Booth's Gin

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Booth's Gin was a well-known and widely consumed make of London dry gin, founded by a Lincolnshire branch of the ancient Booth family in about 1740.[1]

Booth's Gin was most famously sold in distinctive hexagonal glass bottles. Its paper labelling alluded to the Red Lion distillery in Clerkenwell where the drink was originally produced,[2] and to the heraldic crest of the Booth family.

Known as the "gentleman's gin", reputedly it was a favourite of both Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Mother.[3] English novelist and critic Sir Kingsley Amis (1922–1995) favoured Booth's as a mixer for pink gin.[4]

The brand, owned by Diageo Spirits, ceased production in 2017.[5] In November 2018, the brand was sold to the Sazerac Company.[6]

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  1. ^ "Review of Booth's Finest Dry Gin by the GIN is IN". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  2. ^ British History Online [1]: 'Clerkenwell Road', in Survey of London: Volume 46, South and East Clerkenwell, ed. Philip Temple (London, 2008), pp. 385-406.
  3. ^ The Greasy Spoon: "it's not just about haute cuisine"
  4. ^ "Ode to the gin & tonic"
  5. ^ "Review: Booth's Recipe No. 1 Finest Dry Gin Cask Mellowed". 3 April 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Diageo sells portfolio of brands to Sazerac". 12 November 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2019.

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