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Episode 44: Bombay Sapphire
Episode 4419th February 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 44 features Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, a very popular gin in a blue bottle. Bottled in 750mL at 47% ABV, or 94 proof for me in the US market, 40% and 80 proof through most of the rest of the world, it retails for about $22.

Enjoy this episode with a classic Gin & Tonic!

Bombay Sapphire's official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1761 - Thomas Dakin founds a distillery and creates a list of botanicals for a gin recipe
  • 1961 - G&J Greenall's of Warrington, England, expands production with room for contract distilling
  • 1960s - American Allan Sorbin begins importing Greenall's Warrington Gin to the United States that is rebranded as Bombay Dry Gin
  • 1987 - Bombay Sapphire is launched
  • 2000 - Bombay Sapphire sells a million cases that year
  • 2019 - Bombay Sapphire sells 4.7 million cases that year, making it the third most popular gin worldwide

Key Cocktails:

Bombay Sapphire is perfect for a Gin & Tonic.

The St-Germain Cocktail:

  • 1 part Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 3 parts quality tonic, like Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water
  • Lime wedge garnish

Combine all the ingredients over ice in a glass, stir gently and serve with a lime wedge.


Gin Made Me Do It - Book by Jassy Davis

Proof: The Science of Booze - Book by Adam Rogers

Bon Appetit Article on Types of Gin

London Dry Gin Regulations Overview

Wikipedia Article on the Gin Craze

Wikipedia Article on Gin Lane by William Hogarth

Difford's Guide Article on G&J Greenall's

Wikipedia Article on Bombay Sapphire

Wikipedia Article on the Star of Bombay

Statista Report on Top Selling Gin Brands

Statista Report on Bombay Sapphire Sales Volume

The Spirits Business Article on Bombay Sapphire History

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