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Beefeater London Dry Gin

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The Bottom Line

One of the first names in gin everyone thinks of is Beefeater. This London Dry gin has become nearly synonymous with this particular category of spirits and has been a favorite of generations of Martini lovers. Its classic styling, unchanging bottle and taste, and availability have made Beefeater one of the best known (and best tasting) gins available and it is one that you can rely on. Walk into any bar and Beefeater will be patiently waiting in the back bar for your next Gin and Tonic, and if that icon is not visible in that particular establishment, you should turn around and find the next watering hole.


  • 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.


  • None.


  • 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 story of Beefeater London Dry Gin is one of the oldest among the modern gins. It began in the 1860's when founder James Burrough bought a Chelsea London distillery where he produced a variety of gins. Within a decade Beefeater became the distillery's flagship bottling and its success continues today, with a remarkable 3 of every 4 bottles of gin imported into the United States by the 1960's being this brand. The signature figure pictured on the bottle still alludes to the name's inspiration, the guards of the Tower of London, the "Beefeaters."

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.

Tasting Notes:
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.

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 3 out of 5
what did they do to it?, Member xystx

I have drunk Beafeaters gin for years and liked it better than any other gin. But my last two bottles had a very different strong flavor, rather sweet and citrisy. Did they accidently pour too much flavoring in it? They say they have never changed it, but this tastes dreadful. I dislike the taste intensely, and will have to find another gin. I emailed them to ask but they did not respond.

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