Bombay Dry Gin

Bombay Dry Gin

Bombay Dry Gin, similar to its more famous sister Bombay Sapphire, is distilled from a base of grain and imparts the botanicals through vapor infusion.

Bombay Dry Gin is based on a recipe that traces its origins back to the middle 18th century. However, the product itself actually launched in 1960.

The botanical blend is rather traditional and unsurprising— it is after all based on what would have been widely and easily available on the British market in the 1760’s. It includes almond, licorice, coriander, lemon, cassia, angelica, orris root and juniper sources from Saxony.

Tasting Notes

The nose of Bombay Dry Gin is soft. There’s a touch of angelica rounding out then mild juniper with a pine and herbaceous facet. Citrus and a hint of gently piquant cinnamon provide lift. Bombay Sapphire Gin is quite classic with a pleasant roundness and accessible aroma.

The palate is quite creamy. Bombay Dry Gin has an almost vanilla sweetness, reminiscent of gins that begin from a base of wheat— especially red winter wheat. Bitter lemon pith, creamy angelica stalk, and juniper early. Towards the finish juniper melds into soft baking spice notes. Licorice provides a subtle roundness while other sometimes intense botanicals like coriander and cassia fade into the background, barely perceptible.

Cocktails

Bombay Dry Gin is an almost platonic gin. It works well in nearly all applications and a bartender can pour it indiscriminately into any cocktail and have classic-style gin juniper and citrus character come through.

This is a great gin for a simple Gin and Tonic, but it also shines in cocktails like the Martini or Gimlet. Those looking for something bold and juniper-forward may find it’s a tad subtle for bold cocktails like a Negroni.

Overall, Bombay Dry Gin

I sometimes feel as this is one of the most consistently excellent classic, London Dry process gins on the market— that goes somewhat unheralded when people ask “what’s the best classic gin.” While less famous than Bombay Sapphire, those looking for something more juniper-forward should look towards Bombay Dry Gin.

Highly Recommended in its category. 

 

8 thoughts on “Bombay Dry Gin

  • November 30, -0001by Joseph

    Is it OK to give this Bombay Dry 5 stars plus if I gave the Sapphire 5 stars? Sure. Sapphire as a modern gin is a keeper not simply a “gateway gin” IMO and for me a 5 star modern gin. But this more traditional London dry inspired me to try out the old 50:50 martini with both the Dry and Sapphire…and wow on all accounts. Thank you, Derek Brown. As an aside it nudged me towards that 2 parts 1/2 part dry vermouth vodka martini as well (with Finlandia rediscovered). Angostura orange bitters always. Stuck on Bombay? Yeah, baby! Like Blues on Muddy Waters! For an old rounder London Dry (and if you have read Plato and Aristotle). Yes! This stuff on the rocks, in Gin Bucks, Gin and Tonics or Martins? Yes. BTW don’t make the Negroni a litmus test for any gin IMO…this regular Bombay Dry inspired me also to get The Savoy Cocktail Book. Not kidding. So nuanced in some ways its makes it necessary to keep one bottle of juniper- blasting Tanqueray around…

  • November 30, -0001by Jay

    This has been my liquor of choice for multiple years. To me, it is much smoother than Beefeaters which is its main competitor in price. Given the price difference between it and the Bombay Sapphire, the taste of Dry and price value makes it preferable to the sapphire.

  • December 3, 2014by Russell R. Miller

    You gin drinkers might like to read Death of a Spymaster. The main spy guy drinks Bombay gin. The book is good too.

  • February 21, 2015by Kirk

    Why can’t I find regular Bombay gin? Did they stop making it? Is the Bombay Sapphire all they make now? I hope not!

  • September 12, 2015by Doug Fishback (@DEFishback)

    For a savory Martini, I like Bombay London Dry 4:1 with good old Martini & Rossi vermouth. For a cleaner but still very flavorful Martini, try Fords 4:1 with Vya.

  • October 30, 2015by Kuno

    My first time drinking was the original bombay which was two weeks ago, so yes they still sell it…ask for the red bombay which is the original. So they wont give you sapphire

  • July 8, 2017by Anonymous

    Bombay “Red”, (as i call it) is unique in that it has an unusual proofing … 86 … rare indeed in the world of Gin

  • July 3, 2018by Don Cochron

    I have been drinking the Original Bombay Dry Gin now for over 30 years. Can’t find it in the stores anymore. As has been asked, “have they quite making it”?.

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