Released first in global travel retail in 2015, Star of Bombay London Dry Gin has since expanded its availability around the world, but is not currently available in the U.S. It uses the same general ten botanicals as Bombay Sapphire, but employs different varieties of coriander and angelica along with three different types of juniper berries. Additionally, it adds bergamot and ambrette seed to the recipe. It is named after the Star of Bombay, a 182-carat sapphire from Sri Lanka which was gifted to silent film star, Mary Pickford, by her second husband, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. She bequeathed the jewel to the Smithsonian upon her death in 1979 and it now resides in the National Museum of Natural History.
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.
“Star of Bombay London Dry Gin adds bergamot and ambrette to the line-up of Bombay botanicals. The result is a beautifully aromatic gin with juniper, coriander, and citrus peels backed by a complex array of spices that leads to a long and a pleasant finish. Though intensely flavorful and relatively high in proof, it doesn’t have any off-putting bitterness. Star of Bombay would be a great selection for classic gin cocktails calling for a London dry.”