Seagram’s gin comes from the very company that produced one of the finest Canadian whiskeys for more than 160 years.
Although their gins and whiskeys are as different as apples and oranges, the dedication and topnotch distillation quality control in creating these spirits are very much the same. They use select grains and juniper berries from the core of America, and carefully manage the temperature during the distillation process, to filter out unneeded items to highlight the flavor. Known for their iconic “bumpy” bottle, Seagram’s gins have been staples in many a party not looking to break the bank for mixers.
They have over seven versions of gin, from the classic Seagram’s Extra Dry to the much-sought Distiller’s Reserve. In between those two notable variants are Seagram’s fruit-flavored gins, which tosses in fruits such as pineapples, peaches, apples, grapes and berries to the original Seagram’s Extra Dry gin mix for a more refreshing taste.
Common Seagram’s Gin Prices List
|Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin||750ml||$12.99||80|
|Seagram’s Pineapple Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Lime Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Peach Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Melon Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Apple Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Grape Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Red Berry Twisted Gin||750ml||$12.99||70|
|Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve||750ml||$14.99||120|
Seagram’s prices are competitive, but just because they are more inexpensive than other brands doesn’t mean that they are inferior. Their gins are better used as mixers to bring out the sweeter flavors and water down that long alcohol burn.
Seagram’s Gin, Extra Dry (750ml, $9.99-14.99)
Nothing beats the original, as this is used as the base for the remaining gins on this list. This working-man’s gin is loaded with juniper flavor and is serviceable as a foundation for a martini, or a tonic-fruit juice-soda mix. That burn on the the backend is not for everyone though.
Seagram’s Gin, Grape Twisted (750ml, $9.99-14.99)
Seagram’s Extra Dry infused with a twist of grape liqueur can be enjoyed neat, or as a cocktail. We enjoy a good sweet drink every now and then, but the mix will unfortunately remind drinkers of fruit juices.
Seagram’s Gin, Lime Twisted (750ml, $9.99-14.99)
Seagram’s Extra Dry infused with a twist of lime liqueur is the most dependable in their stable of flavored gins, primarily because the lime feels authentic. It has just enough sweetness to validate the burn.
Seagram’s Gin, Peach Twisted (750ml, $9.99-14.99)
When your gin just gotta have peach, this will fill your nostrils and palate with peach, which will be difficult to pair with other tastes.
Seagram’s Gin, Red Berry Twisted (750ml, $9.99-14.99)
A twist of berry adds a big dash of sweet to this gin. Those who like their drinks skewed towards the sweet side will enjoy this over ice.
Seagram’s Gin, Apple Twisted (750ml, $9.99-14.99)
What was that we were saying about apples and oranges, this is in the same boat as grape twisted.
Seagram’s Gin, Distiller’s Reserve (750ml, $12.99-16.99)
By the company’s standards, the Seagram’s gin of Seagram’s Gin. The slightly higher price point scales down what for some may be an overpowering juniper taste and that burn, but not by much.
Seagram’s Extra Dry VS Other Alternative Gins
- Bombay Sapphire, London Dry ($16.99-19.99)
- Beefeater Gin, London Dry ($17.99-19.99)
- Tanqueray, London Dry ($22.99-25.99)
- Tanqueray, No. Ten ($36.99-39.99)
You’ll notice that Seagram’s sits at the bottom end of the price point, and the taste as a sipping gin reflects that. Once mixed, the price points don’t become so clear. We’re comparing Seagram’s to those above because anything above $40, is considered a premium brand.
Bombay lies in the sweet spot of not being that expensive but at the same time, it can hang with the big boys. It has more herbals than Seagram’s with a burn that isn’t as rough. Once mixed as a cocktail, it’s anyone’s game between Seagram’s and Bombay. The more pronounced juniper flavor of Seagram’s can hold its own, given the right flavors.
Beefeater is more or less close to the flavor profile of Seagram’s, with less juniper in the nose and palate. Just like Seagram’s, Beefeater is not meant for sipping neat. What Beefeater does differently is with a less forward juniper taste, more herbals are added. Beefeater offers a more herbal flavor than Seagram’s but not necessarily better, or worse.
The go-to gin for many bars, Tanqueray offers a more complex and smoother drink, especially No. Ten. Hinting at notes of citrus and licorice, Tanqueray offers a better sipping experience at this price point. Tanqueray just blows Seagram’s out of the proverbial water. The price difference, ranging from $9 to $23+, belies the difference in palate and nose between the two. Then again, it should, given the price. However, is it $20 better? Using the same ingredients to make the same cocktail does not always show this. There were times that it did, though. Tanqueray is just the safer bet between the two.
What to mix with Seagram’s Gin
We find that Seagram’s gins are not meant for neat sipping, but they do work well as mixers. Lime twisted and Red Berry Twisted deliver citrussy flavors that can serve as a base for a motivated mixologist. For this drink, we’re going with the classic gin and tonic using Seagram’s Gin, Extra Dry. This is a crowd favorite where one doesn’t need to look in the direction of more expensive gins to not disappoint the most demanding of drinkers. This is just gin and tonic at its most basic, but with Seagram’s, the juniper tends to stand out more.
Gin and Tonic
- 2-3 ounces gin
- 4-5 ounces tonic
- highball glass
- ice cubes
Mix 4-5 ounces of tonic on top of 2-3 ounces of gin in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with lime or lemon. This herbal drink is great on a warm day or when you just want to relax at a party. The added water and tonic pares down the burn from the gin and all you’re left with is a reliable refresher.
To enhance your gin game, remember that Seagram’s has that strong pine scent found in juniper, so herbals, bitters, some liquers, and vermouth work well to enhance great flavors.