In order to give the Homemade Gin a fair shake, we lined up glasses of it, Bombay Sapphire, and Monarch, then did a completely blind taste-test. The results, worst to best, with tasting notes:
3. Monarch: "This is terrible. It's completely overpowering, and tastes like pine cones and rubbing alcohol and, for some reason, black licorice."
2. Bombay: "This is extremely mellow, but there's a lot of aftertaste."
1. Homemade Gin: "This has an extremely strong scent, but it's got a very clean taste... it's not intense at all. It's actually delicious."