Drink Review: Bombay Sapphire East Dry Gin

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An edition of Bombay Sapphire’s gin inspired by the flavours of the east, adding Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns for more spice and a hint of citrus.

Bombay Sapphire East Dry Gin:

I sometimes wonder why certain companies choose the names they do. Companies like Bombay Sapphire are presumably trying to imply that their product is of the highest class, but achieve a different result for me. This is an interesting product, but not one I would purchase again.

The bottle is a perfect addition to any home bar. It is beautiful to look at and sits beautifully when you are displaying it on your shelf. It’s fairly large though, so you may want to get a decent sized shelf cabinet to display it.

Tasting the gin is another experience to behold. This is an extremely smooth gin in the traditional style. You can taste the traditional Bombay Sapphire smokiness, yet it is light on the tongue making it perfect for a Gin and Tonic.

Their truly is nothing in the gin that surprises. It is a safe and yet still enjoyable gin.

One positive I have to mention about this gin is its very limited alcohol burn. It is one of the least “burny” gins I have tasted, almost reminding me of a decent low grade vodka.

Bombay Sapphire East Dry Gin Review 1:

Bombay Sapphire East, while still tasting good, is not a gin that I would personally choose. It is too safe; it doesn’t try or add anything new to the genre. If you enjoy your gins traditional, you will enjoy this one. Yet if your intent is to add something new to your collection, then you may want to look elsewhere.

This is, however, a fine product, and if you are choosing your first gin, I would give it consideration.

I am not a huge fan of Bombay Sapphire. Their core gin is not what I look for. I would rather have something with more flavour, something more fun, while still retaining the classic gin qualities. What I have found with Bombay Sapphire, is that the more they try to improve their gin, the less I enjoy it. Like the East, their “orange” gin is basically Bombay Sapphire wizened in orange zest. It is an interesting idea, 

It has been suggested that I may need to try Bombay Sapphire in a Gin and Tonic. I think that may be fair, but I will hold off on that for now. There are many other gins I would love to try before returning to this one.

Bombay Sapphire East Dry Gin Review 2:

Bombay Sapphire East is an excellent example of the traditional style of gin. It is smooth, clean and offers little to surprise or excite the drinker.

In the end, I found this to be a good but not great new strain of Bombay Sapphire. If you enjoy the traditional style of gin and are looking for something new, there are better products out there. For those of you who do like this style, this is a fine introduction to the line. If I were given this as a gift, I would be happy, but that’s not enough for me to justify its price.

Written by Mark Adams

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