All Ginned Up

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Canadian gin drinkers may have received unanticipated Gin & Tonic doubles when it was reported by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that a batch of Bombay Sapphire bottles left the bottling plant twice as strong as advertised.   From the recall report, the CFIA stated “this recall was initiated after the discovery that, during production, one batch was bottled before correct dilution to achieve the stated 40% alcohol content by volume.  As a result, the affected batch has alcohol content by volume of 77%.”

Bacardi Limited, which produces Bombay Sapphire, confirmed to USA Today that six Canadian markets were affected: Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.  The recall affects 1.14-liter bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin sold in Canada with lot code L16304.

Thousands of bottles were affected but only a small percentage have been confirmed returned or destroyed.  As reported by Canada’s National Post, the recall was initiated after an unsatisfied customer from Ontario reported the extra potent gin.

The popular gin even edged out the super strong Bacardi 151 Rum with the affected bottles sporting a 154-proof alcohol content.   The recall was announced on May 3rd, although anyone who happened across one of these potent Bombay Sapphire bottles may not recall much at all.

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