Bombay Sapphire East Gin is an interesting extension in the Bombay Sapphire brand. It features all of the botanicals from Bombay Sapphire (juniper, grains of paradise, lemon peel, cubeh berries, coriander seeds, angelica root, almond, orris, and licorice) and then adds lemongrass and black pepper.
As with Bombay Sapphire, the Bombay Sapphire East is a lighter style gin. The entry is soft with fairly soft flavors. As with the nose, the lemon and lemongrass really stand out with the black pepper and juniper not far behind. Flavors in this gin are fairly light and subtle, there’s nothing overly assertive or agressive in the mix. The finish on the Bombay Sapphire East is a little more singular than Bombay Sapphire. Although it’s subtle, you do get a lot of the other botanicals presenting themselves in the finish of Bombay Sapphire, including coriander, lemon, orris, and licorice. With the Bombay Sapphire East those notes are nearly lost, with lemongrass and pepper taking over.