• BROKER’S

    DRY GIN

    U.K.

    Broker’s London Dry Gin was created by brothers Martin and Andy Dawson in the late 1990s. Gin is the only spirit that historically has been produced in England. For that reason they chose a theme for the brand that would be recognised around the world for its Englishness – namely a gentleman wearing a bowler hat. Such a gentleman would typically have been a stockbroker in the City of London, hence the name Broker’s for the brand. Every bottle of broker’s Gin is topped with a miniature hat.

    Broker’s London Dry Gin is made in a 200 year old gin distillery in the heart of England using a traditional copper pot-still. The raw ingredients are triple-distilled pure grain spirit made from England wheat and ten natural botanicals (herbs, spices and fruit) sourced from around the world. The botanicals are steeped for 24 hours in the pure grain spirit which is then distilled for a fourth time. The Broker’s Gin recipe, which is as old as the distillery, uses ten natural botanicals:

    Juniper – Bulgaria or Macedonia
    Coriander Seed – Bulgaria
    Cinnamon – Madagascar
    Cassia Bark – China
    Orris – Italy
    Angelica Root – Belgium or France
    Nutmeg – India
    Liquorice – Sri Lanka
    Lemon Peel – Spain
    Orange Peel – Spain

     

    APPEARANCE

    Clear and Rich.

    AROMA

    Creamy, candied citrus and fruit peel aromas.

    PALATE

    Very smooth on the palate with a good balance of fresh botanicals, spicy juniper, and sweet ripe citrus fruit.

    FINISH

    Finishes with a smooth, warming peppery fade.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      40%

    • Size

      100cl

    AWARDS & ACCOLADES

    Chairman’s Trophy, Ultimate Beverage Challenge New York @2010.

    Gold Medal, International Spirituosen-Wettbewerb Neustadt @2009.

    Winner, (Beating Tangueray, Bombay Sapphire and Beefeater), The Gin Masters London @2008.

    Highly Recommended, F.P.Pacult’s 150 Finest Spirits Bargains @2008.

    Platinum Award, (World’s Best Tasting Gin), World Beverage Competition @2007.

    Editor’s Pick, Bon Appetit Magazine @2006.

    Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition @2005.

    Four Stars (Highly Recommended), The Spirit Journal @2005.

    Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition @2005.

    Gold Medal, 94 Points (Exceptional), Chicago Beverage Testing Institute @2004.

    95 points, (Top 10 list of Current Hot Brands), Wine Enthusiast @2004

    Silver Award, International Spirits Challenge @2004.

    Best Gin, Food & Wine Magazine @2003.

    Top 60 Spirits, (The Only Gin Selected), Wine Enthusiast @2003.

    95 Points, (Top Ten list of Current Hot Brands), Wine Enthusiast @2003.

  • MONKEY 47

    SCHWARZWALD SLOE GIN

    GERMANY

    The superbly packaged Monkey 47 Sloe gin is a peppery, tangy, complex spirit made by macerating Black Forest sloes in spirit for three months.

    APPEARANCE

    Hazy, pale scarlet red.

    AROMA

    Very aromatic and complex nose. Huge fruit notes and quite a good deal of juniper too.

    PALATE

    A mix of earthy, tangy juniper with rich, sweet red berries. Very refined and balanced. Hints of almond.

    FINISH

    Nutty, tart finish.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      29%

    • Size

      50cl

  • MONKEY 47

    SCHWARZWALD DRY GIN

    GERMANY

    An unusual gin from the Black Forest in Germany, Monkey 47 contains a unique ingredient. No, not that! Lingonberries! The 47 comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at a healthy 47%. It seems that the botanicals speak for themselves, as the gin has received bucketfuls of critical acclaim. Some say less is more, not for Monkey 47!

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    AROMA

    Woody, vegetable smells under pin fresh grassy citrus notes and botanical sweetness

    PALATE

    Predictably complex, this is a robust and powerful gin with plenty of spice, fruit and herb flavours. It’s very well structured, and difficult to unpick but a citrus fresh start segues into pine and wood notes for a drying finish.

    FINISH

    Wooded and reassuringly heavy.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      47%

    • Size

      50cl

  • BEEFEATER

    DRY GIN

    U.K.

    HISTORY: Beefeater’s roots can be traced back to the 1820s, when John Taylor and his wife opened a small distillery in London’s Chelsea district.

