Booze Reviews: Burnett’s Dry Gin

I’m not much of a liquor person. I used to chug Captain Morgan by the bottle, but since I learned to like beer, and found that I can actually enjoy alcoholic beverages instead of choking them down for the sole purpose of getting hammered, I haven’t been much for liquor. Gin, however, has always been an exception to this rule. My favorite gin thus far is Tanqueray, but that shit is expensive. So I went looking for a cheaper alternative. Now, cheap liquor is generally bad; I’m not a hobo and therefore I don’t like things that come in plastic bottles. However, every once in a while, you find a cheap liquor that’s actually good, or at least pretty tolerable. Burnett’s is such a beverage.

Burnett’s looks classier than most of its low-end liquor store counterparts, largely due to the fact that it comes in a classy green glass bottle. You wouldn’t know just from looking at it that you would get change back from a $10 bill upon purchase. Burnett’s is mediocre if only slightly cold, but if chilled in the freezer for a little while, the taste becomes exponentially better than anything else you’d get for the same price. It’s not a bad gin to drink straight, but it also goes well in a Tom Collins or even as a martini (note: the proper martini is made with about a half drop of vermouth and a glass of gin. Anything else, and that includes any and all “vodkatinis,” is for suckers).

Where Burnett’s stands head and shoulders above the competition is the value. At the Utah state liquor stores, it’s $7-10 for a fifth, depending if it’s on sale, and I’d guess these prices are the higher end of most liquor stores in the country. When chilled, it’s almost as good as an expensive gin, for a fraction of the price. So if you really need two bottles of liquor, but you and your roommates can only find $15 in your rooms and the couch cushions, go with Burnett’s. You won’t be disappointed.

8 Thoughts on “Booze Reviews: Burnett’s Dry Gin”

  1. Thank you this helped me a lot, and makes me feels better as a shopper knowing that I am buying something worth its price, if not better. ^_^

  2. Hey, I like a glass of cold gin as much as the next guy, but don’t get that confused with a Martini!

    A proper Martini is made with a 4/1 ratio of gin to good dry vermouth. A dry Martini is made with either a 6/1 or 8/1, 10/1 at the very outside. The whole “almost no vermouth in a Martini” business is a macho poser thing from the ’40s and ’50s. A traditional, not-too-dry Martini made with good fresh vermouth is what originally became the world’s most popular cocktail, and for good reason.

  3. Hey, I agree with the above reply, that’s how it WAS made. But my standard order is very dirty very dry, I generally like about a teaspoon of vermouth in a martini. That is preference. I have tried many variations and there is nothing like a dirty dry martini to put a smile on my face. I ask for vermouth, just very little, otherwise I would ask for a “gin and olive brine”. Just saying, if there is vermouth with the gin it is a martini, just not the style the rat pack may have drunk. And for the record, burnetts is a bargain, but everyone should try boodles if they have a few extra bucks and want to stay reasonable, unique!

  4. Love it… great for Martinis… and then some!

  5. Love it … great for Martini… and then some!

  6. Yes. A great gin, good for a dirty martini. people ruin their olives with vodka. and call it a martini. Vodka is also delicious, but make it a Gibson , with the little cocktail onions. same recipe as a Martini, but with onions and vodka, a drop of vermouth and a splash of water,on ice, yummy!

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  8. Love it straight on the rocks. Smooth with no strange after-taste. Best value for a regular gine drinker!

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