Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin Review

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Beefeater London Dry Gin dates back to the 1800s and the recipe, which lists nine ingredients, has remained unchanged until the new Beefeater 24 recipe appeared on the market as an additional brand.  This handcrafted new gin recipe is vastly more complex than the original Beefeater London Dry Gin recipe and contains 12 botanicals, including grapefruit, orris root, bitter almond, Seville orange peel, Chinese green tea and a rare strain of Japanese Sensha tea.

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Other differences include the fact that the ingredients are said to be steeped in pure grain alcohol for twenty four hours prior to undergoing a distillation process of seven hours, during which a master distiller performs an artisan cut from the heart of the run by hand. The final product is bottled at 45% proof, a higher alcohol by volume ratio than the previous gin recipe, which is welcomed by gin enthusiasts.

These changes to the classic gin style makes for a modern twist to the taste that gin lovers enjoy, but not too drastic to destroy the authenticity of a Beefeater gin experience, resulting in a classic gin, modernized in a sophisticated, sultry way.

PROS

– Beefeater 24 is a slightly softer variation of the original Beefeater London Dry Gin.
– Stands its ground as well as the original has done over the years in Gin and Tonics and Martinis.
– The taste is backed up by the traditional London Dry taste of rejuvenating juniper and citrus.
– Presented in a classy new rectangular shaped bottle, embossed with a fresh flower and leaf design which is easy to grip.
– When poured into a glass, the freshness rises up to meet the nose with an alpine forest and juniper bough scent, closely followed by a crisp citrus aroma of grapefruit, lemon and orange.
– The taste fresh on the palate with a zestfulness from the citrus and juniper.
– Extremely mixable and great for cocktails.
– A great sipping gin, soft on the throat with no discernible after burn.

CONS

– None

DESCRIPTION

– Distilled by Beefeater Gin, Kengisngton, London, since 1870 and imported by Pernod Ricard.
– 45% alcohol by volume, retailing at $29 for a 750ml bottle.

Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin Review

Many reasons exist for Beefeater 24 London Dry Gin having taken on the numerical moniker, not least of all being the steeping period and the new flavors that enhance the classic Beefeater gin drinking experience.  The traditional juniper and citrus taste experience remains, with a darker side brought on by the addition of exotic Chinese and rare Japanese teas.  The addition of the tea influence accounts for the major change in the taste of the new gin recipe.  Interestingly, the father of James Burrough, the founder of Beefeater London Dry Gin, was a tea merchant, and this is what inspired Desmond Payne, the current Master Distiller at Beefeater, to add the aroma of tea to the Beefeater 24 gin recipe.  This history, combined with the English fascination with tea, has made these experiments a successful and winning hit in the new Beefeater 24 gin recipe.

When the distillers at Beefeater release a new flavor after staying loyal to the original recipe since it was founded, you know that it has been built on a solid foundation and the taste and quality will stand the test of time.

 

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