Beefeater London Dry Gin
HISTORY IN THE MAKING, EVERY DAY.
Heritage, quality and London provenance — all the things that make Beefeater Gin one of the world’s most awarded gins.
In fact, the Chelsea distillery, located on Cale Street, opens under the control of the Taylor family. This would go on to become the first home of Beefeater Gin.
In addition, James Burrough, founder of Beefeater Gin is born in Devon. He fashions a career as a pharmacist, which leads him to Toronto, Canada.
Burrough, returns to London and purchases the Chelsea distillery for 400pound. He produces liqueurs, fruit gins and punches. He counts the prestigious Fortnum & Mason amongst his customers.
Burrough starts producing many different brands of gin, including Beefeater, named after the Beefeaters at the Tower of London.
BEEFEATER BECOMES AN INSTANT SUCCESS AND BECAME THE DISTILLERY’S FLAGSHIP BRAND.
Beefeater production moves to Hutton Road in Lambeth. The distillery is named after its forerunner, Cale Street, to help retain its heritage, while production is increased due to the purchase of the latest distilling equipment.
On the search for more space to keep up with demand, Beefeater moves to its present home in Kennington, a site once occupied by the Haywards Military Pickle Factory.
Beefeater accounts for three out of every four bottles of gin imported into the US and in 1963 was the only gin selected to be on board the maiden voyage of the QEII to New York.
Beefeater leaves the Burrough family after almost 100 years, and is sold to Whitbread.
Desmond Payne becomes Master Distiller.
Pernod Ricard acquired Beefeater Dry Gin and a programme of reinvestment in the brand begins.
The launch of Beefeater 24, Desmond Payne’s contribution to the Beefeater legacy.
Using James Burrough’s original Still No. 12, with a capacity of only 268 litres, the exclusive cask-rested ‘Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve’ is launched.
Edition 2 rests in red and white Bordeaux casks, giving the gin soft notes of oak, hints of dried fruit and a subtle liquorice finish.
Hand-selecting the finest botanicals, a precise distillation process and the world’s most experienced gin distiller are all reasons why Beefeater, has become the world’s most awarded gin.
THE FINEST BOTANICALS
Beefeater is one of the few global gin producers whose Master Distiller is still actively involved in the selection of its botanicals. Each year Desmond Payne, the world’s most experienced gin Master Distiller, personally tests over 200 juniper samples – to ensure Beefeater’s bold flavour and character remains present.
We hand weigh our botanicals by our small but passionate team of three stillmen. Then we will add it to the still. Moreover, this is the level of care needed for a real London Dry Gin.
Furthermore, we enhance the bold taste of Beefeater by our 24 hour steeping process. This process helps to extract the maximum amount of flavour from the botanicals into neutral grain alcohol before distillation.
After steeping for 24 hours, we turn the stills on and heat the contents, turning the liquid to vapour. Moreover, this vapour carries through the essential oils from the botanicals and is then condensed back to liquid form. The flavour of each botanical comes through at differents times during the distillation.
In addition, as the liquid passes through our Spirit Safe, we determine which parts of the run will use to make Beefeater gin. We discard the early parts (the head) and the end (the tail). Only the flavours from ‘the middle cut’ will become Beefeater gin. Our stillmen make a perfectly timed decision using nothing but their expertly trained noses. We call this the ‘perfect cut’ and every drop of Beefeater is treated to this attention to detail.
Beefeater London Dry Gin
Beefeater London Dry Gin represents the modern, pulsating and energetic London. Moreover, Beefeater London Dry has a remarkably clean flavour. Moreover, it has a bold juniper character that is balanced with strong citrus notes. As a result, it makes it the perfect gin to enjoy with the tonic of your choice.