Introduction of Beefeater Gin
History of Beefeater
Meet the world's most awarded gin: Beefeater. The London Dry's gin's origins date all the way back to the 1820s to a Distillery called The Chelsea on Cale Street. This would one day become the first location of Beefeater Gin. Founded by a pharmacist, James Burrough, the gin grew more and more popular over the next century. By 1963 the gin accounts for 3 out of every 4 bottles imported into the US. And it was the only gin to be selected to be onboard the QEII voyage to New York! The rest is history and it is still one of the most popular gins in the world!
Where’s The Beef?
With a name like Beefeater Gin, there has to be some meat involved along the line somewhere, right? Wrong. The name is actually in reference to the Yeomen Warders. The warders are the now ceremonial guards that attend to the Tower of London. They are casually referred to as, you guessed it: Beefeaters!
All in a Day’s Work
At times, it can be challenging to find unique aspects in different gins. Obviously, they are all made from juniper berries, herbs, and some form of citrus. Beefeater, however, does add some unique steps to their process. They steep lemons, oranges, and the other ingredients for an entire 24 hour day. It is then distilled after the steeping process is complete.
Home, Sweet Home
Unlike some brands offering London dry gins, Beefeater is true to its name. Beefeater is one of only nine gin producers located in London itself. Other popular producers still in London include:
A Little Variety Goes a Long Way
Beefeater keeps it relatively simple regarding its offerings, similar to Tanqueray gin. With only four primary offerings and a one-off flavor, Beefeater focuses on maintaining a standard quality throughout its gins. Beefeater does pump up the botanicals with nine, as compared to a Tanqueray that uses four.
Beefeater Gin Prices
The Beefeater brand offers a small sampling of gins yet quite a variety in price point, as seen in table two at the end of this section. Let’s take a look at the difference between their lowest priced offering, Beefeater London Dry Gin, and their pricier option, Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Edition 2.
Table One: Beefeater Varities
Juniper & Citrus
Reserve Edition 2
Juniper & Dried Fruit
Rest in Oak Casks
As you can see, the Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Edition 2 is a far more exclusive product. Distilled in an original copper still and stored in oak casks, it adopts a flavor unique to both Beefeater and the gin world as a whole.
Options Comparable to Beefeater
Beefeater presents itself at the middle price point of the gin market. While there are some priced about $10 lower than its London Dry Gin, Beefeater is known to be more comparable to the more “recognized” brands. Here is a short list of some brands that have also won similar awards and reviews, and their price points, listed from highest to lowest price.
Obviously, there are a variety of dry gins out there from more to less expensive than the Beefeater London Dry Gin. At some point a personal taste test may make all the difference in deciding which is best.
Table Two: Common Beefeater Gin Prices List
Beefeater London Dry Gin
Beefeater London Pink
Beefeater Burrough's Reserve Edition 2
Beefeater London Garden
$98.99 - $128.99
Beefeater Cocktail Recipes
Now for the fun part! Here are several recipes to use your Beefeater gins in. Beefeater recommends their Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Edition 2 be enjoyed “neat”. Meaning, some ice...and gin. The recipes below will utilize the Beefeater London Dry Gin.
Yeoman Warder Passion
Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake! Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon and lime. Perfect after a long day of guarding the Tower of London.
The Bumble Bee
First, put crushed ice in a glass. Then, stream honey over ice. Stir while adding cold gin. Add lemon splashes and garnish with a lemon wedge. Enjoy. Buzz, buzz!
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake! Strain into a cocktail glass. Tada!