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Review: Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition Estate Gin 

Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 21, 2020

Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin was launched in 1987 and draws its unusual name from a competition where several marketing agencies were asked to submit possible names and bottle designs for the new Gin. Bombay Sapphire, the chosen name, refers to the British Empire and heritage for the spirit in India, as gin was an extremely popular spirit during the time of the British Raj. The Star of Bombay (featured on the label) is a famous Indian Sapphire now on display at the Smithsonian Institute.

Bombay Sapphire is a London Dry Gin. This style of gin is produced through a double distillation of a neutral grain spirit with botanicals added during the second distillation. The botanicals include, Spanish almonds and lemon peel, West African grains of paradise, Chinese licorice, juniper berries from Tuscany, orris root from Italy, angelica root from Saxony, coriander seed from Morocco, cassia bark from Indo China, and cubeb berries from Java.

Bacardi (the brand owner) recently extended the Bombay Sapphire family of gins with a new  limited-edition version, Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition Estate Gin which according to the press releases was inspired by the English countryside summer season, and contains three new botanicals, Pennyroyal Mint, Rosehip and toasted Hazelnut.

Here is a link to my review of Bacardi’s new Limited Edition Gin:

Review: Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition Estate Gin

“… Generally, I am not a fan of gins that mask the juniper in favour of highlighting the other botanicals. But, I am a fan of what I am tasting here. The reason is, that although the juniper does not leap out at first tasting, it nevertheless comes forward just a little stronger each time you taste the spirit. And that juniper flavour is melded very well into the overall profile of the dry gin …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with my serving suggestion, a Wet Martini.

Chimo!

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