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Desmond Payne – 50 years distilling the best

Desmond Payne may still be unknown by some, but his is one of the most important names in the world of Gin, and in particular, the Pernod Ricard universe, where he is currently responsible for Beefeater and Plymouth Gins.
Desmond has been connected to distillation for 50 years. He began in the wine business but his contact with spirits, when he worked for Seager, Evans & Co, woke his passion for them. From passion to practice was simple and at 21 years old he left London to work in the Plymouth Distillery.
On an adventurous and successful route, Desmond has learned much and applies all of his knowledge acquired over the last 50 years. The proof of this are the 8 Gins he has to his name, produced more or less one per year.
Beefeater 24 deserves to be highlighted, Desmond himself makes it, making one of the most iconic Gins of our times. A classic but irreverent Gin. A gin that respects the old traditions of London Dry Gins, but which brings new approaches and new aroma profiles.
Also in his portfolio, Beefeater Burrough’s, in an homage to the founder of the British company, which is now going into its second edition, and Beefeater Crown Jewel, one of the more exclusive lines, alongside other variations of Beefeater London Dry. 
We congratulate Desmond and look forward to his next creations.

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Beefeater Crown Jewel

Beefeater Crown Jewel is a limited edition - the batch number for each bottle is found on the back label.

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Beefeater Crown Jewel

Beefeater Crown Jewel was presented to a gathering of bartenders and friends, at Gin Lovers Principe Real.
Despite being a novelty in Portugal, Beefeater Crown Jewel is actually a re-edition of the Crown Jewel launched by Beefeater in 1993. In effect, it would have been the first premium Gin, on a par with Bombay Sapphire, at the time, both aimed at the duty free market.
This “new” Crown Jewel remains faithful to the original recipe, an evolution from Beefeater Dry Gin .
To the nine botanicals in Beefeater Dry Gin have been added grapefruit, and diluted has been reduced so that Crown Jewel, with 50%vol, has a significantly higher alcohol content than Beefeater Dry Gin.
Since it is an evolution of the original Beefeater recipe, Crown Jewel is simultaneously the base for the making of Beefeater 24, the Gin which came to substitute it in 2009. To the ten botanicals used in Crown Jewel, Desmond Payne added two new ones: Japanese Sencha tea and Chinese green tea.
The new bottle, similar to the other bottles of the English brand, is inspired by the Tower of London, seeking to invoke the old legend that the monarchy will fall if the Ravens ever leave the Tower. Thus the figure of a Raven landing on the royal orb that is the O in Crown has centre stage on the label. On the sides of the bottle are inscribed the names of eight Ravens that inhabit the Tower of London. Despite a few alterations, the bottle is similar to the one that was discontinued in 2009, but its purple glass makes it very different to the original clear bottle.
One last thing to mention is that Crown Jewel is a limited edition - the batch number for each bottle is found on the back label.
It is available in Gin Lovers online shop.

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Beefeater Crown Jewel | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 50º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, Almond, Angelica root and seed, coriander seed, lily root, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel, juniper.

Brief Description
Beefeater Crown Jewel was born in 1993. The “first” premium Gin was produced from the original Beefeater recipe, using grapefruit as its tenth botanical, and was aimed at the Duty Free market, an ultra-exclusive niche market at the time. Later on, in 2009, Crown Jewel was discontinued, opening the door for Beefeater 24, a decision which caused some “upset” in the many fans it had gained over the years. This new re-edition is faithful to its original recipe but brings some slight alterations in the bottle, namely with the change in name of the ravens that live at the Tower of London, to which Crown Jewel pays homage. The almost umbilical connection between Beefeater and the city which saw its creation and, in particular, the Tower of London is well known. The legend says that if the ravens leave the tower, the Tower and the monarchy will fall. Crown Jewel follows the rules of the Beefeater house. Omnipresent Juniper and the citrus touch are also signatures here, detectable in the first aromas released. In the mouth, Crown Jewel reveals a fairly robust Gin, with its 50 volumes of alcohol playing a part, full of juniper and a citrus touch where grapefruit occupies central position. Despite its high alcohol level, Crown Jewel is an extremely smooth Gin.

Other versions Beefeater Dry Gin | Beefeater 24 | Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve | Beefeater London Garden (seasonal edition)

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Beefeater Dry | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 40º 
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, Almond, Angelica root and seed, Coriander seed, Lily root, Orange and Lemon peel, and Juniper.

Brief Description
Since its beginnings, Beefeater has been connected to the city where still today it is produced. It’s not odd, then that James Burrough baptized the brand with the name given to the guards of the Tower of London. From its first home in Cale Street, where it was born in 1876, Beefeater has also lived in two other homes. The first was in Hutton Road, Lambeth, where they had to move to up production to meet demand, the second, for the same reasons, in Kennington. The latter is the still the home of Beefeater.
Beefeater Lond Dry Gin is, today, one of the symbols of the city it calls home, but also one of the iconic London Dry Gins. From the first pungent notes of Juniper that leap from the bottle to the palate where it remains at the forefront, backed up by the markedly citrus notes, it is all that a London Dry should be. The 9 botanicals used in its production are the base of the recipe of all the Gins that Beefeater makes.

Other versions Beefeater 24 | Beefeater Burrough's Reserve | Beefeater Crown Jewel | Beefeater London Garden (seasonal edition)

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Beefeater 24 | England

Origin England
Alcoholic Volume 45º
Type London Dry Gin
Known Botanicals Liquorice, almond, root and angelica seed, Chinese green tea, Sencha Japanese tea, coriander seed, iris root, orange, lemon and grapefruit peel and juniper.

Brief Description
Brits like tea. Brits like Gin. Gin with tea? Of course. We do not know if this was the reason behind the creation of Beefeater 24 but the results speak for themselves. By adding grapefruit, Chinese green tea and Japanese sencha tea to the original Beefeater recipe, Desmond Payne created their London Dry. The Beefeater 24 is fresher, softer and more floral than the Beefeater Dry. But it is the scent of flowers that we feel when we open the bottle. The juniper notes are less noticed. On the palate, we are surprised by the softness, the elegant and citrus presence of grapefruit and an astringency in the end, signed by green tea.

Others Versions Beefeater Dry Gin | Beefeater Burrough's Reserve | Beefeater Crown Jewel | Beefeater London Garden (seasonal edition)