Spring is the perfect time to enjoy gin. Whether you’re pouring gin and tonics, martinis, or some other gin-based cocktail, London Dry styles of gin are the ideal choice.
London Dry style gins are the most common style of gin, and the most versatile. One of the most respected London Dry gins is Beefeater, a favorite choice of both bartenders and gin enthusiasts.
Featuring a botanical recipe with 10 ingredients, Beefeater is a complex yet approachable gin with notes of juniper and citrus at the forefront. The complexity of Beefeater Gin is revealed in the complementary botanicals.
Licorice adds a woody, slightly bittersweet note that helps harmonize with the other botanicals, while angelica root provides spice and wood notes. Sicilian lemon peel and Seville orange peel are married to provide a complex and unique citrus note for Beefeater, while hand-harvested juniper berries from the hills of Italy, Macedonia, and Serbia provide the pleasant juniper bite. Orris root, a member of the lily family, adds complex floral notes and helps provide the bouquet to the gin. Angelica seed adds a hop-like note to Beefeater, and coriander seed is distilled to add spiciness and complexity. Finally, bitter almonds are used to provide a slight marzipan-like hint to the flavor of Beefeater. The overall result is a masterpiece of distilling, a gin that is both approachable and complex, one that will mix exceptionally well.
Made in the heart of London, Beefeater is the last of the large English gins to be made in London itself. The botanicals are steeped together in the base spirit for 24 hours before distilling to allow the flavors of the botanicals to be drawn out and maximize their flavors. Distilling is accomplished in copper pot stills, which allow for even more of the flavors to come through. Interestingly enough, the Beefeater distillery only operates Monday through Friday, and the gin made is blended together in vats to assure a consistent flavor profile. Beefeater also maintains a large juniper safe at the distillery, with approximately a two-year supply of juniper berries set aside to assure a supply for distilling in the event of bad weather or some other event destroying a juniper crop.
Overall, Beefeater is an excellent choice in gin, and one that should be in every well-stocked liquor cabinet. Whether used in martinis or gin and tonics, Beefeater is a classic gin that will satisfy even the most discerning gin enthusiast. Discover for yourself just how good Beefeater gin is, and be sure to add a bottle to your collection today.