Weekend Update: I am so very happy to finally acquire Beefeater 24! I’ve been looking for a bottle since it was released this past Spring. My good friend Samantha Harrigan procured a bottle for me and I owe her a debt of gratitude.This is a beautiful gin in every sense of the word. From the retro look and heft of the bottle to the refreshing nose to the crisp bite of the flavor profile, I am highly impressed. Normally, Beefeater is not one of my “go to” gins, but certainly is high on my scale of affordable quality. This new style of London made gin is closer to what I generally am drawn to; fresh botanicals and more citrus notes than juniper, although that is certainly present here. If I were looking for a similar gin, I would suggest something along the lines of Tanqueray 10. Which is slightly ironic since both gins reference the exact number of ingredients infused into the base.
The opening aroma has notes of bright citrus, juniper, lime and is much less medicinal than regular Beefeater. The gin is startlingly crystal clear in a gorgeous bottle which is based on the design of a 19th century flask. This looks impressive on your shelf!
The flavor profile immediately brings to mind sweet candy, orange citrus and an unusual dryness. This is undoubtedly due to the infusion of tea which creates a tannic quality.
I can see this gin used in a classic martini to great benefit. As a mixer it will be unrivaled. I cannot recommend this gin highly enough.
Good Spirits Rating: **** Top Shelf