Gin is a spirit that originated in Holland. There, genever (a simple juniper brandy) first appeared in medicine in the 16th century. The gin, which is produced by the aromatization of ethylalcohol, came to Great Britain via British soldiers in the Dutch-Spanish War (1568-1648). The mostly colorless spirit, which always contains juniper and must be bottled with at least 37.5% alcohol, has now become known all over the world and is also one of the most widely used spirits for cocktails.
Neutral alcohol and various botanicals are used to make gin. The gin finally gets its taste from the botanicals. The botanicals can be soaked in the alcohol cold (maceration) and warm (digestion). The duration of the maceration or digestion varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. The flavored mixture is then usually distilled (with the exception of compound gin). The shape and size of the stills and the speed of the distillation are decisive for the quality and taste of the end product. After the gin has been distilled, it usually has an alcohol content of over 95%. After the distillation, the freshly distilled gin is stored in steel or metal containers and left to rest. This rest period also varies from brand to brand and can last for several months. In the meantime there are also some gin brands that store their gin in different casks based on the model of other spirits. These cask aged gins are particularly suitable for pure tasting and, in contrast to common gins, less suitable for mixing long drinks like gin and tonic or for making cocktails. After the gin has come to rest and has settled, it is diluted to the desired drinking strength with selected water with the appropriate properties and the desired quality. The strength must be at least 37.5%.
Depending on the added substances and the details in the manufacturing process, the gin can be classified into the different categories London Dry Gin, Dry Gin, New Western Style Gin, Plymouth Gin and Compound Gin. The category of dry gins is of the highest quality. Accordingly, our focus is on this category. There is also the Sloe Gin, a gin that is mixed with sloe berries or its juice, which is significantly sweeter than conventional gin and is bottled with a significantly lower alcohol content.
Incidentally, we also have our own gins in our range, which are produced by a friend of ours according to our wishes and recipes. If you are looking for your own gin, we will be happy to arrange it.