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      06.07.2013 22:13
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      A fine summer tipple.

      Despite the best efforts of Hogarth in the middle of the 18th century, I was not persuaded to relinquish the vices of gin entirely for the virtues of beer. Sadly, gin is no longer the dirt cheap option it once was, and if Hogarth were alive today he would probably balk at the messy, lager-fuelled spectacle of our town centres on Friday nights. Chances are he'd switch allegiance and declare gin the real drink of civilisation, especially if he was served a Bombay Sapphire and tonic. I'm very picky about gin. Gordon's is too dry. So is that stuff from London. Hendrick's is lovely, and Tanqueray is OK. And as for the basic stuff lurking at the bottom of the supermarket shelves, forget it. Unless you want something to unblock your drains. There are many more types of gin out there I've yet to try (there's a whole bar in Birmingham dedicated to the stuff, where you can have a Mad Hatter's Gin Party and have G&T served from a teapot), but the touchstone for all of them is Bombay Sapphire. It's not cheap, but it's not horrifically expensive either, and is truly excellent. Bacardi have been making Bombay Sapphire for 20-odd years now, and it has stood the test of time. The attractive, gem-like bottle no doubt helps as it's very distinctive and instantly memorable, but the taste is where it hits all the right spots. Gin can often be overly dry, and leave a claggy aftertaste. Bombay Sapphire is refreshing in comparison. While most gin is made from nothing more than distilled juniper berry juice, whoever came up with the combination of flavours for this one struck upon a winning formula. Doing a bit of research into its ingredients throws up nearly a dozen different herbs, spices and other oddities that read more like the contents of a wizard's brew than a drink. Featuring almond, lemon peel and coriander as the familiar bits, it also lists orris root, angelica and 'grains of paradise'. No doubt the latter is some sort of exotic spice from Indonesia or something, but for now I'd prefer to think of it as a genuine seed-pod from the heavens. The exotic notes are present but subtle when taking a whiff from the bottle, and the taste is one that I'd only describe as unique. Balancing this gin with a tonic to make a palatable and thirst-quenching drink is necessary. However, I find that supermarket tonic or the ubiquitous Schweppes are too overpowering and it's best matched with the more expensive and elusive, but subtler tasting, Fever Tree. This can be picked up from supermarkets every now and again, but if you're really after some go somewhere posh like Waitrose or Booths. Ice is also nice, and a slice of lime (not lemon) also brings out some of the other flavours. You may have guessed by now that I love this stuff, and you'd be right. This is a very fine drink, and its popualrity unsurprising. It's a bit dear at full price, so I keep an eye out for it when it's on offer. During the hot summer evenings it makes for a very refreshing choice if you're in the mood for something alcoholic, which I'm usually not during hot weather as alcohol quickly dehydrates me. It's also a nice aperitif for snazzy dinner parties. It also glows in the dark under UV lighting, though that could be the tonic. Either way it's useful for not getting too lost in a big murky nightclub- I've used a G&T as a homing beacon in such places before now. It's available in different sized bottles, but I find the best value for money one is a 70cl bottle, normally retails for £20 but if you're lucky it can be reduced to 16-17 pounds. Nice. PS Please drink sensibly or not at all. We don't want to prove Mr. Hogarth right!

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        18.02.2013 21:24
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        A lovely fragrant tipple

        I do like a nice Gin and Tonic and for me it has to be Bombay Sapphire well if you're going to drink what is commonly known as mothers ruin you may as well drink the best! What is it? Bombay Sapphire is a Gin that contains 10 Botanical flavours these are Juniper berries, Lemon peel, coriander, and angelica, Orris, Grains of paradis, Cubeb berries, cassia bark, almonds and liquorice all of these botanicals are sourced from the country that has the best and are hand sourced (according to the bottle). The Gin is triple distilled and then infused with the botanicals this is what gives the Gin a lighter more fragrant taste. Cost and stockist Bombay Sapphire can be purchased from all major supermarkets and of course off licences expect to pay around £22.00 for a 70cl bottle. Why buy? I enjoy the occasional Gin and Tonic and I personally like the softer taste of this Gin mixed with Tonic and a twist of lime this is a perfect long drink and it is perfect in all seasons. A more sophisticated Gin.

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        06.12.2012 11:05
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        A nice refreshing drink.

        I'm not a big alcohol drinker but I do enjoy the occasional rum and orange or a beer on a nice summer night. Somebody bought me this for my birthday after I'd mentioned seeing it but never trying it. The bottle is really nice. It's a square shaped bottle with a black screw top lid. The blue tinted glass makes it looks unusual and stand out from other bottles of gin on the shelf. The label is quite posh looking and has the Bombay Sapphire logo on the front. It states that Bombay sapphire was made in 1987 by Bacardi. I always think putting dates on the front of a bottle makes it look so much more sophisticated. The gin itself is clear and has no colour which did suprise me as I thought, because the bottle was blue, that the gin would be a blue colour too. It has a sharp, alcoholic smell which is strong but quite refreshing. You can just about smell the citrusy flavour from the lemon peel. It's a nice thin consistency so you're able to mix it with other drinks easily. I don't usually drink spirits neat but always try a shot before I mix them just to see what it tastes like. This gin has a sharp, crisp taste to it. You can taste the alcohol and it did make me shiver a little bit. It made me feel a little warmer as I swallowed it and I knew then it wouldn't be something I'd drink on it's own. I like to experiment with mixers so I've tried this gin with a variety of soft drinks. The classic is tonic water which is quite nice and the standard, most common way to drink gin. I've also had it with fresh orange juice which is quite nice but very sharp as you have the citrus taste of the gin with a strong taste of orange juice. You can drink it with coke which is my preffered drink as its sweet and strong at the same time. Dr Pepper is also a nice soft drink to mix with gin. I'd previously tried it with Jack Daniels which I relly liked. I quite like the sweetness mixed with the alcohol. This gin is 40% alcohol which is quite high so I don't tend to drink too much of it. I had a few shots of this, mixed with soft drinks and began to feel warm and a bit tired so I realised it is quite strong so take care when drinking this when you're out. Then again, might just be me being old! ;) I'm not a big gin drinker but I would consider buying it again as it is enjoyable. I think I'd buy this brand in future as I've tried it and know I like it. A 70cl bottle is normally around £20, and a litre for about £26.00. I just checked on Asda to get the prices and they're currently on offer with 4 and 5 pound off both sized bottles so if you like it, get it in now! :)

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        27.10.2012 20:06
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        This is the best gin because it is smooth and not harsh

        WHAT IS IT? Gin by Bombay Sapphire.  It is 40% alcohol and comes in a 70 centilitre bottle. HOW DO YOU DRINK IT? The best mixer for gin is tonic and this makes a classic drink with ice and lemon.  I like it mixed with lemonade as well but this has to be as a very long drink with a lot of ice.   THE FLAVOUR Gin has got a strong flavour and it is not very nice to drink without a mixer.  Bombay Sapphire is made with a lot of different ingredients like almonds, liquorice, lemon peel and other ingredients that make it sound very exotic but you cannot taste any of these things in it. I like how smooth the flavour is and it never makes me wince as I swallow it, Bombay Sapphire is not bitter at all and has got a flavour that makes it very easy to drink. WHAT I THINK If I am drinking gin then I always buy Bombay Sapphire because it has got a nicer mellow flavour than other brands of gin and it is very refreshing.  It is a drink I have more in the summer because when you add some slices of lemon and ice with tonic then it makes a very cool drink that is nice to sip when the weather is warm. Bombay Sapphire is smooth so it is easy to drink, it is a light spirit so does not make me feel sick but I never drink too much because I like to make the gin into a long drink and with so much tonic water that means I feel full up and even bloated sometimes before I have had too many drinks. I like the Bombay Sapphire bottle because it is a very pretty pale blue colour that makes the contents of the bottle look blue but it is a clear liquid like any other gin. 4 Dooyoo Stars.

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          19.10.2012 20:02
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          Top-notch.

          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. RATING: 4.7/5 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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          16.10.2012 23:42
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          A lovely wind down gin to enjoy after a hard days work

          Bombay Sapphire Gin I enjoy the odd gin and tonic of a night after a hard day in the office, I have tried quite a range of gins and have been bought some more unusual ones as gifts. One of my old favourites is Bombay Sapphire Gin. Bombay Sapphire is made by Barcardi and was created in 1987. The bottle is quite unique and wholly suits the gin drinks name, being a light blue sapphire colour and a solid rectangular glass carafe. The bottle comes to a thin neck at the top and has a screw on and off cap. The sides of the bottle have some etchings into the glass of ingredients. The Bombay Sapphire label looks very grand and sophisticated, being a white background with gold and light blue writing on the front. There is also a picture of Queen Victoria on the label. Ingredients Bombay Sapphire is infused with ten special ingredients to give it its unique taste - Almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. The gin is a clear and transparent colour when poured, which I always find to be slightly disappointing when it comes out of the lovely sapphire coloured bottle. It is a very thin liquid and the gin itself has a nice sharp and refreshing smell to it with some citrus tones. The gin has a lovely sharp and crisp taste to it, this likely comes from the lemon peel and almond flavours. As well as these you can taste the earthly flavours coming through. It is very refreshing to drink. I find that this gin is nice and crisp enough to drink on its own; however I don't often do this unless I am trying a new gin out. So I mix it with the best mixer that I find compliments gin - tonic water (generally Schweppes). So to make the best G & T you put a few cubes of ice into a long glass, pour a measure of gin and add a good chunk of lime and the tonic water. Mix and enjoy. I wouldn't say Bombay Sapphire is my favourite gin of all time, but it's certainly one of my top ones. This has the double benefit of being tasty as well as a reasonable price. A 70 cl bottle costs about £20 and is readily available in supermarkets and liquor stores. Highly recommended gin!

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          15.10.2012 15:35
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          Great tasting premium gin

          Gin is my spirit of choice, a nice Gin and Tonic, with fresh lime is the way that I like to drink it. Bombay Sapphire can be purchased from Tesco at the moment for £20 for a 70cl bottle (October 2012).. The gin comes in a glass bottle that is recyclable and has a twist off screw lid that is easy to use and dispense into your glass ready for drinking. The bottle makes the gin look blue, but when poured into your glass the gin looks like water. Bombay Sapphire is made from 100% grain using hand picked botanicals that include the following: Grains of Paradise from West Africa, Cubeb Berries form Java, Cassia Bark from Indio China, Almonds from Spain, Liquorice from China, Juniper Berries from Italy, Lemon Peel from Spain, Coriander (Seeds) from Morocco, Angelica (Root) from Sarony, Orris (Iris Root) from Italy. Bombay Sapphire is triple distilled and has what is described as a fresh citrus taste, with a spicy finish and strong juniper flavours and it is 40% alcohol my volume and 70% proof (UK). I think Bombay Sapphire has a very strong and distinctive smell of juniper with a floral note, in terms of taste the gin is easy on the palate, unlike other non premium gins, it has a slightly dry flavour and when mixed with tonic the juniper and floral notes of the coriander, and the citrus from the lemon really comes through. I do not have a sophisticated palate so much of the subtle blend of botanicals is somewhat lost on me, such as the almonds and Orris, though I would have to agree that they are perfectly blended offering me a great tasting gin that I will continue to purchase. Overall I would recommend Bombay Sapphire to others as it tastes great, does not leave a nasty after taste in your mouth like other cheaper gins I have tasted and it looks good too, it is worth paying a little more for the product.

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          13.10.2012 12:44
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          A lovely gin that is worth spending a little bit more for.

