Beefeater Gin
by F. Sot Fitzgerald

Beefeater Gin requires no introduction.  Any bar you go to, no matter if it is a pricey club in Manhattan or a dumpy cowboy bar in Texas, will likely carry it.  There is good reason for this.  Beefeater is an inexpensive and very good gin.

I'm sure those who have read my other gin reviews are tired of hearing me say it, but I reiterate this truism about gin- the sine qua non of good gin is that it must be smooth.  Cheap gin makes for stinky drinks that throttle the throat and fry the nasal passages.  Cheap gin also makes for hideous hangovers.

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On this count, Beefeater succeeds swimmingly.  Yes, Beefeater is 94 proof and does have some alcohol ester.  Nevertheless, Beefeater remains quite smooth and very drinkable.  It's dry, piney, and it has hints of herbal spice- orange coriander and angelica I'm told.  It's a quality gin that goes well with grapefruit juice.  With tonic and lime it is quite crisp and refreshing- good for balmy days.  As for making a martini with it, I suggest shaking up two shots of Beefeater and 1 ounce of Vya Dry Vermouth.  Vya's wild herbal taste well complements Beefeater's forthrightness and together they make a splendid martini.  (Rating ***1/2)

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