Gin - Traditional Dry

Beefeater London Dry Gin

From: England Liquor Review Category: Traditional Dry Gin

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90th Percentile
This score falls in the 90th percentile of all spirits in the Gin category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2012

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2011

Proof66 Notes

The Beefeater Gin is their flagship brand of gin and one of the more recognizable brands in the world. It's made with juniper (of course), Seville orange peel, almond, orris root, coriander, angelica root, liquorice, and lemon peel.

Beefeater Gin was named Best Gin in the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits competition.

The 2012 Beverage Testing Institute declared it: "classic," which is good or bad depending upon your gin preference.

The Beefeater Distillery traces its roots back to 1820 in London where it was purchased (formerly Chelsea Distillery) by pharmacist James Burrough. He produced several different brands of gin, the most famous of which was Beefeater named for the Beefeater's of the Tower of London. The brand was purchased by Pernod Ricard in 2005, which asserts a large re-investment program in the brand.

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This bottle has 28 ratings and 23 reviews.
Vossmeister Vossmeister (53) (2016-06-12)
Standard gin
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tnmike1 tnmike1 (38) (2016-05-10)
Wonderful all-purpose gin. Use it for g&t and martinis. If you're just drinking gin to mix with tonic save your money and buy Gordons. But if you go from tonic to martinis this is your gin
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StevenSauce StevenSauce (59) (2016-03-05)
4.5 stars. traditional but very mild. very little juniper, bit citrus, balanced. doesnt excite but very nice, great all around gin, best served with a lemony tonic or roses lime juice.
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Erzengel Erzengel (49) (2016-02-14)
Nice smooth herbal juniper, sharp but flavourful. Not too deep but nice herbal juniper in the ending. Nice for mixes!
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alverstone14586 alverstone14586 (3) (2015-12-18)
"Very dry Beefeater martini, straight up, with a twist." For me... Heaven on Earth.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2015-12-19):
AGREED (but I'll take an olive instead of a twist)...

KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (125) (2015-10-23)
My house gin. Not quite as smooth as Tanqueray in a martini but the flavors are slightly more pronounced. Makes a great G&T (I like mine with lemon) and probably stands up in a negroni better than any other gin. At $18 in my area, it's an incredible value.
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Eainca (2016-01-05):
Agree with G & T. with juice of 1/2 lemon and quinine tonic water.

ericdrinksliquor ericdrinksliquor (41) (2015-04-14)
Great tasting. Recommend this if someone wants to get into gin.
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jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-03-23)
A no-frills classic, as much an example of its category as the Mustang is of muscle cars. It will do just fine in any gin cocktail, and for a low price... but I have served many a martini to many a bar patron and I can say that the most consistent expressions of approval have been from those receiving a simple Beefeater martini. Shake the Beefeater with a little vermouth of your preference, serve the frosty strained beverage to your customer or guest, and watch the satisfaction as they sip and realize that they are experiencing something authentic and uncomplicated.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2015-03-23):
Well said! I ordered a Beefeater martini at dinner Saturday and the simple pleasure of watching it being made and then paired with a great steak helped make the evening. When done right, there's not a better cocktail.

Phizbin (2015-04-04):
Nice to hear... Beefeater has always been kind of a closet favorite of mine. I'm glad others agree!

BDanner BDanner (105) (2015-03-13)
Gin as it should be. Broker's is my go to, but is hard to find in bars. This makes a great substitute. Classic, juniper-heavy gin. Shines in both Martinis and G&T's, and the price is right.
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kneejoel kneejoel (6) (2015-03-08)
One of my personal favorites. Classic juniper nose and flavor, this is the real deal for a gin and tonic or martini. 10x better than bombay or tanqueray
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DakotaGuy DakotaGuy (60) (2014-06-14)
A true classic, and a gin benchmark. Can't go wrong.
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rjk8807 rjk8807 (3) (2014-04-08)
Great classic gin at a low cost compared to others of the same quality. Perfect for a G&T.
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flintquatch flintquatch (196) (2014-01-12)
entry gin. classic for cocktails and even decent to sip. Not bad for the price. Wont disappoint if you enjoy your gin.
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antiquecollector antiquecollector (28) (2013-08-08)
Great quality classic gin, the flavors are well balanced.
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Kenneth Kenneth (21) (2013-05-26)
As other reviewers have noted, this is pure, classic gin. Very pleasant juniper palate and finish, wonderful for sipping.
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Allan Allan (160) (2013-05-05)
I really do not prefer Beefeater. I enjoy classic dry gins such as Tangueray, Boodles,and even Gordons but there is something in Beefeaters I don't care for. Maybe a bit to much anise or licorice.
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TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (32) (2012-08-28)
First let me admit gin is not my favorite.  Decided to try neat.  It has the smell and a bit of the taste of grain alcohol.  Definite gin flavors.  What you expect in a gin and tonic or a martini.  
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aarebalo aarebalo (1) (2012-02-22)
1.75 Litres London Dry Gin.
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dfwitt dfwitt (21) (2012-02-20)
One of the originals and one of the best--a must have for any home bar--makes the quintessential gin & tonic.
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ehotonic ehotonic (14) (2011-09-07)
This is real gin. Plain and simple. I like the "modern" stuff -- some of it is outstanding -- but sometimes you want that big, perfumey, strong punch of a nice and crisp old style gin. This is where you should look for that. Always a bottle in my bar.  
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-08-28)
One of the dying breed of classic old style gins with no apologies. A retro- or retrograde type of gin of the type before the sissified 'lighter' gins started to be blended to lure the fear of flavor crowd away from their vodka "martini" abominations. Made from simple, traditional ingredients - no gimmicks, secrets herbs or spices- just good gin. Sadly, one of few gins made the old fashioned way in a copper pot still, a labor intensive method that has fallen from favor among most distillers.

Only the truly committed (or committable) still use copper pot stills to produce a gin with the resulting heavier and more complex flavors than what the column or coffey stills others produce. "Gin is a fiddlely thing to produce" to quote a (obviously English) distiller friend of mine made especially difficult to produce with a pot still. Paradoxically costs about 1/2 of the price of other premium gins.

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AspiringAdvocate AspiringAdvocate (2) (2010-06-27)
For a truly classic taste in a Gin cocktail, I go to Beefeater. It's not my favorite, but it brings the right mix of flavors for the right price.
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Irishman Irishman (271) (2009-06-21)
I like Beefeater better than Tanqueray.
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