Discover all you need to know about Beefeater London, the world’s most awarded gin, at the Beefeater London Distillery. The distillery is in Kennington, South London, just a short tube journey from London Bridge. Born in 1862, Beefeater London is over 150 years old and named after the ceremonial guards of the Tower of London.
The Kennington distillery is just over 50 years old. The distillery tour walks you through the history of London Gin dating back to when gin first came to London. The tour starts with the famous “Gin Lane” print by William Hogarth in 1751. We got to see the evolution of gin cocktails, the effects of prohibition on gin in London and then got to see where Beefeater came into the picture. I love their branding with the iconic red colour and very bold, proudly British style bottles and posters. I very much enjoyed seeing how the brand has evolved over the years and their various marketing campaigns.
The Beefeater Gin
We got to discover the nine botanicals used in the gin and of which have made Beefeater’s unique award-winning taste. The botanicals include; juniper, angelica root, angelica seeds, coriander seeds, liquorice, almonds, orris root, Seville oranges and lemon peel. We tasted three different gins. We had; the London Dry Gin, Beefeater 24 and the distillery special, Monday’s gin. Each one went up in ABV from 40% to 48%. I preferred the classic London Dry, however the other two gins demonstrated what happens when the distilling process changes (Monday’s Gin) or when more botanicals added (Beefeater 24).
After the gin tasting, we were given a tour around the heart of the distillery. We got to see the original Victorian pot stills which still make the Beefeater gin and learn about the hand-crafted production process. The tour ended with a refreshing gin and tonic in the gin bar. The tour price is only £16, which is great value given how much you see and learn as well as how much you get to drink. Overall, I really recommend the tour as something fun to do in London for fellow gin fans like myself.
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