The Bottom Line
- Slight and soft variation on Beefeater Gin.
- Can stand up to Martinis, Gin and Tonics, and all the other cocktails the original does.
- Rejuvenating citrus and juniper backs up a traditional London Dry gin taste.
- Beefeater Gin with the addition of grapefruit peel, Japanese sencha tea and Chinese green tea.
- Distilled by Beefeater Gin at a Kennsington, London distillery since the 1870's.
- Imported by Pernod Ricard
- 45% alc/volume (90 proof)
- Retails for around $29/750ml bottle
Guide Review - Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin
This change in Beefeater 24's taste primarily comes from the tea influence. It was the founder of Beefeater, James Burrough, whose father was a tea merchant and this inspired current Master Distiller, Desmond Payne, to pursue teas in their gin. That history, coupled with the UK's fascination with tea that made the experiments and eventual success a winning hit. It is this similarity to Beefeater that allows Beefeater 24 to be a nice addition to the brand and stands up to any gin cocktail the other can handle. It is similar in expansion to the premium vodka lines. When they release a new flavor you know it's going to be built on a solid foundation and the taste quality is going to live up to standards.
The price of Beefeater 24 is not much above that of the original Beefeater and certainly not out of line with other modern premium gins. It is a nice upgrade but not one that I would switch to completely from a regularly stocked bottle of Beefeater. I can see the 24 becoming the switch hitter for every 2 or 3 bottles as a taste just different enough from the standard to be a welcomed treat every now and then.
Beefeater 24 has a clean aroma that is delightfully complex with a bit of tannic citrus noticeable against the well-known taste of the base gin. The palate has more of the citrus but it is in a nice balance with the still juniper-foward taste. Its finish is characteristically dry and full of juniper and a touch of liquorice.
Beefeater 24 Gin Cocktails: