About Beefeater London Dry Gin 24
In the 1820s, a small gin distillery was established in Chelsea, London, which was later purchased by James Burrough, a pharmacist and aspiring distiller. In 1876, Burrough began to produce many different brands of gin, including the now-famous Beefeater which takes its name from the Yeomen Warders (also known as "Beefeaters") who have guarded the Tower of London since 1485. By 1963, Beefeater would account for three out of every four bottles of gin imported into the US.
The distillery appointed Desmond Payne as Master Distiller in 1995 — with decades of experience, Payne has been named the world’s most experienced gin distiller and personally tests over 200 juniper samples each year to ensure Beefeater’s uniqueness and quality. Once the botanicals — which include Seville orange and lemon peel, whole juniper berries, angelica seeds, coriander and almonds — are selected, they’re put through a 24-hour steeping process to extract the maximum amount of flavor before finally being sent for distillation.
During distillation the ingredients are heated, turning the liquid to vapor, which carries the oils from the botanicals. The vapors are then condensed back to liquid form. While the liquid is passing through the Spirit Safe, the stillmen use their noses to select the ‘perfect cut’ from the run to become Beefeater gin.
Beefeater 24 is Beefeater's premium offering. Launched October of 2008, the gin is distilled in Kennington London, from 12 hand-selected botanicals comprised of a unique blend of rare teas. After 18 months of experimentation, trial and error, the final product is a fresh blend of aromas and incredible smoothness.
This premium gin gets its name from its 24-hour steeping process inspired by James Borrough's family history books. Borrough’s father was royally appointed a tea merchant by Queen Victoria.The signature recipe is comprised of core botanicals that give Beefeater its signature taste juniper, coriander, Angelica, grapefruit and Seville orange peel, along with sencha and Chinese green tea yield a new range of aroma and taste.
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According to Winston Churchill, "The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives and minds than all the doctors in the Empire," referring to the British officers using it to treat malaria in India.
Initially made for medicinal purposes, gin gets most of its flavor from the juniper berries added after the distillation process. It sure has come a long way from the Middle Ages, with the introduction of new botanicals, fruits, and spices, bringing it closer to people of all flavor varieties.
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