No, this isn't another French gin. This one is American; Texan in fact. Did you know that Austin used to be named Waterloo? Now you do! Because it's Texan, it's a big, bold gin, 93 proof and packed with botanicals. Along with the common juniper, coriander, and citrus peel, Waterloo also includes Texan botanicals, including rosemary, lavender, and, weirdly, pecan. No Texan will make fun of you for drinking clear booze when it's this stuff! Well, some may still.
It's a lemon bomb, with tons of citrus and juniper and that's about it. But for a gin under $15, it's far from the worst. Use it in big bulk recipes when you don't need to worry about subtlety.
Hey, if it's good enough for James Bond, it's good enough for you. It’s hard to find a cheaper gin that isn't entirely swill, and Gordon’s is a perfectly acceptable London Dry gin. You know what you’re getting, and if it's the well at your local bar, it's probably a good bar to stay at.
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Alex Frane is a Portland native who specializes in in food, drink, and bar culture. Follow him: @franiacdrinks.