Damrak Gin 70cl
Made in the heart of Amsterdam, this gin has refreshing citrus notes and a light touch of spice
Situated in the heart of Amsterdam (right behind Dam square), the Lucas Bols distillery is proud to create Damrak.... the Amsterdammer among the London boys of Gin.
Using 17 different ingredients, Damrak Gin stands by the fact its gin has a "DAM good taste". Some of these are known (and easily detected in tasting), whilst others remain the Master Distiller's secret.
Th orange stopper gives something of a hint to the main flavour profile of this gin! The main distillate coming from the best quality Curacao orange peels. It works exceptionally well to highlight the citrus profile of this gin. But it doesn't stop there.... Valencian oranges give it a sweet and distinctive aroma, while lemons provide a welcoming freshness.
Whilst the juniper flavours are present in Damrak (as in all gins), they utilise slightly less in the creation of this gin. In addition, they add cinnamon, lavender, coriander and star anise. The remainder are the secret ingredients. Apparently, a "DAM unique flavour".
The aroma of this gin is definitively orange. Whilst in the glass the citrus notes build as well, especially when mixed with tonic. Fresh notes of menthol, eucalyptus and lemon also come foward.
On the palate this is fruit forward, with a large hit of citrus - slightly sharp with a delicate spice. Whilst juniper hides in the aroma, it makes itself known in the taste, but definitely not in an overpowering manner. Light herbal notes, and a little vanilla also come out. It finishes cleanly with little complication.
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We have two options with this gin, both using Fentimans. Firstly their Premium Tonic water works well to awaken all the flavours in the gin without overpowering it. Secondly, Valencian Orange Tonic helps to really bring the orange flavours out - adding additional aroma, flavour and a light orange colour.
With either tonic, take a large glass filled with ice and add 50ml of gin. Top up with 150ml of your preferred tonic and stir gently. Garnish with a slice of orange.