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Bombay Sapphire East launched in test markets in the US in 2011, the first line extension from Bombay Sapphire in its history. Much of the original thinking behind the new variant was to improve the G and T offering especially in the US where many tonic brands are over sweet, the result of being made with the dreaded corn fructose syrup. So first off East is bottled at the punchier strength of 42% ABV. Then there’s the addition of two new botanicals, Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns, to the standard juniper, citrus, angelica, orris root, coriander, liquorice, cassia bark, almonds, cubeb berries and West African grains of paradise recipe.