Beefeater 24 gin comes is an stylish bottle. With its red and black design, the red inset in the bottom of the bottle and vegetative mouldings in the glass, it exudes sophistication; I felt rather proud to be buying it at the checkout.
I have heard great things about this gin and couldn’t wait to get some quiet-time to sample all it has to offer.
Beefeater has a tradition of being typically British. Named after the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London, it conjures up stereotypical images of London tourism. Beefeater 24 gin takes this to another level by basing its unique selling point on tea – two of its botanicals being different types of tea – what better way to reflect the great British Empire?
It full botanical list is as follows…
- Japanese sencha tea
- Chinese green tea
- Seville orange peel
- Grapefruit peel
- Lemon peel
- Juniper berries
- Coriander seeds
- Angelica root
- Angelica seeds
- Orris root
The bottle has a plastic screw cap and a little flow-restricting insert which was all a little novel. The nose of this gin is a bit of a let-down as it had that alcohol smell that vodka has and little else.
Trying it neat was also a surprise. It is not a big juniper-carrier and it has a very vodka-like quality; not what I expect from a premium gin. It is a little aggressive on the way down, but this should be expected from a 45% spirit.
The addition of tonic water drove off a little juniper aroma, but it was nothing to really inspire.
Tasting the G&T was also a little disappointing. There was a slightly peppery spice to the initial attack but all-in-all I was left wanting there to be more to this drink, a lot more. In fact, I think the angelica was the strongest component of this G&T.
I sincerely wanted to like this gin – I have read mountains of glowing reviews about Beefeater 24 but it just left me unsatisfied and disappointed. At £21.59 a bottle, it was an expensive let-down too; if only they put as much into creating the gin as the did designing the bottle.