Beefeater 24 gin

Today I purchased a bottle of Whitley Neill London dry gin and a bottle of Beefeater 24. In this post I will be writing about the Beefeater 24.

Beefeater 24 Gin

Beefeater 24 Gin

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
  • Liquorice
  • Angelica root
  • Angelica seeds
  • Almond
  • 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.

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11 thoughts on “Beefeater 24 gin

  • September 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm
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    I’ve been pretty excited to try this gin. I mostly feel like Beefeater has been passed on the market by most of the other gins out there, but I wanted to give them a chance to wow me.

    Really love your blog though, it seems that you have tried a great deal of gins that I’ve never seen for sale in New York City.

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    • September 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm
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      Thanks for the comment. It is nice to see others doing similar out there. Gin really seems to be enjoying a renaissance.
      I will have to take some time out of tomorrow to have a read of your blog; it has just turned midnight and I need to sleep.

      There are a good number of boutique gins that don’t seem to make it across the pond. Similarly though, there are some US gins that are hard to find over here. Once I have exhausted the local market, I will indulge in some importing.

      Dug

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  • November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm
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    i have found Beefeater 24 fulfills its potential more in modern cocktails from a martini to the modern trend for tea based cocktails – it is delicate and needs a few goes to apprciate in my experience.

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    • November 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm
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      I drank the whole bottle in the end, but it just didn’t tick my G&T boxes. I will bow to your superior knowledge of it as a base for other cocktails though, as my experience is extremely limited there (okay, let’s not beat around the bush; non-existent).

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  • January 5, 2011 at 2:02 pm
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    Gotta agree with the Gin & Tonic, a real shame IMHO. I did quite like this neat though, it is one one of the few gins I would happily sip from a glass.

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  • January 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm
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    Hi there,
    I am a gin enthusiast from germany and I am reading this blog with great joy (not just because it reflects my own opinion on taste and value more often than not)
    I reckon I am still being a novice in the world of gin having sampled about 25 kinds but I always was adamant that beefeater didn’t actually quite deserve the kind of reputation they are running away with.
    Even though I would not call Beefeater Standard a badly made gin BUT for its pricetag it does not deliver. I came across the 24 before and if its pricetag hadn’t been that steep I might have got it for myself giving Beefeater another chance. But I didn’t. And now, reading all this, I am glad. Because it seems plausible to me.
    I really do like this blog a lot and will remain a loyal reader

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    • January 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm
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      Thanks for the comment, and the compliment.

      Beefeater 24 worked well in a few martini variants that I have tried, but it didn’t do it for me in a G&T. I am really interested in trying the limited editions that they have produced (summer, winter and market) before they disappear. One day.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 5:52 am
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    Hi,
    I’ve just read your blog while researching beefeater 24. I appreciate that it was written a few years ago and was wondering if you still don’t like this gin? I was surprised by your review as this gin is one of my favourite guns to work with (I am not affiliated with beefeater in any way might I add). It makes a wonderfully soft noted martini especially when mixed with lillet. You can accentuate the orange and grapefruit zest with the peach notes of the fortified wine. But as you mentioned in the comment later your not a martini drinker so please give it a go.

    As for the G&T how was you garnishing your drink? I thoroughly recommend drinking your G&T with a great wedge of ruby grapefruit in your glass. Don’t squeeze it just twist and place it in with your ice and build the G&T over it. The oils from the grapefruit skin will bring your gin to life.

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    • September 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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      It just didn’t tick my boxes; it’s gins like this that really highlights the subjective nature of gin appreciation.

      Pink grapefruit isn’t a stranger in my glass and if I have it in, I tend to prefer it to lime.

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  • June 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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    Bought this in the airport yesterday and immediately after sampling it I was so confused that I looked for reviews.
    It’s definitely not a typical gin, pretty disappointing indeed.
    Well, at least it was cheap (12 gbp)

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    • December 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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      I’m glad that I wasn’t the only person that didn’t ‘get’ Beefeater 24.

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