Colombo London Dry Gin
Distilled to a unique recipe using seven spices and botanicals, Colombo No.7 is a distinctly Sri Lankan take on a London dry gin.
Four native botanicals—cinnamon bark, curry leaves, ginger root and coriander seeds—combine with base notes of juniper berries, liquorice and angelica, to create a beautifully balanced, subtly spiced gin.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. During the second world war when spice trade routes were closed, their intrepid founder sourced these four native ingredients from Colombo’s cinnamon gardens—determined to prove that a fine London dry gin could be made in Sri Lanka.
Today, Colombo No.7 is made to their original 70-year-old recipe, distilled in small batches in traditional copper pot stills. It’s best enjoyed now as it was then: with plenty of ice and crisp, good-quality tonic. Garnish with curry leaves.
A hefty dose of sugar sweet juniper greets the nose, joined by a spice that is zesty and bright, rather than curried. Colombo No.7 smells like an honest to goodness gin, redolent of bright purple juniper berries and tropical forests.