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Gin, but better

Gin, but better
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First Published: Mon, Oct 31 2011. 01 42 PM IST

Updated: Mon, Oct 31 2011. 01 42 PM IST
Since 1820, Beefeater has been known as the definitive London gin. Distilled in a brewery in Kennington, a stone’s throw from the famous Oval cricket ground, the clear, fruity, spicy spirit is indispensable in the English summer when it pairs with tonic to form a classic cocktail. In 2008, Beefeater’s master gin distiller Desmond Payne put his 40 years of experience into creating a new Super Premium spirit ‘‘for the 21st century”. However, a classic spirits recipe that has remained unchanged for decades is not to be dabbled with lightly. During his research, Payne discovered that founder James Burrough’s father was a tea merchant by royal appointment to Queen Victoria.
He had his inspiration.
In addition to the classic Beefeater gin’s nine botanicals, superpremium Beefeater 24, so called because 12 botanicals are steeped in the liquor for a full 24 hours before distilling, contains grapefruit peel and a blend of Japanese Sencha and Chinese green teas.
Also See | Superpremium Beefeater 24 (PDF)
The result is a masterpiece. Your palate may not pick out all the elements. But it will salute the sum of the parts.
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sidin.v@livemint.com
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First Published: Mon, Oct 31 2011. 01 42 PM IST