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Bombay Saphire Gin
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Bombay Saphire Gin
Advantages: Taste, strength, quality of packaging, mix-ability.
Disadvantages: Expensive, but you get what you pay for and more!
Gin is a drink loved by lots, and hated by the rest. It's a Marmite type scenario. The drink tastes absolutely revolting when drunk straight / neat, but when mixed with various mixers, the story changes in my opinion. It can taste quite sweet, whilst retaining a sharp undertone which is characteristic of the substance. The taste and personal opinion of Gin is improved ten-fold when Bombay Sapphire is unveiled to an audience. This drink is the top-end and the top-notch, the posh, the best and most fully desired Gin brand in existence. From its intricate branding and packaging, to its crisp and clear taste, you can't go wrong with Sapphire. Not even haters of Gin can complain too hard about the style of this alcoholic product!
For a start, what a name! 'Bombay Sapphire'. It sounds so sophisticated and authentic. Full marks to what ever foreign country it was originally produced in. The truth behind the substance however, rests with Bacardi. They came up with the Indian theme and they only started producing the drink in 1987 - so its theme and authenticity are not really what they seem. But who cares! The branding still works well and if the quality is good, that's all that really counts, surely!?
The drink contains the full 40.0% alcohol (alcohol by volume [ABV]). It is strong, and not to be underestimated. However, it is so easy to do so because the taste is so subtle and mild when mixed, a contradiction to the strength it really has. I'd describe the taste and smell of Gin with completely separate adjectives. The taste is sharp, perfume-like, flowery. The smell is strong, petrol-like, fiery. I think that's what puts people off the drink most, they smell it and then never try it. I'd recommend drinking Sapphire with 25 ml of the alcohol, and 125 - 150 ml of Britvic Tonic (Slimline or Original) or lemonade. Lemonade tends to calm the strong flavours more by encroaching the taste with a sweet and sugary current. Tonic is in its self sharp, and many people dislike this approach to flavour in an alcoholic beverage.
Bombay Sapphire is expensive, but the expense underlines the level of quality. At around £22 - 27 per litre, there aren't many brands of spirit carrying a heftier price tag (in UK supermarkets at least) than Sapphire.
This is a posh mans drink. But I enjoy it nonetheless! When you really want to treat yourself or a friend to something that really does feel special and unique, buy a bottle of Bombay Sapphire to enjoy.
PRICE: £12 (50 cl bottle)
AVAILABILITY: Tesco.com for the price above. Sold at many retailers UK and elsewhere.
RECOMMENDATION: Take this seriously, this is a seriously strong drink after all!
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