    In 1863, it was taken over by James Burrough, who took a closer interest in the distillation process. James embraced his passion for experimenting and developing new flavours, starting to produce his own style of gin. He discovered that distilling a specific recipe based on natural ingredients gave a very fragrant gin with a bold taste.

    He then started to follow a unique process, leading to the creation of Beefeater London Dry Gin. The name reflects Burrough’s desire to give the gin a personality and strong ties associated with London: it comes from the Yeomen Warders, also known as “Beefeaters”, who have guarded the Tower of London since 1485. Today, each bottle still portrays a Yeoman Warder.

    KNOW-HOW

    In James Burrough’s original recipe from the 1860s, nine “botanicals” or natural ingredients are essential in revealing Beefeater Gins character.

    The natural ingredients, including Seville orange and lemon peel, whole juniper berries, angelica seeds, coriander and almonds, are steeped for 24 hours before being distilled. This procedure makes it possible to create a perfectly balanced and full-flavoured gin.

    This steeping and distillation method remains virtually unchanged today, following the secret recipe invented by James Burrough. Beefeater is the only international Premium Gin to still be distilled at the heart of the British capital, at the Kennington distillery, on the southern bank of the Thames.

    APPEARANCE

    A fresh, clean and crisp gin with a subtle citrus and fruit edge. The complexity of the Beefeater recipe produces a gin that is multi-dimensional in character, while remaining balanced and well-rounded.

    AROMA

    Aromas from the botanicals used: juniper, orange peel, lemon and grapefruit, coriander, licorice, angelica root, iris root, almond, Japanese Sencha tea and Chinese green tea.

    PALATE

    Notable taste of alcohol and citrus and licorice on the palate

    • Alcohol/Volume

      40%

    • Size

      75cl

  • BEEFEATER

    24 DRY GIN

    U.K.

    A sophisticated blend of fine botanicals and exotic teas

    12 hand-selected Botanicals, steeped in London for 24 hours to create a richer and more sophisticated gin.

    Modern London

    Inspired by aspects of modern london that are simultaneously exhilarating and refined. Beefeater 24 takes a complex blend of 12 botanicals including grapefruit peel and Japanese and Chinese Green Teas, and infuses them in spirit for 24 hours.

    The Distiller’s Cut

    “After distillation, I select the perfect cut, resulting in a London dry gin with a fresh flavour profile that is best enjoyed in modern cocktails. I proudly present Beefeater 24 – a Gin made in London for exciting cities around the world”

    Demond Payne, Master Distiller

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    AROMA

    Citrus, juniper and the slightest hint of licorice root beneath it.

    PALATE

    It is quite pleasant with sweet citrus, including notes of lemon rind and sweet lime— that moves into a mid-palate with juniper. Though less juniper-forward, the juniper is still here and remains the gin’s centerpiece.

    FINISH

    Long and dry, there’s a grassy, vegetal note of warm green tea. It’s a bit more astringent and tannic than your standard Beefeater.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      45%

    • Size

      70cl

  • BULLDOG

    DRY GIN

    U.K.

    A delicious English gin made with poppy, dragon eye, lotus leaves, citrus, almond, lavender and various other botanicals (12 in total). This is four times distilled in copper pot stills, and Bulldog had the highest rating ever received by a gin from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was also voted a Top 50 spirit!

    APPEARANCE

    Crystal clear

    AROMA

    Piney juniper with floral lavender, musky nutty angelica and lime zest.

    PALATE

    Pleasingly dry yet soft with piney woody juniper rightly to the fore, generous nutty angelica and mellow black pepper spirity spice.

    FINISH

    Well-balanced botanical elements give character and structure. Lingering nutty angelica and cracked black pepper.

    • Alcohol / Volume

      40%

    • Size

      100cl

  • BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

    DRY GIN

    U.K.

    Bombay Sapphire is a brand of gin owned by Bacardi that was first launched in 1987 by IDV. In 1997 Diageo sold the brand to Bacardi. Its name originates from gin’s popularity in India during the British Raj and the sapphire in question is the Star of Bombay on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Bombay Sapphire is marketed in a flat-sided, sapphire-coloured bottle that bears a picture of Queen Victoria on the label.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      47%

    • Size

      5cl, 20cl, 75cl, 100cl & 175cl.

  • BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

    EAST DRY GIN

    U.K

    Bombay Sapphire East Gin is an interesting extension in the Bombay Sapphire brand. It features all of the botanicals from Bombay Sapphire (juniper, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cubeh berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, almond, orris, and licorice) and then adds lemongrass and black pepper.  These two new botanicals clearly stand out in the nose of the Bombay Sapphire East Gin, giving it a spicier and fuller nose. The lemongrass seems to also boost the lemon in the nose and the black pepper boosts the juniper. Other than that, the nose is fairly true to Bombay Sapphire.

    As with Bombay Sapphire, the Bombay Sapphire East is a lighter style gin. The entry is soft with fairly soft flavors. As with the nose, the lemon and lemongrass really stand out with the black pepper and juniper not far behind.  Flavors in this gin are fairly light and subtle, there’s nothing overly assertive or agressive in the mix. The finish on the Bombay Sapphire East is a little more singular than Bombay Sapphire. Although it’s subtle, you do get a lot of the other botanicals presenting themselves in the finish of Bombay Sapphire, including coriander, lemon, orris, and licorice. With the Bombay Sapphire East those notes are nearly lost, with lemongrass and pepper taking over.

    Bombay Sapphire East Gin has put “Vapor Infused” on the front of the label which reflects the way in which they handle the botanicals for both of the Sapphire gins. Most gin producers will steep or macerate their botanicals in neutral spirit before distilling, whereas Bombay uses a botanical basket hung in the still which the vapors from the distilled neutral spirit must pass through in the distillation process.  Both are perfectly acceptable ways to make gin, with the Sapphire way resulting in much lighter flavors.  The addition of lemongrass and black pepper are good flavor notes to add to the mix of gin, but they seem to dominate things a bit. Bombay Sapphire is a wonderfully balanced gin and that balance isn’t a strongly captured here.

     

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, silvery appearance.On swirling it leaves a light coat with numerous droplets/tears forming on edge line

    AROMA

    The lemongrass give it a lingering aromatic finish while the black pepper leaves and interesting tingle along with the other spices to make for a slightly paradoxical sweet and drying finish towards the end fade.

    PALATE

    Nice oily entry, slightly sweet entry. Ends drying quickly and start a slight warm burn of pepper along the edges of the tongue with a lot of citrus and spice and a somewhat understated juniper, lots of citrus,  touches of almond and angelica backing up the juniper, and the cubeb coriander and orris giving the gin some nice bones to it.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      42%

    • Size

      100cl

  • BOMBAY SAPPHIRE

    STAR OF BOMBAY DRY GIN

    U.K

    Star of Bombay is a higher-strength, super-premium variant of Bombay Sapphire. The classic notes of juniper, angelica and coriander have been intensified, with the addition of bergamot and ambrette seeds offering extra exoticness. A rich and intense gin.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      47.5%

    • Size

      70cl

  • HENDRICK’S

    GIN

    SCOTLAND

    Hendrick’s is an iconoclastically produced, small-batch gin distilled in the decidedly un-ginnish Scotland, drawing upon centuries of distilling expertise and plentiful pure soft water. Hendrick’s values the sublimely abnormal quality of our ingredients, and we source the most delightful and least ordinary palette of eleven botanicals from the four corners of the world. Hendrick’s uses a marriage of two spirits from a Carter-Head and Bennet Still. By combining the spirits from the two stills we can create a divinely smooth gin that has both the required character and balance of subtle flavours. With curious yet delightful infusions of cucumber and rose petals, our unusual gin is loved by a small handful of people all over the world.

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    AROMA

    Juniper aromas with floral hints and a touch of musky rose, followed by a blanket of sweet orange, lime zest, and elderflower.

    PALATE

    Very classic Gin on the palate with flavors of angelica, coriander, juniper and orris root. A burst of citrus flavors seals the deal.

    FINISH

    A fairly long finish brings juniper back, accompanied by a hint of licorice and black pepper.

    • Alcohol / Volume

      44%

    • Size

      100cl 

  • THE BOTANIST

    ISLAY DRY GIN

    SCOTLAND

    A super premium, artisanal gin distilled on the hebriedan island of islay at Bruichladdich distillery. Based on nine of the classic gin botanicals, and then, uniquely, augmented by 22 hand-foraged islay botanicals. A rare expression of the heart and soul of this wild, scottish island and of the culture, philosophy and passion of those who made it.

    • Alcohol/Volume

      46%

    • Size

      100cl