Bombay Sapphire

Founder(s): International Distillers & Vintners

Inception Date: 1986

ABV: 47%

Age: Unaged

Region of Origin: United Kingdom


Bombay Sapphire gin was first launched in 1986 by English wine-merchant International Distillers & Vintners.  Its name originates from the popularity of gin in India during the British Raj.  “Sapphire” refers to the violet-blue Star of Bombay which was mined from Sri Lanka and is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution.  Queen Victoria is pictured on the front of the bottle.


A vibrant aroma features lemon, coriander, and earthy root notes along with plenty of juniper.  The palate is quite dry, and coriander seeps through on an otherwise hermetic finish.


Gin is a neutral grain based distilled alcoholic beverage that derives its predominant flavours from juniper berry.  It originated as a medicinal liquor made by monks and alchemists across Europe, particularly in southern France, Flanders and the Netherlands.  Gin emerged in England after the introduction of “jenever,” a Dutch and Belgian liquor distilled from malt wine. Jenever was historically referred to as “Dutch Courage” and was consumed before battle for its “calming effects.”