The Bottom Line
- One of the quintessential gins still left on the market.
- Martini, Gin and Tonic, or whatever, this gin goes in any cocktail.
- One of the best premium London dry gins for a reasonable price.
- Available virtually everywhere.
- Gin distilled of neutral spirits with juniper, coriander, orange and lemon peels, angelica, liquorice, almond and orris root.
- Distilled by Beefeater Gin at a Kennsington, London distillery since the 1870's.
- Imported by Pernod Ricard
- The only London dry gin (as of 2009) to still be distilled in London
- 40% alc/volume or 80 proof (47% is also available in USA, Japan and travel retail markets)
- Retails for around $22/750ml bottle
Guide Review - Beefeater London Dry Gin
The recipe for Beefeater has gone unchanged since Burrough perfected it. The same eight botanicals are there - with juniper being in the forefront - and the same dry aftertaste (a pleasant one, mind you) still tempts our taste buds just as they did our great-grandparents. The same 24-hour distillation, which leads to a complex taste but a soft aroma, continues to make a fabulous base for a Martini. And we will always know that only the best botanicals and "cream of the crop" (no heads or tails, just the middle cut) of the distillate will have our backs when we're thirsting for a great Gin and Tonic. Beefeater has a place in almost everyone's memory and has thrilled millions of cocktail drinkers over the years and, luckily, this is not likely to change.
So, where should you use Beefeater? The simple answer is in every single gin cocktail you can that specifically does not call for a genever, Old Tom or Plymouth gin. Yes, that opens up far too many drinks to name, but for everyone that you make with Beefeater you will not be disappointed, and that is the truly great thing about this gin.
The aroma of Beefeater is both spicy and fruity, with a nice balance and always a focus on the juniper. The palate is dry but the herbal bouquet is ideal and it finishes dry with a citrus back.