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Sep 8, 2013 07:09 AM



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?


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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

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      1. re: JMF

        Is it similar to an old tom style gin?

        1. re: versicle

          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.

      2. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: hawkeyeui93

            It makes a great martini, especially with Dolin dry vermouth and Angostura orange bitters.

          2. Went looking for it today at my local (central Connecticut) bottle shop and was told by the proprietor that Bombay Sapphire East is in "test mode" and currently is available only in New York and Las Vegas.

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            1. re: FarFar

              That was true when it was first released Fall 2011, but it's now available elsewhere. I know from a web search I did in November 2013 that it's in Illinois, Arizona, California, Washington state, Virgina, Florida, Minnesota, Massachusetts...

              1. re: JMF

                How does it work in a:

                Gimlet and a French 75? Have you tried it either of those?

                1. re: Dapuma

                  Works well in most recipes. I've had it in a fresh gimlet (fresh lime/simple syrup, not rose's cordial) It's dryer than the regular sapphire. A good all purpose gin.

                2. re: JMF

                  Where did you find it locally?

                  1. re: mats77

                    What do you mean by locally? I'm in the NYC 'burbs, so local is Westchester County and NYC.

                    1. re: JMF

                      Sorry. For some reason I thought you were out of Boston.

                      1. re: mats77

                        I have seen it at Fresh Pond Liquors before, though I am not sure if they carry it regularly so call ahead.

                3. re: FarFar

                  I bought a bottle in Iowa, a liquor control state, a few weeks ago. It is a new acquisition, but nonetheless available.