"Oh, you got that one," Rob said, expecting instead to see some strolling gent on the label. "A lot of people don't like the taste."
I was sceptical. Except for boutique brands like Hendrick's, I figured they'd all pretty much taste the same. I sipped my next G&T with more awareness and enjoyed the slightly bitter taste.
The bottle is traveling with us on the boat, and after several days I noticed some etchings on the side of the tinted glass.
What gives Bombay its distinct taste are these infused botanicals:
- Juniper Berries from Italy
- Lemon Peel from Spain
- Coriander from Morocco
- Angelica Root from Saxony
- Orris (Iris) Root from Italy
- Grains of Paradise from West Africa
- Cubeb Berries from Java
- Cassia Bark from Indo China
- Almonds from Spain
- Licorice from China
The exotic flavours are vapour infused, rather than boiled together with the spirit, which yields "subtle aromatic flavours for a cleaner, crisper, more balanced taste." From a recipe created in 1761.
The Bombay bottle is a great colour and the etchings are quite lovely. It made me think of those bottle crafting kits a from a few years back, where you cut the glass and polish the edge. Sure enough, there are some for sale through etsy "recycled botanicals."