What is the Bombay Sapphire? Interestingly enough, it is a gemstone given by Douglas Fairbanks to his wife Mary Pickford during the silent film era. It is huge (I’ve seen it) at 182 carats, and is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.
However, the Bombay Sapphire we’re concerned with today is a brand of gin which debuted in 1987. Triple distilled and using almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise; it has a lighter body and a more floral character than many London Dry styles.
There are also two other gins in the Bombay portfolio which I was not sent for review: Bombay Original Dry and Bombay Sapphire East.
Bombay Sapphire (94 proof)
Nose: Huge hit of juniper, with bright evergreen, spicy pepper, minerals, some grapefruit citrus.
Taste: Fresh, bitingly crisp, hints of lemon curd. The juniper character is balanced equally with a textured slightly granular mouthfeel.
Finish: Long and dry with a fade that leaves a slight citrus sweetness.
Overall: Very well done and perfect for classic gin cocktails.
GSN Rating: A
For more information go to: Bombay Sapphire