BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST
I have only just now learned about a new version of Bombay Sapphire Gin, known as Bombay Sapphire East. Based upon what I have read, it contains Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese peppercorns.
It sounds very appealing to me. But I have yet to find a bar in my area that stocks it. I did find one local bartender who told me she is going to order it.
If you are familar with Bombay Sapphire East, what is you opinion of it?
If you happen to like it, what kind of cocktail do you like which goes especially well with it?
Wow, I have always loved Bombay Sapphire, and now I have a new version to look for. I wonder if this will be a choice to have with Asian food, or just a new version of the usual. Thanks for the tip.
PS -- Totally great handle, Pontius Palate.
It is excellent! I think it is much better than the original Sapphire. It has the same recipe, but with the lemongrass and peppercorns added. It can be used in any gin cocktail. It is very versatile. In Sept. 2011 I was at the release party in NYC and they had around 15 different cocktails using it.
It's not in the Old Tom style. Wikipedia states that it was created for the US market to complement the sweeter tonic water.
I just tried it for the first time today in a Negroni, but the peppercorn overpowered the drink. Then a Gin & Tonic (Schweppes) and it was interesting, but just ok. May need to try with a different tonic - Fever Tree or Fentimans - to see if that makes a difference.
I just picked up a bottle here (UK) and looking forward to opening it. I have read that it makes a great Negroni, my cocktail of the moment.
Recently I had a twist on a Negroni in an Asian street food restaurant. It was one part gin, one part Aperol, half part Martini Rosato and half part Lychee Liqueur. I think it might work really well in this drink.
Pontius: I picked up a bottle in North Central Iowa a few weeks ago [$26] and I am really enjoying the two new botanicals [lemongrass and peppercorn]. I am a Bombay Original over Bombay Sapphire drinker, but the BS East version may very well be one I reach for more often in the future.
P.S. I recall you being a martini drinker and I can see it holding up in it quite nicely.