Boodles was named after Boodle’s gentlemen’s club in St. James’s, London, founded in 1762 and originally run by Edward Boodle. It was reputed to be the favorite gin of the club’s most famous member, Winston Churchill, though the same has been claimed for Plymouth Gin. But, old Winnie was a notorious boozehound and probably took whatever he could get his hands on during the war years.
Boodles was created in 1845, becoming one of the gins to shape the flavor of the modern London Dry style of gin. It was originally produced by Cock Russell & Company, and was first bottled in the United States by Seagram’s. It is produced at the Greenall’s Distillery in Warrington, England, in a Carter-Head still.
Boodles contains a blend of nine botanicals: juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, angelica seed, cassia bark, caraway seed, nutmeg, rosemary and sage. It is the only London Dry gin to contain nutmeg, rosemary and sage and no citrus ingredients.
Boodles British Gin (90.4 proof)
Nose: Sprightly juniper-forward with a hint of spanked mint and fresh ground black pepper. Crisp.
Taste: Instantly noticable lack of citrus, instead replaced with a savory edge that is soft and warming. The whole expression is of soft roundness and mellow comfort.
Finish: Fairly long with the rosemary and sage leaving a curious gamey flavor.
Overall: In spite of its obvious differences to a traditional citrus inclusive London Dry, this works very well in every gin based cocktail that calls for the juniper to act in the leading role. In drinks such as the Negroni, the more herbal direction works well with sweet vermouth.
GSN Rating: B+
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