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23 May 2024



Botanicals distillery

Beaufort XO Gin, a distinctive spirit crafted with precision and boldness, definitely stands out from the crowd. This gin is the brainchild of the British Navy-inspired brand Beaufort Spirit and is tailored for those with a penchant for intense and bold spirits.

Its most striking features is the use of smoked water in the distillation process, a novel approach that imparts a complex, smoky flavour rarely found in gin. This smoked water, when combined with traditional botanicals, creates a profile that is both innovative and somewhat reminiscent of the sea.

The botanical mix in Beaufort XO Gin includes Juniper Berries, Coriander Seed, Angelica Root, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Orris Root, Liquorice Root, Szechuan Peppercorns, Pink Peppercorns, Oak Smoke. The real kick in the tail however is the strength. At 57% ABV it matches the old Navy Strength gins of the past.

Aesthetically, Beaufort XO Gin is just as striking. The bottle features skull and cross bone and nautical imagery, plus black decanter-style bottle, embellished with a hand made pewter ‘seal’. All of this reinforces the maritime theme that is central to the brand's identity.

Tasting notes for Beaufort XO Gin reveal a robust and layered drinking experience. The initial taste is intensely smoky, followed by the freshness of juniper and a complex mingling of the earthy and spicy undertones from the additional botanicals. The finish is long and warming, with a lingering smokiness that invites contemplation. This profile makes it an excellent base for cocktails that benefit from a bold, smoky character, such as a smoked martini or a gin-based Bloody Mary.

Pairing Beaufort XO Gin with food requires dishes that can stand up to its robust flavours. Smoked meats or rich seafood dishes like smoked salmon or grilled oysters complement the gin’s maritime and smoky nuances. For a cheese pairing, a mature cheddar or smoked gouda would harmonise beautifully with the gin's complex profile.

In the wider context of the gin market, Beaufort XO Gin represents a bold departure from more traditional, botanical-driven gins. Its emphasis on smoke-infused flavours and naval-inspired botanicals caters to a niche yet growing segment of gin enthusiasts who are eager to explore new taste horizons just like you!