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Bombay Sapphire – Characteristics and Cocktail Recipes

Introduction

The Bombay Sapphire Gin is one of the most famous gins in the world. It’s famous blue bottle can be found in just about every bar, well-stocked retail, beverage market. Although the brand itself was launched by some New York advertising agencies in 1987, the gin’s recipe dates back to 1761. 

Bombay Sapphire’s price falls around $19 for a 750 ml bottle.The brand has been part of the portfolio of the liquor giant Bacardi since 1998. It remains one of the most sold gins worldwide.

Origins of the name

The name Bombay Sapphire refers to the English colonial past in India. Bombay (now Mumbai) was a prominent sea port for trading exotic spices. The sapphire alludes to the “Star of Bombay”, a blue gemstone that was mined from Sri Lanka. It may well be true that the name figuratively points to the popularity of gin among the British troops during the Raj.

40% vs 47%

The Bombay Sapphire is available in 2 strengths – 40% and 47%.

The popular 47 percent version can only be found in duty-free shop and restaurants. The standard filling with 40 volume percent alcohol in the 0.7l bottle can be found above all in the food retail trade. We advise gin fans to arrange a bottle of the 47 percent bottling through online retailers or friends in the catering trade, as it tastes a lot better than the 40 percent standard bottling.

Especially the Bombay Sapphire Gin is the production method that is responsible for the soft taste of this gin. So- called steam infusion in Carterhead stills is a gentler method compared to classic maceration. The various botanicals are not macerated directly in the alcohol, but hung up in copper baskets between the stills and the cooling coil. The individual botanicals are therefore not heated directly. The Bombay Sapphire Gin is triple distilled and available with different alcohol content: 40% vol. And 47% vol.

Bombay Sapphire Price

The cost of Bombay Sapphire gin is about $19 for a 750 ml bottle, which is similar to the price of Beefeater gin. It is however much below the $60 for Monkey 47 and $38 for Hendricks gin.

Below table contains the average prices of different gins made by the Bombay Sapphire brand.

TypeSizeAvg. Price
Bombay Dry Gin750ml$18.50
Bombay Dry Gin1L$23.50
Bombay Dry Gin1.75L$28.50
Bombay Sapphire Gin750ml$19.00
Star Of Bombay750ml$30.00
Bombay Sapphire East750ml$25.00

Manufacturing

Bombay Sapphire is a London Dry Gin. This means that the gin must be produced in a multiple distillation process, and no dyes and sugar are added during the production. London Dry Gin counts as the oldest category of gin and is therefore also the most traditional. This style was already produced in the 18th century and was temporarily a highly valued drink in the English royal family.

Bombay Sapphire’s recipe contains ten mandatory ingredients that are supplied only from a certain region of the world.

  • Juniper fruits and iris root from Italy
  • Lemon and almond from Spain
  • Moroccan coriander
  • Chinese licorice
  • Indonesian cinnamon
  • Javanese pepper cubeb
  • Angelica from Germany

This combination of rare and unique botanicals means that the juniper notes in Bombay Sapphire are much gentler than that of other London Dry Gins.

The technology for making the Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin is somewhat different from the production of regular gin. The high quality alcohol base is produced by the steam infusion process in Carterhead stills. In this process the botanicals hang in a copper basket instead of being put in the still itself. Alcohol vapors are then passed through the basket, located towards the cooling chambers. Thus the botanicals release their aroma and taste gently and slowly. Steam infusion is a gentler method compared to classic maceration. This makes Bombay Sapphire’s taste complex yet mild.

The water used for the Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin comes from Lake Vyrnwy in Wales and guarantees a 100 percent authentic London Dry Gin experience.

Lake Vyrnwy

Taste Profile

Nosing

The Bombay Sapphire is very mild on the nose, but completely takes up the space in the glass. The alcohol is hardly noticeable, only the notes of the pepper give it a slight sharpness. The main note is juniper, which also includes coriander and citrus fruits. Definitely not a simple gin with a straight line, but rather a complex mixture of all kinds of flavors.

Tasting

Pure at room temperature: The gin is much milder on the palate, with juniper and citrus never really coming to the fore. It has sweet-fruity aromas that remain on the palate even longer than juniper and citrus flavors. The 40% alcohol volume is hardly felt, but the pepper brings a slight zing with it.

In gin and tonic: Classic tonics in particular mix very well with the Bombay Sapphire. We were able to mix a very tasty gin and tonic with the Thomas Henry Indian Tonic, the Schweppes Indian Tonic, the Gents Tonic and the Goldberg Indian Tonic. Even though the gin is rather mild, the mixture with the classic tonic aromas goes very well with the Bombay Sapphire as it leaves enough space for the gin to contribute too.

