Boodles London Dry Gin was born in the mid 1800s, taking it’s name from the London Gentleman’s Club – Boodles, of which Winston Churchill and Ian Fleming were famous members. Rumour says that Boodles was Winston Churchill’s favourite gin. The Gin disappeared for a time, but was re-born in 2013, as part of the Greenall distillery family. The thing that makes Boodles Gin different is that it is not made with any citrus botanicals, the assumption being it will be served with a citrus fruit garnish.
Boodles Gin is infused with a number of traditional botanicals, herbs and spices, containing a blend of Juniper, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Angelica Seed, Cassia Bark, Carraway Seed, Nutmeg, Rosemary and Sage. An accessible gin, quite low cost and available in a lot of supermarkets (UK) as well as off licences.
Smooth, mellow, herby and spicy and of course the traditional juniper flavour all come to the fore with Boodles Gin. A light gin, there’s nothing over-powering or strong here. On the nose, quite floral, a little juniper with those hints of herbs and spice.
Where you see the lower price point is in the finish, ever so slightly sweet then bitter. However choosing the drink carefully and how you serve Boodles will mitigate that.
This gin is ideally suited to a simple Gin & Tonic with citrus fruit. Serve it with a wedge of lemon or lime, lots of ice and tonic. Another good use of Boodles gin would be in a Martini with dry vermouth and a garnish of lemon peel.
We picked up our bottle of Boodles Gin in Sainsburys, Sprucefield. I haven’t seen it available in supermarkets or off licences in the Republic of Ireland but you can pick it up online – Buy on Master of Malt