80 proof version is also available), Broker’s doesn’t enumerate its botanicals but admits to a total of 10, imported from three continents.

Whatever they’ve done, it works. You get incredible flavors of lemon oil, clover, honey, cardamon, anise,  and hints of licorice, with juniper bringing up the rear. The balance is amazing: No overwhelming evergreen to punch you in the face, just lots of citrus intercut with herbs and spices galore. Pleasantly both sweet and tart, you’ll find zero bite: Broker’s leaves you instead with a lengthy and warming finish. It’s almost impossible to believe this is 94 proof.

At under $20 a bottle it’s one of the best bargains in gin going. And, in case I failed to mention it: They throw in a free bowler hat! Buy now!

A / $19 /

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5 Responses

  1. Edoc June 1, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    This has been my go-to for strong London-style gin for a while. Great price. Packs a lot of flavor, and quite a bit of heat.

  2. Ben June 1, 2011 / 7:32 pm

    Definitely a fantastic gin. I was accumulating the bowler hats for a minute until I realized it was making me look like an alcoholic.

  3. Evelyn June 3, 2011 / 8:20 am

    Broker’s lists their ingredients as the following:

    Spirit distilled from English wheat

    Juniper berries – Bulgaria or Macedonia
    Coriander seed – Bulgaria
    Orris root – Italy
    Nutmeg – India
    Cassia bark – China
    Cinnamon – Madagascar
    Liquorice – Sri Lanka
    Orange peel – Spain
    Lemon peel – Spain
    Angelica root – Belgium or France

  4. Jon C July 1, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    Can’t find this or much info on the internet about where this is available. Any info anyone can share w/ me? I’m in Louisville, Ky. Thanks!

  5. Paulie April 14, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    If you are looking for a perfectly balanced Gin, this is it! And it works with everything, great with tonic, martinis, knickerbockers, gimlets and Tom Collins. When you need to just relax and let the stress of the day melt away, one finger in a glass, neat, sip and close your eyes. Where’s the bottle…

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