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.
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.
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.