Beefeater gin is manufactured in London and it’s produced by James Burrough LTD. James Burrough born in 1835 and bought a distillery 27 years later. Gin production started next year and there was big selection of different gins after 15 years. One of them proved to be very popular so James named it according to London Tower security guard “beefeater”. Later the company drops out other gin brands and fully focus on this flagship product. Beefeater was owned by James Burrough family company until 1987, when it was sold to Pernod Ricard.
The base of Beefeater Gin is 100% grain spirit which is added 9 different herbs; juniper berries, coriander seeds, licorise root, almond, lemon peel and angelica root, all very classic gin herbs. Herbs are been macerated 24 hours before distillation. After distillation it is shipped to Scotland for dilution and bottling. Beefearter is one of the cheapest London Dry gins on markets, the price for 50cl bottle was 9.49€ (Konsum/Estonia).
Nose is smooth and gentle, there is juniper, coriander and lemon peel. Taste is smooth, dryish, juniper and lemon are main flavours. Burn is mild and aftertaste pleasantly smooth. The base spirit here should be very neutral and well done, there is not hints of ethanol at all. It is easily drinked neat or with ice cubes. It mix very well with most tonic waters and give a nice body for classic cocktails. It’s very classic London dry gin and there is not so much to complain. When it’s cheaper than other classic gins like Bombay or Tanqueray, it’s highly recommended product.