Negative Review: Beefeater Wet Gin

by Will on February 26, 2011

Under no circumstances should any human being consume any amount of this product. Its flavor is of a liquor seeking to imitate gasoline, and the slightest taste of it is sufficient to compel horror and wincing for long afterward. It poisons any quantity of tonic water you may add to it. Neither vermouth nor bitters is up to the task of redeeming it. I would content myself to use it as a disinfectant, but its low proof makes me think it might be found wanting even in that use. I suppose it might be good for bartering following the breakdown of society in the wake of an earthquake, tsunami, or alien invasion.

A neat illustration of this gin’s social appeal: Beverages and More initially priced it at $18.99 per bottle. It is at present discounted to $6.99, and still there appear to be few takers.

I can’t imagine what went wrong. Beefeater’s standard London Dry is perfectly good, and their upper-shelf offering Beefeater 24 is better still. I suppose that everybody makes mistakes.

UPDATE: A reader suggests we could use the stuff as a paint thinner. We’ll see.

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joe April 16, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I had been putting off opening my bottle, because, well, I have eight billion things to drink and had no reason to open this. I finally tried it and agree it is bad, but mixing it with sweet and sour made it work out. With OJ it was a disaster, and I imagine it would make a mess of any tonic I dared waste on it.


Jen April 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

We will have to give that a try! Thanks for the tip Joe.


James J. Griffin July 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I bought this for our 4th of July party this year while I was at BevMo because I thought, “wow, beefeater on sale 66%??”

A lesson in never trusting a brand for brand’s sake. For a similar price point I would much rather just drink Albertson’s brand gin. New Amsterdam is what this must be trying to compete with, but wow, was this Beefeater iteration a categorical disaster.

Wish I had read this prior to my shopping trip, but glad to know I’m not alone in thinking this is an unmitigated disaster.


Jen July 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

It’s sad that a company that sells its gin all over the world would risk its reputation putting such a terrible, terrible product out there. We’re sorry you also had to taste Beefeater Wet!


annie July 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Beefeater WET…another reaction

Had sangria with a shot of regular gin at popular Mexican restaurant. Terrific! Read aboutthis Beefeater WET gin that has added pear juices. We tried the sangria drink again but with the WET gin. Terrific. The pear mixed well with the sangria flavors.

Since the Beefeate WET has been discontinued…try to buy a bottle at tremendous discount and addto a glass of sanria.



Christian July 29, 2011 at 2:17 am

As someone who usually enjoys a Hendrick’s Gin n Tonic I felt this Gin came up a bit short, but not nearly as terrible as the rest of you. It is actually a great gin for people that don’t like gin. My fiance isn’t too keen on the “pine needle” taste of standard dry gin, but she enjoys this in a gin n tonic.

So, gin lovers pass or keep it around for those that aren’t your typical GnT drinkers.


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