Star Of Bombay London Dry Gin

70cl, 47.5%

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  • Appearance: Crystal clear.
  • Aroma: Rooty and earthy with fresh juniper berries, Christmas tree pine, musky and nutty, freshened with coriander, orange oils and elegant spice.
  • Taste: Pine is more prevalent with coriander and strong rooty, earthy and musky notes. Sapphire-like pepper adds to the punchy alcohol spice.
  • Aftertaste: Rooty, earthy and musky notes come to the fore in the long finish which fades with pronounced pine and a lingering bitter bark note.
  • Overall: Rooty and spicy with relatively subdued juniper. A digestif gin perhaps.

Star Of Bombay London Dry Gin

Star of Bombay London Dry Gin got its name, starst at a place somewhat unexpected. The girl with the curls a.k.a. Mary Pickford was one of the most prominent silent Hollywood actresses. In 1909 alone, she appeared in fifty-one films, by 1916 it was said that only Charlie Chaplin was more popular. She starred in fifty two films throughout her career, earning a vast amount of wealth playing an all manner of character. Her second husband, Douglas Fairbanks, whom she married in 1920, was famous in his own right in the same circles. You might recall him as the star of such silent epics as Robin Hood and The Mark of Zorro. As two of of the biggest stars of the silent era, the two were one of Hollywood’s first power couples and both amassed a great deal of money, that is until talkies became a thing.

Hollywood fame and Hollywood money bought things that were out of the reach of most. The 182 carat star-cut sapphire discovered in Sri Lanka, known as the Star of Bombay, was bought be a U.S. jeweler and placed in a Platinum ring. Douglas purchased the ring and gave it to his wife. The stunning sapphire, among the best known named Sapphires [along with the Bombay Sapphire] was given to the Smithsonian Institution by Pickford after she died in 1979. “We want this Sapphire,” their gem man said upon seeing it, “it is much brighter than our others– we will trade them odd.” The money from the purchase of the ring went to the Pickford foundation and is still used today to fund scholarships for kids, and well the Star of Bombay, it’s part of the Smithsonian collection, and a great name for a gin which aims to be an amped up interpretation of Bombay Sapphire with Ambrette Seeds and Bergamot Orange Peel, and distilled extra slow to maximize the flavors of the botanicals.


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