After years of preserving the traditional Beefeater formula, master distiller Desmond Payne has finally been given the chance to craft his own gin from scratch.
Starting with Beefeater founder James Burrough's classic recipe and the original copper Still Number 12, Payne ages the spirit in Jean de Lillet French oak barrels for several months. The barrels lend the straw-colored gin a velvety mouthfeel and also impart floral notes. Juniper and citrus are prominent on the palate, as well. The initial flavor burst is followed by a warm finish of vanilla and spice reminiscent of a smooth whiskey. This is a sipping gin if ever there was one — but what an indulgent martini it makes!