All in all, a very mild gin that brings something different to the world of London Dry Gins. The taste is overall milder and less dominant in the finish than the Bombay Sapphire East Gin. But for lovers of strong juniper notes both varieties should definitely not be the first choice. 

Nevertheless, the softer gin appeals to a much larger target group in terms of taste, making Bombay Sapphire extremely popular.

Variants of the Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire East Gin
With 2 additional botanicals, namely black pepper and lemongrass, this gin gets a new direction. A gin meant for lovers of peppery flavors in their drinks.
> Bombay Sapphire East review

Bombay Dry Gin

Bombay Dry Gin
The original Bombay Sapphire recipe from 1724 is still being sold. The bottle is the same shape, but without the turquoise color. With 8 botanicals, an original, classic gin and the perfect pouring gin for cocktails. The price / performance ratio of this gin is also remarkable.

Bombay Sapphire Amber Gin

Bombay Sapphire Amber
This variety is a step towards barrel-matured gins. In the Bombay Sapphire Amber gin, 3 more botanicals are added to the basic recipe, after which the gin is stored in oak barrels in which previously vermouth was matured. The packaging is a drastic contrast to the classic blue bottle that one is so familiar with.

Tonic Water for Bombay Sapphire Gin

In addition to various cocktail recommendations from the Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, we also have some recommendations for the right tonic. This gin is well balanced and therefore pairs well with many tonics. If you want to emphasize the original taste of the gin, neutral tonics such as the Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water, Thomas Henry, or Schweppes are very suitable. But with this gin you also have the scope to experiment with floral tonics bring their own aromas.

Thomas Henry Tonic Water
Rating: 5/5

The Thomas Henry Tonic Water goes perfectly with the Bombay Sapphire Gin. The different citrus flavors of the two fit well together. You get a classic gin & tonic with the perfect balance.

Goldberg Tonic Water
Rating: 5/5

A classic tonic with an emphasis on bitter notes. A nice combination in the Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin, especially for lovers of classic taste. The coriander notes of gin are particularly evident in this combo.

1724 Tonic Water
Rating: 4/5

The sweeter aromas of 1724 Tonic Water play the main role in this gin & tonic. You won’t get many bitter flavors. But otherwise it goes well with the Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Indi Tonic Water
Rating: 4/5

The Indi Tonic Water also has floral and fruity aromas. Here the bitter flavors fade into the background and the tonic clearly plays the main role. Nevertheless, G&T with this tonic and Bombay Sapphire gin is admirable.

Schweppes Indian Tonic Water
Rating: 3/5

The combination of the two makes a good gin & tonic. A lot of carbon dioxide, but a clean and classic gin tonic taste

Cocktails with Bombay Sapphire Gin

The gin’s citrus notes can be picked up in various drinks and cocktails, for example in a Tom Collins or Gin Fizz. Here are some more recommendations:

Bramble
Bombay’s recommendation for this cocktail is absolutely justified. This drink is very balanced as the botanicals of the gin go well with the components of the cocktail. The characteristic note of the gin is also retained.

>> Bramble recipe

Gin Basil Tonic
The dominant coriander of Bombay Sapphire and the light pepper notes go perfectly with fresh basil in this cocktail. A lovely mix with a certain oomph! You can also exclude the tonic water completely to make a basil smash.

>> Gin Basil Tonic recipe

Gin and Tonic

Pour 50 ml Bombay Sapphire gin and 200 ml Schweppes Original Tonic into a chilled glass. Add orange zest and a stick of Cassia. Cheers!

>> View Recipe

negroni cocktail in a glass with orange zest as garnish

Negroni

A deceptively simple drink that is bitter, highly aromatic and slightly sweet. It is a classic cocktail hailing from Italy made with gin, sweet vermouth and Campari.

>> View Recipe

French 75 cocktail in a tulip glass with lemon zest and skewered cherry as garnish

French 75

Combining gin with champagne does not sound very obvious at first. With a little sugar and fresh lemon juice, however, you get a very refreshing drink.

>> View Recipe

gin buck cocktail with a half lemon wheel

Gin Buck

This drink is like the gin and tonic, but here ginger ale substitutes tonic water. Given that Bombay Sapphire is more spicy than juniper-forward, it combines well with ginger ale.

>> View Recipe

Bombay Sapphire Price Comparison

Below is a list of prices for Bombay Sapphire gin from stores in USA.