          Everyone likes a drink or two. Well, I know not everyone, but everybody that I know and spend time with will at least have a beer or two every few days, and usually significantly more than that. Having lived abroad a few times and meeting people from all over Europe and having friends who have done the same, however, has alerted me to the fact that most countries don't drink as much as we Brits do. Some people may find that cause for concern but I am included among the people for whom that inspires a sense of pride in being from the United Kingdom. We do know how to have fun. While you would imagine Germany to be the same, they don't drink in the same way as we do. Here in Bavaria there is obviously a large selection of beer and every restaurant and pub will serve as much light, dark and wheat beer as you'd like as well as wine, but spirits are harder to come by. My usual pub drink of a gin and tonic has bee replaced by the infinitely more fattening Weißbier (wheat beer) and while I enjoy that, I do miss being able to have a gin or two when I'm out with my friends. When I am somewhere with gin available, I will usually go for Bombay Sapphire if given the choice. == Bombay Sapphire == I'm not going to go into a detailed description of gin, as I'm sure it's something that you're all familiar with even if you don't drink. It is most traditionally (or at least commonly) paired with tonic water and a slice of lime, although it is also present in a variety of cocktails and other drink combinations. I prefer to drink it as part of gin and tonic, however, as this is how I find the spirit is best served. Gin and tonics remind me of when my parents would occasionally have it at home when I was younger and I'd be allowed a little sip. I remember finding it refreshing and exciting, but that was probably largely due to me loving the tonic water and having alcohol (however little) being exciting on its own rather than me being a young G&T lover. Now, however, I love it in its own right and, while I will often drink tonic water on its own, the gin makes it a much more delicious and whole drink. While I do like to drink and get tipsy or outright drunk, gin also tastes really nice when mixed with tonic and, like with wine or most other alcoholic beverages I consume, it's the taste I love and getting a bit drunk can be a happy result. == What I Thought == The reason why I usually choose Bombay Sapphire is that it has a smooth quality and delicious taste without being as expensive as other brands that also taste as good. I definitely prefer it to Gordon's or supermarket brands and only by the later if I'm particularly strapped for cash but want to have gin at home. I'm happy to try other brands in pubs if there are special offers on, but generally Bombay Sapphire is my gin of choice. It complements tonic water very well and makes a lovely drink that I can't help but drink more than one of. There are a lot of alcoholic drinks designed to be easy to drink and get you drunk without really having the taste of alcohol, but I'm not a fan of those any more. I like spirits and other alcohol for the taste more than their effects, and this one has a lovely taste. I know that some people drink vodka and tonic but I find that vodka's taste to be too sharp to complement the tonic water well, which is also quite sharp and fizzy. Gin, while still having a 40% alcohol content, is softer and therefore adds a nice smoothness to tonic water as well as a nice taste. == Conclusion == This is a great gin that I highly recommend. Prices in bars and restaurants obviously vary wildly so you'll have to check how much it costs wherever you go if you're worried about it being expensive. From supermarkets, you can currently get a litre for £22 from Tesco with other places being a few pounds more expensive. While this is obviously more than supermarket own brands or Gordon's, it is nicer and is definitely worth getting if you can find it on offer.

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            18.04.2012 22:30
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            oh my gosh - Bombay Sapphire IS the king of gins!

            When I consider how much gin we get through in our house, Bombay Sapphire in particular, I always have to look back and smile as for years and years I never actually liked gin. I do remember my mum drinking gin and tonic occasionally when I was younger, and I always remember thinking that gin smelt like paint stripper, and that there was no way I was ever going to drink gin myself! Oh how wrong was I! As I got older and started drinking alcohol myself I had a friend that always drank gin and tonic and she was forever trying to convert me into a gin drinker. We regularly used to go for one or two drinks after work, she always had gin and tonics, and I always had tia maria and diet cokes! One evening after a huge row with my boyfriend (now my husband, so the row can't have been all that bad!) we ended up going back to her apartment after the pub for a few more drinks to drown my sorrows. She didn't tell me til we got back there that the only thing she had in was gin! The gin was Bombay Sapphire though. She convinced me to try it, she mixed it with cranberry juice and lemonade and she said that I would like it. She was wrong, I absolutely loved it! I've been hooked on gin, and especially Bombay Sapphire ever since. Bombay Sapphire is definately a premium gin, you can absolutely tell the difference between this and other gins, there's no comparison really. I do like other gins and will certainly drink them and not turn my nose up, but my preference would always be for Bombay Sapphire. My absolutely favourite way to serve it is over lots of ice, with slimline tonic, and a chunky wedge of lime (never lemon). I'll take it with regular tonic and a slice of lemon if that's all there is, but slimline and lime is my favourite way to go. My second favourite way to go is a variation on that first gin that I had back in my friends apartment all those years ago; mixed with cranberry juice and slimline tonic, I do still like it mixed with cranberry and lemonade, but my preference is for cranberry and tonic. So why is Bombay Sapphire so delicious - the flavour of the gin comes from '10 exotic botanicals'; almonds, grains of paradise, lemon peel, licquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia bark and cubeb berries. I can't say that you can taste any of these in particular (well I guess that I wouldn't know what they taste like anyway!), but I can say that for me Bombay Sapphire has a lighter, more citrussy taste than other gins, it is certainly a lot less bitter than a lot of other brands. It has a sweet yet spicy taste, and a very distinctive yet delicious flavour. It also has a very distinctive aroma, more citrussy and floral than other gins, not at all like the paint stripper gin that I remember my mum drinking! Bombay Sapphire is more expensive than other brands of gin, but I feel that it is worth it, having said that though we do always wait til it's on offer before we buy it, or we buy it duty free.

