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So I recently discovered that Marks & Spencer own-brand tonic water doesn't contain sweeteners. So yesterday I thought I'd revisit my previous taste comparison between tonics, this time including the third contender.

Method

Chilled new bottles of Fever Tree Indian tonic water, Waitrose dry Indian tonic water and M&S Indian tonic water in the fridge.

Poured out small quantities of each tonic into...
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So it's been over three weeks since my GP referred me for a vasectomy. I still haven't heard anything back. Today I see this on the cover of the Oxford Mail:

HEALTH CUTS: Vasectomies suspended as health bosses try to stop big overspend

Is this why I haven't heard anything? Or did I manage to sneak in just in time and it...
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Tried a few more gins recently. Verdicts:

Hendricks: I'm not keen. I can see where they're going with the cucumber flavour and I can see why some people love it, but it's not for me.

Gin Mare: everything I've read has said not to garnish this with lime (or any other citrus), as supposedly this will overpower it. But I had...
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Mount Gay Extra Old versus Appleton Estate Rare Blend.

I didn't mess about with any quasi-scientific method here, I just poured out a measure of each rum and sipped them alternately.

First up, they're both really nice. They're also quite similar, both very smooth, fairly dry, well-aged rums with plenty of woody spice. If you just gave me a shot of one
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This time it's the remnants of my bottle of Havana Club anejo 3 años versus a new bottle of Appleton White rum.

Round 1: mojitos

Made two mojitos, taking care to use the exact same amount of mint (12 leaves each, carefully picked to be of similar sizes), the two most similar limes in the bag, the same amount of ice, etc.

The two
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dariianity:
Thanks for comparison! Was interesting to read!

Went to see the doctor this afternoon to get a referral for a vasectomy. As part of the process she had to examine my scrotum.

Gotta say: last time a pretty woman had her hands on my junk it was a lot more fun than this.

Apparently, the best-selling rum brand in the world is, unsurprisingly, Bacardi. Perhaps more surprising is that number two is Tanduay, as in Europe and America it's virtually unheard of. In its home country of the Philippines it's hugely popular (and extremely cheap) but while lots is exported to the rest of Asia, it hasn't ever made its way to Europe.

Way back...
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This time it's a 4-way comparison between Beefeater, Tanqueray, Sipsmith and Aldi's own-brand 'Oliver Cromwell' Dry London Gin.

Method

Round 1: Made 4 G&Ts using 25ml of gin, 75ml of tonic, ½ a slice of lime (partially squeezed) and approximately equal amounts of ice. Labelled each cup. Then got a third party to re-label each cup and erase original label, noting correspondence. Comparative...
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axelfendersson:
Note: Aldi's own-brand gin, despite being only £10 for a 70cl bottle, has won multiple international awards. Although I wasn't particularly blown away by it, it's certainly respectable and easily on a par with the gins in the next price-bracket up.

Winged ants flying all over the place this afternoon.

Damn it, even the ants are getting more action than I am. 😆

Method

Made two G&Ts. Both in identical glasses, with half a slice of lemon & lime in each, same amount of ice, each with the same volume of gin (50ml, Beefeater). But made one using Fever Tree tonic and the other with Waitrose own-brand tonic (both straight from fridge).

a) Compared both drinks myself.
b) Invited housemates to compare drinks and try and identify which...
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sydney:
I appreciate this