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Seller InformationLocationOffer DescriptionPrice and Size
Prime Wine & LiquorSuffolk, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin (50ml)USD 1.99 / Miniature <200ml
Ace SpiritsHopkins, MN
USA
Bombay Sapphire Gin 50MLUSD 1.99 / Miniature <200ml
Mission Wine & SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Bombay Sapphire Gin 50mlUSD 2.75 / Miniature <200ml
Gil Turner's Fine Wines and SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Bombay Saphire (50 ML)USD 2.99 / Miniature <200ml
Total Wine & More, MilleniaOrlando, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 2.99 / Miniature <200ml
Total Wine & More, S. Las Vegas BlvdLas Vegas, NV
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 2.99 / Miniature <200ml
Universal Fine Wine & SpiritsHoliday, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire 94 Proof Gin 50mlUSD 2.99 / Miniature <200ml
All Star Wine & SpiritsLatham, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire GinUSD 2.99 / Miniature <200ml
B-21Tarpon Springs, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire Gin, London, England, United KingdomUSD 3.49 / Miniature <200ml
Hi-Time Wine CellarsCosta Mesa, CA
USA
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN 50MLUSD 3.49 / Miniature <200ml
The Liquor Store of Jackson HoleJackson, WY
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin (50ml)USD 3.49 / Miniature <200ml
Skyview Wine and SpiritsBronx, NY
USA
Bombay Gin Sapphire, EnglandUSD 3.5 / Miniature <200ml
Total Wine & More, BellevueBellevue, WA
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 3.99 / Miniature <200ml
Oak and BarrelNew York, NY
USA
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN 50MLUSD 4.99 / Miniature <200ml
Universal Fine Wine & SpiritsHoliday, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire 94 Proof Gin 200mlUSD 8.99 / 200ml
Gil Turner's Fine Wines and SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Bombay Saphire (200 ML)USD 8.99 / 200ml
Prime Wine & LiquorSuffolk, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin London (200ml)USD 9.99 / 200ml
James Nicholson Wine Merchant, Northern Ireland
UK
Bombay Sapphire Gin, 70clUSD 10.73 / Bottle
The Corkery Wine & SpiritsNew York, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 200mlUSD 11.99 / 200ml
Total Wine & More, Sacramento ArdenSacramento, CA
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 12.99 / Half Bottle
Kahn's Fine Wines & SpiritsIndianapolis, IN
USA
Bombay Gin SapphireUSD 13.49 / Half Bottle
Gil Turner's Fine Wines and SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Bombay Saphire (375 ML)USD 13.99 / Half Bottle
Total Wine & More, S. Las Vegas BlvdLas Vegas, NV
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 14.99 / Half Bottle
All Star Wine & SpiritsLatham, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire GinUSD 14.99 / Half Bottle
Calvert WoodleyWashington, DC
USA
Bombay - Sapphire Gin London (375ml)USD 15.99 / Half Bottle
Total Wine & More, MilleniaOrlando, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 15.99 / Half Bottle
Prime Wine & LiquorSuffolk, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin (375ml)USD 15.99 / Half Bottle
Lueken's Wine & SpiritsDunedin, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire Gin 375mlUSD 15.99 / Half Bottle
Total Wine & More, BellevueBellevue, WA
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 15.99 / Half Bottle
Benash Liquor StoreCherry Hill, NJ
USA
Bombay Gin Sapphire, EnglandUSD 16.49 / Half Bottle
Shop-Rite Wines & Spirits of ChesterChester, NJ
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 16.99 / Half Bottle
Garnet Wines & LiquorsNew York, NY
USA
Bombay Gin Sapphire, EnglandUSD 16.99 / Half Bottle
North Village Wine & LiquorNew York, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin London (375ml)USD 16.99 / Half Bottle
Total Wine & More, BellevueBellevue, WA
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 17.49 / Bottle
Decantalo.com, Barcelona
Spain
Bombay Sapphire Gin, [preorder], The Bombay Spirits CompanyUSD 17.89 / Bottle
Skyview Wine and SpiritsBronx, NY
USA
Bombay Gin Sapphire, EnglandUSD 17.99 / Half Bottle
Corks on ColumbusNew York, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin London (375ml)USD 17.99 / Half Bottle
Total Wine & More, Sacramento ArdenSacramento, CA
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 17.99 / Bottle
Remedy Wine & SpiritsGlendale, CA
USA
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE DRY GIN 750MLUSD 17.99 / Bottle
The Corkery Wine & SpiritsNew York, NY
USA
Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 375mLUSD 17.99 / Half Bottle
Michael Towne Wines & SpiritsBrooklyn, NY
USA
Bombay Gin Sapphire, EnglandUSD 18.99 / Half Bottle
Total Wine & More, S. Las Vegas BlvdLas Vegas, NV
USA
Bombay Sapphire, EnglandUSD 18.99 / Bottle
Mission Wine & SpiritsLos Angeles, CA
USA
Bombay Sapphire Gin 750mlUSD 19.95 / Bottle
Chan's Wine WorldDestin, FL
USA
Bombay Sapphire - Gin (375ml)USD 19.99 / Half Bottle
MacArthur BeveragesWashington, DC
USA
Bombay Sapphire GinUSD 19.99 / Bottle

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