Take standard Beefeater and add hints of elderflower, blackcurrant, and hibiscus flower and you’ve got Beefeater’s limited-release Summer Edition gin.
At least that’s what it says on the bottle. In my mouth, this tastes an awful lot like standard gin to me, with juniper top notes — always big in Beefeater — still dominating the nose and the body.
Hibiscus, oddly enough, is the most recognizable part of the additions here, giving this gin just a hint of floral character — one that’s probably enhanced by the elderflower in the mix, too.
But on the whole, Beefeater proves that, as with its “24” premium bottling, no matter what it adds to the blend, Beefeater is gonna do what Beefeater is gonna do: Dump a lot of juniper into the mix and call it a night. Yes, it’s a slightly softer gin than you might be used to, but it’s still unquestionably gin and it’s still got that juniper kick. Bring on the tonic.
B+ / $19 / beefeatergin.com