Bombay Sapphire Gin X Jean-Michael Basquiat Limited Edition
47% ABV, 750 ml, limited edition "Artist Series"
Bombay Sapphire Gin presents its third "Artist Series" collaboration.
Jean-Michel Basquiat is a cultural icon and prolific artist who created a global legacy and has greatly influenced modern and contemporary art. The Special Edition Bottle features the never-before licensed, Untitled (L.A Painting). With a collective mission to inspire and enable creative self-expression in us all, Bombay and the Basquiat Estate bring to life this Special Edition bottle which shines a light on his fearless creativity and meaningful artist expression and transcends generations.
The Bombay Sapphire name originates from gin's popularity in India during the British Raj and the sapphire in question is the Star of Bombay on display at the Smithsonian Institution. Bombay Sapphire has a picture of Queen Victoria on the label.
The flavoring of the drink comes from a recipe of ten ingredients: almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. The spirit is triple distilled using a carterhead still, and the alcohol vapors are passed through a mesh/basket containing the ten botanicals, in order to gain flavor and aroma. This is felt to give the gin a lighter, more floral taste compared to those gins that are distilled using a copper pot still. Water from Lake Vyrnwy is added to bring the strength of Bombay Sapphire down to 40% ABV.
"Sweet, mild, clean fragrance of lemon, juniper and licorice. This is a complex gin; more flavors can be detected with each sip: cinnamon spice, astringent pine needles, a touch of lime zest and, finally, a big licorice finish comes singing through. Slightly oily feel. Great for a gimlet or martini with a lemon twist." Wine Enthusiast 92 Points