I thought I'd start a thread to kick-off discussion of gin. I recall back in 1970s UK the gin available seemed to be limited to Gordon's, Gilbeys, one other 'household name' which I don't recall now, and then occasionary Tanqueray which I recall as pretty exotic/luxe. I also recall my parents having very large bottles of Gordon's with built in handles for carrying/pouring! I recall Gordon's being perhaps the most popular with it's slogan 'The heart of a good cocktail'. Then come perhaps the 90s many brands were reducing the %ABVs, to incur lower duty, and compete with budget brands. Contrary to their slogan Gordon's was no longer cocktail-strength (I wonder, 40%? 42%? ?%). From then my parents started buying Beefeater, which was the last major brand that had been weakened%. That has something of a parallel with what happened to beer. The sector being industrialised and neutered leaving look-alikes such as Long Life, Skol, Double Diamond and so on. But as with beer gin has had a revival. Opening a commercial gin distiller might be harder than a craft beer brewery, but the new varieties and return to trad/quality is fascinating. I seem to read about a new variety almost weekly. One of the earliest was Plymouth Gin (Navy Strength) at a whopping 57%. That sounds more like the potential heart of a good cocktail to me! Then Bombay Sapphire... until now when the range and varieties is dazzling. I'm something of a traditionalist with spirits, and with gin a G+T, both of good quality, with a few cubes of ice. I'd be interested in others' choices, maybe their staples, and their treats?