Ultimate Gin Guide VI: The History

It has been a while since the last article about gin. So, I thought I update the Ultimate Gin Guide. In this first article, it is all about the history of gin. There might be some dispute as to which spirit came first Genever or gin. So, this is why we start at the first written document. On top of that, we also shortly dive into the chemical compounds in juniper berries and therefore gin.

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One Bottle One Drink – Twentieth Century

Besides gin, there is a long tradition for juniper spirits here in Germany. Through the gin renaissance juniper distillates like the Eversbusch Doppel-Wacholder came into the focus of spirit enthusiast. This is why, as an introduction to a few new articles about gin, I also wanted to take a closer look at this liquor. The ideal cocktail to do that seemed to be the classic Twentieth Century cocktail.

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Pay the Man – Stork Club Aromatic Rye Korn & Gölles Edelbitter

Every once and a while it is time for a change! To celebrate the new look here on the blog, I made a Boulevardier style cocktail. Apart from that, it seems like the traditional German spirit korn is again in high demand. When paired with a great bitter liqueur like the Gölles Edelbitter, the resulting drink is quite enjoyable.

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Bloom – By The Dutch Batavia Arrack

Similar to the Old Genever, also the second product I want to present to you from By The Dutch follows a special production process. The Indonesian Batavia Arrack is similar to rum, but at the same time, with rice as a fermentation starter, it is also different. Using this as inspiration, I created a drink revolving around rice and tea.

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Spirited News 05/2019: Plantation Guatemala X.O. Amburana Cask Finish

Every year all spirit nerds and rum aficionados are waiting for the new Single Casks releases from Plantation Rum. This year I choose the Plantation Guatemala X.O. with a rather special finish for presenting. That being said, for Ferrand the South American wood Amburana almost is a common cask type. Nevertheless, the rum has a rather intriguing flavour profile.

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Mr. Doom – By The Dutch Old Genever

When everyone is still talking about gin, it is easy to overlook its ancestor genever. However, because of its heritage, complex production techniques and its unique taste it is well worth a try! At the Ginfinity 2019 I tried the By The Dutch Old Genever a version of the most traditional style of Dutch genever. Its similarities to gin, combined with a malty base note, made it quite easy to come up with a great sour style drink recipe! 

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