I have long felt a special relationship with Bombay Sapphire gin.
Sure, I enjoy others -- G'vine, Hendrick's, Boodles and so on, but Sapphire was my first love.
Well, it turns out the iconic infused spirit has been seeing other guys -- and gals. According to the International Wine and Spirit Record (IWSR), Bombay Sapphire has become the world’s top premium gin with a global market share of 31.7% for the 12-month period ending Dec. 31, 2008, now that all sales figures have been analyzed.
The best-performing markets for the Bacardi Ltd. product have been in the top international gin markets -- the U.S., United Kingdom, Spain and travel retail, outperforming the category in both value and volume. In 2008, Sapphire racked up a compound annual growth rate of 11.7%, according to IWSR.
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