Cocktails with… Bombay Dry Gin (37.5% ABV)

The launch of Bombay Sapphire’s new distillery at Laverstoke Mill coincided with a rejig, certainly in the UK, of their gin portfolio; notably, the original Bombay Dry has had a makeover (changing from a red to a blue colour scheme) and a reduction in ABV to 37.5% ABV. This was to position the spirit as more of an introduction to the range, so we now have Bombay Dry (8 botanicals, 37.5% ABV), followed by Bombay Sapphire (10 botanicals, 40.0% ABV), and then Bombay Sapphire East (12 botanicals, 42.0% ABV).

I’ve often considered Bombay Dry to be under-rated and so I’m pleased to see it being given the attention it deserves. However, dropping the ABV of a spirit can be a risky business (I know some folk who still bemoan the reduction in strength of Gordon’s some years back), but it can certainly work, too; Jack Daniels was a higher ABV in the times of Sinatra, but is still exceptionally popular today.

Bombay Dry Gin 37.5 FINAL

The Taste

On its own
Nose: Fresh juniper with some jammy fruit notes, a hint of citrus, and woody, earthy notes.
Taste: A very classic style with a good level and intensity of flavour. There are earthy, woody notes with hints of florality upfront, followed by piney juniper and a hint of fresh, zesty citrus, before a long, smooth, and dry finish.

Gin & Tonic
Despite the (appearingly unjust) criticism of the lower ABV, this drink truly proves that Bombay Dry is still a cracking gin that makes a great Gin & Tonic, full of punchy, fresh piney juniper and a hint of citrus. The trick with this gin is to use the tonic sparingly – I suggest a 2:1 ratio of tonic to gin.

Martini
An excellent flavour: clean and crisp, like a shard of ice. Delightful and a textbook example of the drink: neither too dry, nor intense, so a good choice for the Martini newbie.

Negroni
A soft and smooth drink with strong notes from the Campari and red vermouth, although some dry pine and citrus also come through. A mellow and pleasant drink.

In Conclusion
I think that the new Bombay Dry makes a great addition to this end of the gin market and represents good value for money. The gin stands up well to mixing in a variety of classic drinks, is sippable on its own, and makes a solid Gin & Tonic.

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partial to a martini? to a smoke-hazed gin joint & a perfect tipple poured with the style, swank & skill of a true aficionado? …then pull up your stool to the bar, prepare to stock up your cocktail cabinet & get ready to drink it all in as we introduce you to a stitch in times’ resident barman… David T. Smith is a drinks enthusiast currently residing in the U.K. a long-time fan of tasting & exploring various types of alcohol, he has a fascination for vintage spirits and cocktails, in particular their heritage & origins; this was strengthened last year when he presented a talk and accompanying monograph on the Martini. it was as a result of his research of this topic that he was introduced to drinks paraphernalia, & he is now the happy owner of a colourful collection of bottles, books, and gadgets from a wide range of eras… an avid believer in the validity and variety of personal opinion, particularly in the subjective area of tasting, he enjoys hosting tasting sessions for friends, constantly challenging them to find their own favourite tipple. in addition to all of this, he is also interested in economics, three-piece suits, board games & keeping alive the art of engaging in enjoyable conversation with a good glass of port whilst surrounded by pipe smoke… www.summerfruitcup.com Thanks to Analiebe for writing this rather flattering blurb for me.

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