Finsbury London Dry Gin

Finsbury Gin

Finsbury Gin

When I bought my bottle of Oxley gin, I also bought a bottle of Finsbury London Dry Gin – well, it was on offer and it isn’t exactly expensive to start with.

The bottle is almost like a massive hip-flask; shallow from front-to-back and quite wide. With a yellow label slightly reminiscent of a Boddingtons badge (okay – its a slight stretch) it is certainly a bright and cheerful bottle.

It comes with a metal screw-cap and, like many gin bottles, has a nice heavy base.

Finsbury is a gin of mystery; it hasn’t a website and finding a list of botanicals that is more expansive than “secret recipe” is difficult. In fact, finding out anything about this gin, other than its price, is difficult in the extreme.

The aroma of Finsbury gin is fairly true to the London Dry style.

Sampled neat, Finsbury Gin is quite a sweet, juniper-lead gin with coriander shining to the fore. There is a lingering aftertaste that has echoes of play-doh. All-in-all though, it is fairly mediocre.

Mediocrity aside, Finsbury Gin is another story in a gin and tonic. With Fever-Tree tonic water it makes a very clean, fresh and simple gin and tonic. It has a pleasing bite and the juniper is not only at the core of this G&T, it gives it a very study backbone indeed.

This isn’t the best of the low-price-bracket gins, but it is far from the worst.

Image courtesy of Justus Bluemer on Flickr, under the Creative Commons License.


4 thoughts on “Finsbury London Dry Gin

  • October 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Nice article, a little heard of gin. Is it made by Alcohols/Langley?

    Did you see the Platinum at the Plymouth Gin Wall and of even more interest, the 60% version?

    • October 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      I did indeed see the Platinum at the Plymouth gin wall and tried it. Didn’t see the 60% though (not to say it wasn’t there).

      I couldn’t work out who it was made by. There were a few references around relating it to the Finsbury distillery, but that is gone as far as I can tell.

  • January 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Made in Oldbury, West Midlands

    • January 25, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Ah, that would be the one that exploded and burned-down in November last year.
      Thanks for the info.


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