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Beefeater 24? Anyone try it?

Fritish Oct 22, 2009 12:18 PM

I recently saw a bottle of gin that didn't look terribly familiar. It's called Beefeater 24. It looks like it's billing itself as a new high-end gin. Apparently it is made with sencha green tea and the 24 refers to a 24 hour botanical steeping period.

Apart from that, I don't really know much else. Any hounds here try it or know anything more about it?

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  1. barleywino RE: Fritish Oct 22, 2009 02:44 PM

    reviews describe it as more herbal and citrusy than regular Beefeater...I tried it as part of PDT's (NYC) Spice Trade cocktail, which was fantastic

    1. yarm RE: Fritish Oct 23, 2009 10:39 AM

      We got to try it at the release party here in Boston about a month ago (as well as getting a bottle from the Pernod-Ricard reps). Basically it is smoother due to more of the heads & tails (impurities) in the distillation being thrown away than normal Beefeater. And with more botanicals (especially citrus and tea) than normal Beefeater. With that, B24 costs a bit more than the regular Beefeater, and the differences can only be detected in certain cocktails (Martini, yes; Pegu Club, maybe not so much). An excerpt from the blog post we wrote about it:

      "Beefeater 24 is more citrussy than normal Beefeater with peels from Spanish grapefruit, lemon, and Seville orange in the botanical mix. Also noteworthy in the 12 botanicals are two teas -- Japanese Sencha and Chinese green tea. Desmond Payne, Beefeater's master distiller, added the tea in homage to James Burroughs' (who founded Beefeater in the 1800s) father who was a tea merchant. Tasting the gin straight, the citrus notes stood out the most with the tea being a little more subtle. In addition, the juniper was a lot more subdued than in the regular Beefeater."
      rest is here: http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/20...

      1. proof66 RE: Fritish Oct 27, 2009 06:10 PM

        Yarm is right on: interesting botanicals--including teas--in this thing.

        We haven't gotten to try this yet but it scored poorly at (relative to other gins anyway) at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009 getting a bronze medal. (By comparison, Blue Coat Gin from Philadelphia won as "best gin" and the regular Beefeater gin received a gold medal.)

        --Neal (Proof66)

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