Bombay Gin Prices Guide 2020

Bombay Gin Prices Guide

Is it Made in India?

As is the case with many namesake brands, Bombay gin is not made anywhere near Bombay. In fact, it is made in Whitchurch, Hampshire in England. Bombay gin is named to recognize the popularity of gin during the British raj.

Three Offerings (Four in the UK)

Bombay gin has three different types - Dry, Sapphire, and Sapphire East. These three types offer blends of eight, ten, and twelve botanicals. The Star of Bombay special edition was released to the UK only in 2015.  Bombay Sapphire is arguably the most popular of the Bombay gins and it includes the following botanicals in its recipe:

  • Almond
  • Lemon Peel
  • Liquorice
  • Juniper Berries
  • Orris Root
  • Angelica
  • Coriander
  • Cassia
  • Cubeb
  • Grains of Paradise

Bombay Sapphire East adds lemongrass and black peppercorns, adding a twist to the Sapphire recipe. Bombay Dry features the first eight ingredients.

Bombay Gin Pricing

Bombay Gin Pricing

As you can see in Table 1 below, it appears that the cost rises slightly as more botanicals are added to the recipe. With that said, Bombay gin prices are reasonably similar to other gins of a like quality. Have a look at Table 2, which includes gins in a similar price range.

Table 1: Bombay Gin Average Prices

Type

Size

Price

Proof

Bombay Dry Gin

750ml

$16.99 - $19.99

86

1L

$19.99 - $26.99

86

1.75L

$26.99 - $29.99

86

Bombay Sapphire Gin

750ml

$16.99 - $22.99

94

Star Of Bombay

750ml

$26.99 - $32.99

95

Bombay Sapphire East

750ml

$22.99 - $26.99

94

Table 2: Bombay Gin versus Comparable Gins

Type

Size

Price

750ml

$17.99 - $19.99

Bombay Sapphire Gin

750ml

$16.99 - $22.99

750ml

$14.99 - $17.99

750ml

$22.99 - $25.99

As evidenced in Table 2, Bombay Sapphire is quite reasonably priced given that it is the signature product in the Bombay line of gins. Bombay Sapphire also offers a beautiful presentation in its iconic blue glass bottle, allowing it to look like a more expensive gin than it is.

For a bottle in this price point, one could expect a lack of quality. However, Bombay Sapphire is rated particularly high by the Beverage Testing Institute. Its most recent rating was a 92, which is quite high on their scale. Of course, one must decide on their own if a bottle is worth its cost.

Bombay Gin Recipes

With its ten botanicals, Bombay Sapphire is frequently used in cocktails but can also be used in the simple martini or gin & tonic. Here are some more complicated recipes to include Bombay gins in.

Bombay Cinnamon with a Twist

Bombay Cinnamon with a Twist
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin: 50ml
  • Lemon Peel: 2
  • Cinnamon Stick: 1 (charred - be careful with the fire)
  • Tonic Water: 100ml

Fill a nice glass with ice and stir it around until the glass appears frosted. Then, add in the Bombay Sapphire. Squeeze one of the lemon peels over the gin. Slowly add tonic water and gently stir. Finally, add the cinnamon stick as garnish and tie the second lemon peel to it. Voila!

Luxurious Star 75

Luxurious Star 75
  • Star of Bombay Gin: 25ml
  • Star Anise: 1
  • Simple Syrup: 15ml
  • Lemon Juice: 15ml
  • Champagne: 50ml

Freeze flute glasses ahead of time. Pour all liquid ingredients but champagne into a shaker with ice and shake. Pour champagne into a flute glass. Add shaken ingredients to top glass off. Float a star anise for a visually impressive, thematic garnish.

Negroni featuring Bombay Sapphire

Negroni featuring Bombay Sapphire
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin: 25ml
  • Vermouth: 25ml
  • Bitters: 25ml
  • Zest of an Orange

Fill a tumbler glass with ice. Add ingredients as listed slowly. Give it a gentle stir. Then add orange zest for garnish.

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