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Sainsbury's Own Brand £16 Gin Beat Tanqueray, Beefeater And Gordon's In Taste Test

Sainsbury's Own Brand £16 Gin Beat Tanqueray, Beefeater And Gordon's In Taste Test

There's no need to splash out on expensive gins for a taste of luxury anymore, as Sainsbury's own brand of the tipple came out top in a blind taste test against other premium spirits.

In a test conducted by Which?, Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Blackfriars gin scored an impressive 83 per cent, being praised for its 'exuberant aroma and freshness' by the judges.

Sainsbury's 'complex and balanced' spirit costs just £16 a bottle, and is distilled four times using 10 botanicals in the recipe.

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Credit: Sainsbury's
Credit: Sainsbury's

Another 11 juniper-based spirits were tasted in the test, including a number of other supermarket label gins, which all raked in decent scores.

In fact, four out of the top five ranked gins in the test were supermarket own-brand.

ASDA's Special Triple Distilled Premium Gin scored a still impressive 75 per cent, and Lidl's Hortus Original London Dry Gin came in just behind with 74 per cent, both £16 a bottle.

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Credit: Lidl
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Marks and Spencer's £15 London Gin received 71 per cent, beating a number of household names in the spirits cupboard.

The panel awarded Gordon's Special London Dry Gin 66 per cent, and Beefeater's London Dry Gin 63 per cent, also £16.

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Harry Rose, Editor of Which? Magazine, said: "With sales of gin rocketing and shoppers facing more choice than ever, it's good news for gin-lovers that our expert test has found some excellent high street contenders that don't cost a fortune.

"Well-known brands are being challenged by a range of impressive supermarket offerings, showing how strong the demand for gin is now."

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If you would like to do a gin taste test of your own, then you can pick up a bottle of the booze from Sainsbury's in-store or online here.

Featured Image Credit: Sainsbury's

Topics: Tasty Drink, Food And Drink, sainsbury's, Gin

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Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion and Beauty Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - [email protected]