If it has 47 different herbs, it's not 'Gin'. It's a distilled grain beverage. You might as well call it 'Vodka'. ((Don't drink the stuff outside in a bloody mary, which being a vodka hater I often make with gin.))
Gin is double distilled grain alcohol with juniper essence. That's it.
Not quite, there are other herbs, all sorts of stuff coriander, """citrus peel, cinnamon, almond or liquorice, with neutral grain alcohol. Making gin is like flavoring vodka, except that botanicals are always natural.in normal Gins."""
Yep, Gin Flavored Vodka is the best Vodka.....at least they put something in gin. Or so it was.
My god I'm so out of it, back in the day....the only flavored vodka I knew was the Polish stuff with buffalo grass. Or adding fresh ground pepper to it...............well thinking real far back, there were some girly flavored vodka.....that I of course ignored as I should.
Monkey 47 of course has juniper berry. At E45 a bottle, I did have to look it up, ponder, read a second and third year how grand it was............a German Gin third to fifth best gin in the whole world!!!!!.....now lots of them German gins, good ones are being made everywhere. It is odd to think to someone of my generation to think of snifter glass gins.
Even in Iceland, where they age it for six months in an oak barrel. Vor gin; you have to look it up, even got some sort of Arctic moss....but that's not on the bottle and I'm too lazy to look it up for you. The aging takes it more in the direction of scotch. It too won't do for a martini.
Dutch Genever gin, the original; comes in a clay bottle,....where Dutch got their courage, being a bit sweet, is only good for straight; (IMO cold) and if you have a real steady hand you can pour a shot in a shot-glass, so the gin is convex over the rim of the shot glass. I was in Brussels at the Grand Place square, the first time I ran into that over the top of the rim pouring......my hand was steady enough to lift it to my lip.