Bulldog London Dry Gin is not your average gin – it is bold, vivacious, and a refreshing take on the popular distilled spirit, an impressive, premium gin that includes poppy and dragon's eye, has a taste all its own, and can be used to create some very impressive cocktails.
The definition of the brand, which was coincidentally released in the Chinese Year of the Dog (2006), begins with the bottle. It is dark, stout, and crowned with a spiked dog collar around the neck, making it is as eye-catching as the liquor inside is captivating.
Bulldog Gin is not a gin that will reform the vodka drinker. No, this gin is for lovers of gin: real gin, filled with an array of flavors not found in any other spirit which helped to set the Martini apart from every other drink. Bulldog is complex, to say the least.
What is Bulldog Gin?
While gin is only gin if juniper is its dominant flavor, the remaining botanicals distilled into that gin differentiate one brand from another. Included in Bulldog's flavoring ingredients are poppy and dragon's eye, both of which can be notably traced in the taste.
Poppy is a familiar herbal taste, similar to the poppy seeds that top some breads. Dragon's eye is a Chinese fruit that is also called Longan and is similar to the lychee. Dragon's eye has been used since ancient times to stimulate vitality and sexual stamina.
Distilled four times in copper pot stills, the rest of Bulldog's botanicals are equally intriguing. The neutral grain spirit is flavored with twelve botanicals in total, including juniper, angelica, lemon peel, coriander, orris, licorice, cassia bark, almond, lavender, lotus leaves, white poppy, and dragon's eye.
Drinking Bulldog Gin
An endless list of cocktail possibilities can be had with Bulldog Gin. The Dirty Dog (Bulldog's name for a Dirty Martini) is captivating when the olive brine plays off the sweeter citrus. At the same time, it pairs beautifully with the gin's darker spices.
Bulldog Gin can play well with sweet flavors. The Cherry Bitch cocktail is a great example that throws an array of sweet fruits – from cherry to apple – into a mix that displays it's sweeter side. Since dragon's eye has natural stimulating effects, it is also very appropriate that it be used to ease hangovers in the spicy Hair of the Dog.
You will also enjoy Bulldog in unique cocktails like the Plumdog Millionaire. In this recipe, the gin is paired with plum wine and lavender soda and it is a true delight for any cocktail connoisseur.
There are very few drinks in which Bulldog will not work. If you're accustomed to mixing a London dry like Beefeater or Tanqueray, switch those drinks out to Bulldog and see what you think. That subtle difference in the botanicals makes a big impact and it's with crafted gins like this where we can breathe new life into gin cocktails.
Bulldog's unique flavor array also makes it a viable substitute in cocktails created for 'new Western' style gins. If your recipe calls for Hendrick's or Aviation, try it with Bulldog.
The gin lover will enjoy this enlightening experience. It begins with a full bouquet of floral and citrus fragrances that tantalize the senses and invite one to guess their sources.
The initial introduction of flavors is one of subtle juniper that leads into a crisp harmony of countless botanicals. With each sip, new notes can be found with lavender, citrus, and juniper dominating. A short, warm, floral finish is a fine finale for the Bulldog Gin journey.
About Bulldog Gin
- London dry gin, quadruple-distilled in the U.K in copper pot stills.
- Distilled with juniper, dragon's eye, poppy, and nine other botanicals.
- Released in 2006.
- Retails for around $28 per 750ml bottle.
- 40% alcohol by volume (80 proof)