The history of gin goes back to the middle of the 17th century. At that time English soldiers brought the juniper brandy called Genever from Holland to England and named it Gin. The first major producer in North London was the company Gordon & Co., which was already able to produce a triple distilled gin at that time. Regarding the quality the hard brandies of that time cannot be compared with the noble drink of today.
In the course of the years, different methods for the production and the improvement of the taste of the gin were tested and introduced again and again. When the first distillation apparatus for the production of pure alcohol was invented in 1832, a gin was created that was produced in classic pot stills and stood out for its sweet-sweet note: The London Dry Gin. This type of gin laid the foundation for many of today's high-quality gin varieties. In the 19th century a new gin type was also created, which was called Old Tom Gin. This gin is significantly sweeter because sugar is added during the production process.
Gin is known for its typical, fine note of juniper. However, it is not distilled from juniper, but gets its juniper flavour from aromatisation. In addition to juniper, gin can be mixed with many other aromas such as herbs or fruits (botanicals), which gives each gin its individual taste. With which ingredients in addition to juniper and with what intensity in total is flavored, depends on the manufacturer and the type of gin.
Having been somewhat forgotten over the years, gin has now experienced an amazing renaissance as a trend drink. It has always been an elementary component of many classic cocktails such as the gin and tonic. In recent years, however, completely new taste styles have emerged, which are either enjoyed pure or used for completely new cocktail creations in hip bars around the globe. The Gin Tonic has also been rediscovered and has been refined and improved in style.
In our spirits online shop you will find an interesting selection of high-quality gins from all over the world. What would you like, a gin with 12 or 72 botanicals? You are spoilt for choice!