Closure: Synthetic stopper
Product of: United Kingdom
Originally launched in 1993 and aimed at the travel retail market, this premium Beefeater expression named after the Crown Jewels displayed at the Tower of London (watched over by the Beefeater guard) was discontinued in 2009 with the release of Beefeater 24. Crown Jewel was resurrected late in 2015 Read more
Sampled on 15/04/2016
(sample batch No.1, bottle No. 1425) Crystal clear.
Pronounced zest citrus – orange and grapefruit – with bursts of pine fresh juniper, parma violets and gentle spice.
More citrusy (although less orangey) and at a higher alc./vol. than regular Beefeater, Crown Jewel bursts onto the palate yet is rounded and dry with plenty of juniper plus hints of parma violets, candied citrus peel, liquorice and zingy white pepper.
Refreshing and cleansing pine finish fades with white pepper tingle.
Tasting an old bottle of Crown Jewel against the resurrected incarnation, the aroma and flavour of the two are virtually identical. It is a brilliantly balanced gin with juniper, citrus and white pepper spice presented in harmony, but it is the floral parma violet notes from generous use of orris root that set this gin apart. (Same about the bottle.)