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."
Upon removing the blindfold, the tester thought he was forced to drink alcoholic urine. Gladly, he did not, and opted for a yellow martini.