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              A lovely, if rather expensive tipple

              I do love a good G & T of an evening . This puts me somewhat apart from my friends, most of whom would sneeringly deride a Gin and Tonic as a bit of an old ladies drink, or make comments about tramps swigging out of brown paper bags . Gin really doesn't have the best reuptation - in fact, in the past it was often referred to as mothers ruin. These were still the days when beer or alcohol was much safer to drink than the brackish, unsanitised water in the big cities, and with gin being a very cheap and affordable drink to obtain, as well as a great relaxer of morals, it's no surprise that it was a favourite drink of those seeking to obtain escape from dreary, miserable lives. But, before it became so cheaply and readily available, Gin, or Ginevra as it was then known, was considered a health-giving drink. It was a great restorative, and often used to numb the pain of otherwise un-anaesthetised operations, or to treat shock. In particular, Dutch Ginever was often used before such surgery, to give the patient the strength to face the pain to come , and is in fact the origin of the phrase 'Dutch Courage'. Gin can be classy though - and there is no gin quite as classy as Bombay Sapphire . Lets start with the bottle first - whilst many gins come in either plain white glass bottles, or dark green bottles, Bombay Sappire comes in a rather attractive light blue tinted bottle, square in shape with slightly rounded shoulders. To add to the respectability, there is a lovely bordered image of Queen Victoria on the bottle . Now, that old bird isn't particularly known for being a gin drinker, and I think she would probably disapprove of many of the gin based escapades in my past, but her image on the bottle, combined with the name, does subtly hint at the drinks popularity in colonial India (with the stone in question of course being the Star of Bombay. Bombay Sapphire is also a lot more complex than many other gin brands - juniper berries are of course a standard ingredeint in all gin drinks, but as well as these, Bombay Sapphire has nine other ingredients to add to the depth of flavour : almond, lemon peel, liquorice, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. Most gines stoip at around six ingredients, so we're in for a complex drink herev . Thats not to say this drink particularly tastes of any of these things . When poured, this clear drink has an incredibly strong herbal flavour. In fact, I would probably go so far as to say that, taken neat, this drink is awful - it burns the throat, singes thye hairs in your nose, and triggers a coughing fit so bad you could almost be back in the days of the gin palace, hawking up a lung from tuberculosis. But, diluted with a little tonic water, the flavour is toned down an awful lot, and becomes a much more manageable drink, with flavours you can taste and enjoy without killing off your tastebuds . The lemon peel and licourice are for me the most notable elements of the taste - in fact, I dont think I can pick anything else out in the flavour, no matter how hard I try . The drink still has that dry burn in the back of the throat even when diluted, and is still deep and rich in flavour, and I always find that the first sip of even the best measured G & T makes me wince a little at the sharpness . It's pretty bloody strong too, at 40 %. I can certainly see why the mothers and other ladies of times gone by might have lowered their standards and indulged in some naughty behaviour after a few snifters. After two or three of these, whilst I might not be ready to become a fully fledged lady of the night, I'm certainly more than happy to start chatting up bar staff in a manner most unbecoming in a lady. Luckily then, this gin is pretty expensive to buy, stopping me from buying enough on a night out to become a completely ruined mother. It costs around £17 for a 70cl bottle (compared to around £14 for Gordons, £9 for supermarket own brand, and £7 for supermarket basic brand). With that said, it doesn't take more than three G&T's for thing to start looking a little fizzy around the edges, and for an alcohol that knocks your socks off in a few rounds, it can't be beat .

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                09.11.2009 08:15
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                Highly recommended

                All the way through my university years, I was definetly a vodka drinker but since then I've replaced this with gin as it seems to be a generaly nicer drink to enjoy. For a couple of years, I had always stuck to Gordons Gin as it seemed like the safe option. However one day a mate bought me a bottle of Bombay Saphire Gin & since then my consumption of Gordons has declined hughely. The taste of the Bombay is very unique and just feels more natural. Where Gordan's tends to have a very plain taste, Bombay seems to have almost have a more pure taste with a more lemony edge to it which makes it pleasent even without the need for a mixer. I would class this as a premium gin and as a result it's not the cheapest available on the market. Even the smallest bottle size will set you back not far off from £15. However I think this extra premium is definetly worth & you will notice the taste difference. If you're not normally a gin drinker, I would definetly advice you to try some Bombay Saphire Gin as it may just change your mind on the drink.

