◾Boodles London Dry◾
was born in the mid 1800s, takes its name from Boodle's gentleman’s club in St. James's, London.
Famous members of Boodle's gentleman’s club included former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and James Bond author Ian Fleming, which of course makes Boodles an obvious choice for a Vesper.
Rumour says that Boodles was Winston Churchill’s favourite gin.
This London Dry Gin disappeared for a time, but was re-born in 2013 and was repackaged and rejuvenated under new ownership in 2013, and is now produced at the Greenalls distillery.
Boodles Gin is made out of clean spirit distilled from British wheat and is then infused with a number of traditional herbs and spices including a blend of Juniper, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Angelica Seed, Cassia Bark, Carraway Seed, Nutmeg, Rosemary and Sage it contains no citrus a decision that wasmade by the distillers who expected a gin & tonic to include a slice of lemon or lime.
The boodles is bottled in two strengths; a European version at 40% and one designed for the U.S. market at a higher proof (45,2%) , we reviewed the U.S version! ◾Tastingnotes◾
A crispy beginning with juniper and earthy (fresh forest)notes . Once you got through these aromas you get various spices and some light rosemary.
On the palate, the earthy note take the lead roll with Angelica, coriander and a touch of cinnamon. Then he get’s a little spicy with white pepper and some other herbal aromas. It strikes me that the juniperberries are more moderated as in the nose.
A medium long finish with a herbal character that ends nice dry and fresh. ◾Gin Tonic◾
I prefer the combination with the San Pellegrino old tonic but a AQ Monaco tonic also works very nice.
As a garnish you could keep it very simple and classic and use a lime wedge. ◾Conclusion◾
In my opinion the Boodles is an outstanding classic London Dry gin who always will be in my collection, but you have to get your hands on the U.S market version! The extra 5,2 % abv makes a lot of difference and puts it to a higher level! ◾Score◾ 94/100
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