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Bombardier Military Gin

Distillery

Distributed in the USA by Gil Schy Associates Inc., South Londonderry, Windham, Vermont. Unfortunately the actual distillery is unknown but it is imported from the UK and we are led to believe, from Scotland specifically. We would love to hear from anyone who has more detail to add to this.

Website

Unknown.

History

Unknown.

Production

Distilled from 100% neutral grain spirit.

Category

(Military) Distilled Dry Gin. This Dutch style Gin is sweeter compared to traditional Distilled Dry or London Dry Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

43% (86 Proof).

Price Range

$ - $$. Very hard to purchase, we have only identified one online retailer in the USA, Mission Wine & Spirits.

Botanicals

Unknown.

Name

A Bombardier was a non-commissioned officer, equivalent to a Corporal, in charge of a cannon (and the crew) in Artillery regiments of the British army. While responsible for all aspects of the cannon a key role of the bombardier was to shout the order to “fire”. The name comes from the French “Bombarde” which translates (no guesses here) to Bombard, so a Bombardier is one who bombards.

British soldiers returning home from fighting in the Dutch War of Independence brought Dutch style Gin back to England. It is not hard to imagine Bombardiers, with easy access to horses and carts (for transporting gunpowder, cannon balls, digging tools etc. - not to mention the gun carriage themselves), utilizing this equipment to transport cases of the Gin back home to make a profit – perhaps this is the origin of the name, Bombardier Military Gin.

Tasting Notes

On the nose are sweet fruit berry aromas. On the palette this medium bodied spirit shows juniper and peppery spice (coriander), with a slightly sweet taste.

There is limited complexity to this Gin, however it does provide a strong link in demonstrating the historical development of Gin from this era. Think of a grainy character combination of Genever, Old Tom and London Dry Gins and you’re there!

Awards & Accolades

84 Points, Wine Enthusiast.



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