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                17.08.2009 14:02
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                A great little gin

                I have never been a gin drinker. I'm not sure if it's the taste or just the idea that gin is more appropriate for middle-aged women than teenage girls. However, for reasons I can't quite remember, I decided to join my mother in a gin and tonic on christmas day of last year. Her gin of choice, was and is Bombay Sapphire and I have to say that my mind was changed. For me, vodka or whiskey will always be my tipple of choice but occasionally I love a glass of Bombay Sapphire and tonic. ~What is it?~ Bombay Sapphire is what is typically though of as 0 premium gin. It contains almonds, angelica, lemon peel, coriander, liquorice, cassia bark, juniper berries, cubeb berries, orris and grains of paradise. Interestingly, all the ingredients are shown on the back label of the bottle complete with a little sketch and the ingredients country of origin. I found this to be a nice touch. Bombay Sapphire comes in a blue glass bottle and is designed in a way linking the bottle to India at the time of the British Empire. There is a small picture of Queen Victoria on the front label and the writing does have a very "Indian" style to it. That's why I was suprised to learn that this gin has only been around since 1987 and is manufactured in england. Nonetheless the product is attractice to look at and the blue colour makes it memorable and allows it to stand out from the many other brands of gin in existence. ~The Smell~ I found that depsite being 40% volume and 94 proof Bombay Sapphire has a much lighter and subtle smell than most other gins. From reading the back of the bottle this seems to be due to the way in which the various herbs and ingredients are infused together. I find the smell intriguing and thirst-inducing rather than eye watering as can be the case with some gins. ~The Taste~ This is the area where Bombay Sapphire really shows its quality. The taste is very clean and crisp with very little harshness. I think it is much smoother than other gins making it quite easy to drink. It's also worth noting that although this gin has no real kick as it goes down it is still packed full of flavour. All of the various ingredients give this a wonderfully complex and aromatic taste. ~Cost~ It's premium quality and reputation means that Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin is by no means a cheap drink. It costs around £16.50 for a 70cl bottle in most supermarkets though it is obviously more expensive when purchased in corner shops. However, it can be found in ASDA for the more reasonable price of £13.98. Despite it being the only gin I drink I think it is quite expensive and I can't afford to buy it very frequently. Nevertheless for the occassional treat it's a fantastic drink.

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                  20.11.2008 11:15
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                  Worth a try even though it is expensive.

                  Gin is probably the only spirit that people will claim not to be able to drink, most drinkers can take any spirit for a change but many will completely turn their noses up at a drop of gin. I was very much one of those people till a friend introduced me to Bombay Saphire gin, unlike most other gins this one has a real flavour to it that comes from the Lemon and liquorice in it. Where other gins are very dry and taste highly perfumed and leave a horrible dry after taste in your mouth Bombay Saphire is completely different and with tonic water and a slice of lime or lemonade and a slice of lime it is actually a very refreshing drink and there is no horrible dry mouth or perfumed aftertaste at all. This is my first and only choice of gin and although I am very much still a vodka lady I do enjoy one of these every now and again, after all they do say variety is the spice of life. I often buy a bottle of this now these days and although at around £18 a litre it is much more expensive than other gins, it is well worth the extra. If you are on the lookout now for a bottle of this fine gin then you can't miss it on the shelves, it comes in a square shouldered, transparent aquamarine bottle and looks as refreshing as it tastes!

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                    04.02.2008 21:55
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                    Quality slow distilled gin.

                    Bombay Sapphire gin is orty percentent by volume and it has a rather distinctive taste and is viewed as a premium gin compared with other mainstream brands as it uses a slow distillation process in the production process. Personally I tend to go for vodka rather than gin but I do like to drink this especially on a hot summers afternoon in a nice tall glass full of ice and some tonic water although I prefer lime rather than a slice of lemon in my drink. I find Bombay Sapphire to be a smoother drink than some other brads and it does not have the harshness to it that I find Gordons has. It comes in a distinctive blue bottle and costs £16.99 a bottle at my local supermarket. With reagrds to taste there is a hint of lemon that combines with the slightly perfume aroma of the gin and wilst I would never drink it neat it goes really well with tonic water. If you want to sweeten it up then you can always drink it with lemonade however that does tend to mask the taste to much in my opinion.

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                      01.12.2006 21:15

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                      I too am mysitifed by this wonderful flavor and color. I was not one to enjoy gin until Bombay Saphire Gin. The flavor being clean, crisp and much enjoyed with a special man while enjoying a sunset beside a pond. This is a memory to be cherished and hopeful to happen many more times.

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                    A very complex flavour compared to a lot of other gins, with a strong touch of lemon. This might stop it from being as good a mixer as some others, but it's a real delight to just sip it on a hot Sunday afternoon.