Book Review: 101 Gins To Try Before You Die

Book Review: 101 Gins To Try Before You Die

Honestly, I don’t think there are 101 gins you need to try before you die. I would be surprised if there were 20.

Ian Buxton makes a case for the former, however, in his slim, straightforward book — which was recently revised and updated, and it’s easy to get sucked in. The usual suspects are here — Beefeater, Tanqueray (Ten, not the standard expression), Gordon’s, and Hendrick’s — but so are some thoughtful, unusual choices —  Elephant, Rock Rose, and Ungava, for example.

But the book is best of all is when Buxton writes about gins I’ve never heard of. Sharish Blue Magic? Jawbox? Diplome? Shed 1 Cuckold’s Revenge? Some of these sound quite interesting, for sure.

Buxton writes with breezy authority — though often with more breeze than authority — about each of the 101 gins, with each pick filling a two-page spread. Picture and specs on the left, page-long writeup on the right. It’s just enough text to read while you’re sipping a martini made with the gin you just bought because Buxton recommended it, and the pint-sized book fits well on the bartop for guests to peruse while you’re doing their bidding.


101 Gins To Try Before You Die




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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