Beefeater master distiller Desmond Payne unveiled Burrough's Reserve Oak Rested Gin in 2013, a striking addition to the gin category. This month sees the launch of its second edition.
Top-end, cask-rested Burrough's Reserve is intended to be a sipping gin. Its first incarnation spent time in Jean de Lillet casks, while this second edition is now rested in red and white Bordeaux casks. The result has a complex wood-and-spice nose, with juniper quite dominant, along with some lime peel. The palate is rounded at first, with more ripe citrus, and the suggestion of sweetness, before a big hit of juniper returns to freshen things up. By gin standards it's a rich and opulent spirit.
As if Burrough's Reserve didn't have enough famous names associated with it – Beefeater founder James Burrough, master distiller Desmond Payne – renowned cheesemaker (not to mention that small matter of being in Blur) Alex James has been brought on board. His cheeses were paired with the new gin at its recent launch in Madrid, reviving the 'savoury course' of the gentlemen's clubs of the 19th century.
'I initially created Beefeater Burrough's Reserve to explore a different quality in our gin, with this second edition a continuation of the experimentation,' Payne explained. 'The resting process is extremely delicate, with the mix of red and white Bordeaux hand-selected casks crucial to creating a balanced and distinctive taste and a spirit of the best quality possible. The gin itself is our award-winning London Dry recipe, but it is distilled in the small original 19th century still that belonged to our founder James Burrough.'
Global brand director JC Iglesias added: 'Beefeater Burrough's Reserve Edition No 2 is an exciting step for Beefeater as we continue to explore both tradition and innovation in our gin-making – a cornerstone of our business since the days of founder James Burrough.'
Edition No 2 will be rolling out in the UK this month.
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