Bombay Sapphire East Gin
London Dry Gin
Bombay Sapphire // England
Bombay Sapphire East was released initially in select US markets in 2011 before travel retail and then worldwide release. This is made just like its close cousin, Bombay Sapphire, which is to say by vapor infusing the botanicals. For the East bottling, they add Vietnamese black peppercorns and lemongrass to the 11 botanicals which are used in the standard Sapphire bottling. Water is added to bring down to a 42% ABV strength.
London Dry GinNeutral spirit flavored with juniper and other botanicals. In the US, the minimum ABV is 40%; In the EU, it is 37.5%. Originally, only made in London, this can be made anywhere. No artificial flavors or colors can be added. Only water, neutral grain spirit, and sugar (no more than 0.1g/l) can be added.
"The two added botanicals, lemongrass and Vietnamese peppercorn, do stand out in Bombay Sapphire East Gin and along with the coriander do seem to give it an eastern profile. Overall, the aroma and tasting profile of the botanicals are delicate. It would seem, to do the gin some justice, you should try not to overpower the spices here. Try in a gin sour or even in a gin buck cocktail to help highlight the gin's featured botanicals."