Gilbey's London Dry Gin (40%)
London Dry Gin
Gilbey's // USA
The Gilbey's brand was founded in England in 1857 with the brand becoming so popular as to warrant a license to distill in the U.S. in 1938 to keep up with demand. The brand is now currently owned by Beam Suntory and this London Dry Gin is sold in the U.S. with an ABV of 40%. Its botanical makeup isn't disclosed, but the base is a 100% neutral grain.
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.
"Juniper is present and accounted for, but there is also an underlying straw and medicinal aroma (perhaps some anise?). The gin is harsh going down and has a bittersweet orange finish. The botanicals don't really stick around long except for the orange. This is a serviceable gin, but a fine cocktail is not what is prescribed here; best to pour into some punch or just serve with seltzer."