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Bombay Sapphire, which is available to purchase in the online shop at Urban Drinks, has been credited with single-handedly reversing the fortunes of gin in recent times. Since the product?s inception in the 1980s, it is true, gin as a whole has undergone something of a transformation in image and success. With Bombay Sapphire leading the charge, the spirit has left the dusty drinks cabinets of 80th birthday celebrations and migrated onto the shelves of the coolest bars and into the backgrounds of the hardest music videos. Bombay Sapphire is a premium gin with an image and a success story to match.
It might be a stretch to say that Bombay Sapphire made colonialism cool, but considering the bottle carries a picture of Queen Victoria, considering that ?Bombay? is to Mumbai what ?Burma? is to Myanmar, and considering that the sapphire to which the name refers is a stolen imperial treasure like the Elgin marbles, connotations which would initially appear loathsome haven?t been able to hold this gin back. The product arrived on the market in the 1980s, and since its inception, gin has gone from an old-fashioned and unattractive spirit to a desirable statement in the public imagination. The innovative and effortlessly attractive blue bottle and the boastful and trend-setting botanical list have helped Bombay Sapphire establish itself not just as a premium quality gin, but as the fire in the tanks of gin?s regeneration.
Bombay Sapphire?s exquisite botanicals
Whether it be the angelica root, harvested from the woodlands of Saxony, the cubeb berries, sourced from Java, or the liquorice, direct from China, Bombay Sapphire?s botanicals are selected with extreme care and attention. Despite Bombay Sapphire?s recipe dating back as far as 1761, its distillation process, which takes place at the idyllic Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, is decidedly innovative. Instead of boiling botanicals directly into the gin, Bombay Sapphire?s ingredients are vapourised individually, before they mix and re-condense together. The result is a gin with a uniquely harmonious and balanced character.
On the nose, Bombay Sapphire, available to purchase in the online shop here at Urban Drinks, is bright and strongly aromatic. Its domineering citrus notes are complemented by a more reticent juniper. The gin?s earthy tones are evident in the taste and are well rounded by notes of juniper and coriander. Bombay Sapphire makes an impression as coolly sophisticated and relaxedly complete as any other gin, a taste experience to match its accomplished and exclusive branding.
Bombay Sapphire in gin cocktails
Bombay Sapphire?s perfect balance of citrus notes and coriander touches mean it is well adapted to any cocktail, and performs as an excellent partner in a G&T. It also does perfectly well in a martini, complementing the vermouth and hiding some of its more offensive pungency. If you feel like pushing the boat out just a touch more, have a stab at the Bombay Sapphire Bramble:
- 50ml Bombay Sapphire
- 20ml fresh lemon juice
- 1tsp caster sugar
- 15ml berry liqueur
- 1 blackberry
- 1 wedge of lemon
- Crushed ice
Put the gin, the sugar and the lemon juice into a short glass and stir it up. Fill the glass with ice and add the berry liqueur, drop the wedge of lemon in, and go for a 3-point shot with the blackberry from the other side of the room. Reward yourself when you get it in.