Trendy younger sibling to Bombay Original, on whose recipe it is based (with a couple of extra botanicals). Credited with kickstarting gin’s fashionability since its launch in 1987, Bombay Sapphire has become a truly iconic brand, with its distinctive blue bottle recognisable in bars the world over.
First, with Tonic, it brings a subtle citrusy note, and really takes a stand-offish approach to juniper. This is where it’s won over millions. It shows that juniper, when restrained can be a nice counterbalance. Its supremely balanced for this drink. Gin lovers tend to wonder where the juniper’s gone, and would like something a bit more assertive. The point of view is aromatic and citrusy, but somewhat restrained. Nice and very easy to drink. Truly a gateway gin and tonic if there ever was one.
Strong citrus Nose, acidic lemon dominating. Good bit of alcohol notes in there too, along with some juniper. There’s a sweetness and a distinct floral fruity character in the background: bright and strongly aromatic that sets it apart especially from typical London Dry style gins.