Review: Bombay Sapphire Gin

Review: Bombay Sapphire Gin

We’re not sure how it happened, but here at Drinkhacker, we’ve somehow managed to review Bombay Sapphire East Gin and Bombay Sapphire Murcian Lemon Gin and even the Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic RTD canned cocktail, but we’ve never formally reviewed the original, classic Bombay Sapphire Gin. Today, we remedy this error and officially pour the clear gin out of the iconic blue bottle to give it the attention it deserves.

Bombay Sapphire has held fast at its higher proof, clocking in at 47% abv since the beginning. Its ten botanicals include almond, lemon peel, licorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise.

Poured in a glass, this is simply a classic, iconic expression of London Dry gin. On both the nose and palate, pine, pepper, and lemon peel come bursting out of the glass, helped along by the higher abv. Midpalate, gentle black licorice notes appear, lending a complexity that lasts through the finish. The various flavors play together nicely in the glass. The gin is a bit hot but it can still be sipped neat or with an ice cube, and it shines in both a G&T and a martini. Also, for the price, the gin is a steal. There are more distinctive and higher-proofed gins out there these days, but tasting it today the product remains a standout in a crowded market, providing the needed proof of why Bombay Sapphire Gin is ubiquitous in bars around the world.

94 proof.


Bombay Sapphire Gin




Robert Lublin teaches whisk(e)y and wine appreciation classes for Arlington Community Education, near Boston, MA. He is also a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and has published books and articles on Shakespeare as well as theatre and film history.


  1. Paul H. on March 2, 2024 at 12:33 pm

    This is really what keeps me coming back as a reader; reviews of standard fair that the average person can easily find, and afford, at pretty much any local pub or package store, and should still be able to find next year, and next decade. As we’ve all seen, inexpensive doesn’t always mean cheap.


  2. Garth, Christchurch New Zealand on March 26, 2024 at 11:23 am

    Interesting. In New Zealand, and in England according to Dave Groom in his book “Gin How To Drink It’, this is marketed at 40% alcohol by volume, not 47%. To me, Bombay Sapphire seems a bit subdued and ho-hum, it appears you have it better in the USA.

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