Bombay Sapphire was first introduced in 1987. The bottle’s utterly recognizable blue bottle is now an icon and adorned with an image of Queen Victoria. The gin itself is comprised of 10 botanicals which include cubeb berries, almonds, licorice root, and grains of paradise. The botanicals are introduced into the neutral spirit by way of vapor distillation. The botanicals are placed in perforated copper baskets with the vapor of the distillate passing over them. Only water is added to bring down to proof, which for this bottling is 47% ABV.
LONDON DRY GIN
NEUTRAL SPIRIT FLAVORED WITH JUNIPER AND OTHER BOTANICALS. IN THE US, THE MINIMUM ABV IS 40%; IN THE EU, IT IS 37.5%. ORIGINALLY, ONLY MADE IN LONDON, THIS CAN BE MADE ANYWHERE. NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS OR COLORS CAN BE ADDED. ONLY WATER, NEUTRAL GRAIN SPIRIT, AND SUGAR (NO MORE THAN 0.1G/L) CAN BE ADDED.
“The delicate botanicals may surprise you. There are some lemon, coriander, and earthy rooty notes along with some juniper, but you really have to stick your nose in to get spices. The spices, particularly the coriander, shows up on the finish, which isn’t terribly long lasting. As for drink recommendations, why not try in a Bramble. This new classic cocktail was created in the 1980’s by Dick Bradsell, one of the founders of the modern cocktail culture in London.”