Beefeater 24 is being distilled to a new recipe using specially selected botanicals including a blend of Japanese Sencha and Chinese green teas.Beefeater’s original creator James Burrough constantly tried different combinations of ingredients and used seville oranges already in the 1860s.
Sharing Burrough’s passion for experimentation and flavour, Desmond Payne started experimenting too, trying a whole range of botanicals to complement the range of botanicals that Beefeater traditionally uses, resulting the discovery of the tea as a natural ingredient.Using these Japanese and Chinese teas which leaves are steamed after the harvest and thus getting fresh green flavors lifting up the aromas and flavors of the gin itself.Since the 17thcentury, both gin and tea are distinctively brittish.Its disitlled by master distiller Desmond Payne who has 40 years of experience in the business.
This gin is distilled in the traditional pot stills and the spirit and 12 natural botanicals are actually left to steep in the still for a full 24 hours – longer than any other premium gin and its this 24h steeping that has given this gin its name.This process unique to Beefeater and each botanical comes through at different times in the process resulting in a complex, smooth, scented and full flavoured gin.I find this steeping process very interesting! I wonder how the gin tastes at different stages of the steeping?
Partly inspired by the 20th century the bottle is very beautifully designed – marrying the era of the 20s with our present time.
Apart from the teas, Beefeater 24 is made with 12 different herbs from all over the world,including peels from seville oranges and grapefruit.Its 45% ABV.According to Desmond Payne the crucial thing in gin making is the balance – how the flavors work together. And in this gin they sure works fine.The new gin is refreshing and light like a feather, and a bit sweeter than the regular Beefeater gin.Because of its light character its best on its own or in lighter style of cocktails, fresh and fruity.If mixed with heavier mixers it will be lost.
These are the 12 botanicals used:
Japanese Sencha tea,Chinese green tea,seville orange peel,grapefruit peel,lemon peel,juniper,coriander seed,liquorice,angelica root,angelica seed,almond,orris root.
I`ve been curious to try it ever since i read one of my cocktail blogger friends review after the launch party in the UK,and now finally it reached my homebar.To me this gin just shouts for citrus mixers! so citrus is what i choosed to mix with.Perfect for the pre-summer season, needing refreshing light mixers allowing the flavors of this gin to come through.
My two drinks for the Beefeater TDN were these:
2 oz Beefeater 24
1 oz Aperol
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz simple syrup
¼ oz fresh grapefruit juice
Top with Tonic
Shake and strain into a fancy glass with crushed ice.Garnish lime spiral.
2 oz Beefeter 24
0.5 oz fresh lime
1 tsp seville orange marmalade or 0.5 oz seville orange syrup
Top with bitter lemon soda
Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass Garnish orange spiral and if you can find it – a tea leaf.
Apart from the obvious clean gin base Beefeater 24 has nuances of flavors that are quite delicate and i feel its best to keep it simple and go fruity.Of the two cocktails i liked the first one (24 Fresh) most.
I find Beefeater 24 really nice to mix light refreshing cocktails with and i would recommend anyone to try it out.