If you thought gin didn't move with the times, it's time to think again. Established producers are putting an exciting new spin on gin, providing a whole new generation of bottles to explore.
Bulldog London Dry
Created in 2007 by a former investment banker who developed a passion for gin, thanks to his diplomat father. Fragrant and floral, and less dry than many traditional gins, this has a smooth creaminess and liquorice sweetness.
Try it in a Negroni: Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Pour in 25ml Bulldog Gin, 25ml Campari and 25ml sweet vermouth. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.
Star of Bombay
Star Of Bombay is the new premium gin produced at the Bombay Sapphire Laverstoke Distillery in rural Hampshire. This handcarfted London Dry Gin blends the 10 exotic botanicals in Bombay Sapphire and adds the spicy citrus of Ecuadorian bergamot and floral ambrette seeds from Sicily. The Bombay Sapphire vapour infusion process, combined with slow distillation in single batches, produces smooth layers of lingering flavour and a long, complex finish. Serve with premium tonic water and a twist of orange peel.
Try it in a Captivating Star & Tonic: Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Pour in 50ml Star Of Bombay and 50ml premium tonic water. Garnish with an orange peel twist.
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Distilled in a 19th-century copper still to the original Beefeater gin recipe, this premium gin then rests in oak barrels previously used for making Jean de Lillet vermouth. Each bottle displays its batch number on the label. Best sipped neat.
Based on a secret recipe from 1761, Bombay Sapphire is created using a unique process known in the industry as `vapour infusion', and a mix of 10 exotic botanicals, including almonds, angelica, lemon peel and coriander. The result is a distinct, fresh taste with juniper at its heart.