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Review: Gilbey’s London Dry Gin

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 14, 2015

Gilbey’s Gin is owned by spirits conglomerate Diageo; but it is produced and sold under its current license by Beam Suntory. The Beam Suntory website does not contain extensive information regarding Gilbey’s; however I did find this statement which describes its production:

“In making a fine London Dry Gin such as Gilbey’s, the fermentation process is similar to whiskey production. The fundamental difference is that the congeners, the natural taste elements that are so necessary to Bourbon and Scotch are absent. Instead, gin’s flavor is introduced to the alcohol when it is in a vaporous form and made to pass through a “filter” of juniper berries, herbs and spices.”

Here is a link to my full review:

Review: Gilbey’s London Dry Gin

“… I discovered a very traditional gin profile with firm juniper aromas leading out in front of lightly sweet citrus scents of orange and lemon. There are some fine spices in the breezes which remind me coriander, ginger and cardamon, as well as some floral accents resembling lilacs and white lilies …”

Please enjoy my review which includes two nice recipe suggestions, Gilbey’s and Tonic, and a Vesper Cocktail.



2 Responses to “Review: Gilbey’s London Dry Gin”

  1. Chip,

    Another great review and very similar to how I find this Gin (although that’s not the reason I like your reviews so much). While I prefer the dry bitter juniper this exhibits I found the alcohol bite too much and thus disappointing. You’re right though in this being good everyday G&T material, I think it’s excellent for making loads at a party (saving a pretty penny without marginalizing quality). However, the best bit is your tip to use this Gin in conjunction with Vodka, as in the Vesper. This never crossed my mind and I’ll happily give Gilbey’s Gin another go in other drinks besides a G&T,
    Thanks, David.

    • Thanks David

      I always appreciate your comments and I am glad you liked my suggestion of the Vesper. That is a cocktail I have only recently become familiar with, and it really does help with certain gins to make them more amenable to martini construction. The reverse is also true, and I will be introducing the Reverse Vesper on my website in a few weeks. That cocktail reverses the proportions of the gin and vodka in a Vesper (hence the name Reverse Vesper) which allows the mixologist to introduce a bit of piny character into an otherwise straight forward Vodka Martini.

      By the way, I made a few Gin and Tonics with Boodles today … Yumm!

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