Gin 1689 Dutch Dry Gin (Mini) 5cl
Fusing English and Dutch culture, this gin is produced by one of the Netherlands oldest distillers and based on a 350 year old recipe found in the British archives.
This gin is based on an original recipe (from 1689.... hence the name!), by the Dutch William of Orange after he was proclaimed King of England, Ireland and Scotland in 1689.
Through painstaking research in the Royal British Library's rare book section, this recipe came to light after being found in the rare books archive. The recipe detailed the original ingredients, but unfortunately the quantities were concealed by code, which to date has not been broken!
Not to be deterred, the rights of the recipe were acquired, and a perfect partner found to recreate the delicate flavours of the original gin: Herman Jansen. One of the Netherlands finest distillers, the distillery was founded in 1777 and based in the Dutch Gin & Genever capital Schiedam.
Through trial and error, today's recipe was perfected and finalised. The original ingredients from 350 years ago are used, with Gin 1689 beautifully combining juniper with dried quince and pippin (an ancient apple variety), lemon and orange peel, nutmeg, aniseed and clove.
It's quite fruity on the nose, but not surprising when you see the recipe. Juniper is present, but takes more of a background role, with a sweet spiciness, and a touch of citrus being much more pronounced.
As with all gins, the taste differs when drinking straight (neat, over ice), or with a tonic. When tried neat, the juniper comes forward in the taste with a pleasant tanginess (coming from the quince and apple). Citrus notes are present, but more round the gin off than being too prevalent.
When tried with tonic, this really comes alive as the carbonation (bubbles), lift the botanicals allowing more to shine. The citrus is more noticeable when drunk this way.
Coming in a brilliant blue bottle, with regal gold lettering befitting its Royal background, the overall result is definitely fit for a King!
Try sipping this gin neat over ice to really appreciate the recipe, and time taken to bring this gin back to life.
If enjoying as a g&t we have two perfect serves here:
Firstly, for a more neutral tonic, we recommend The London Essence Co. Original Indian Tonic Water. This has a slight citrus edge which bolsters the citrus notes in the gin but doesnt overpower the other flavours. 50ml of gin to 150ml of tonic is a good ratio to work with here. Garnish with a slice of lemon, and a sprig of rosemary
For a more flavoured tonic, we would recommend The London Essence Co. Grapefruit & Rosemary. The grapefruit again is a nod to the citrus in the gin, but with this tonic makes it more pronounced. The Rosemary lifts the g&t in a new direction, giving a slight herbal note, but again, doesn't overpower the other flavours of the gin. Again, serve 50ml of the gin over ice with 150ml of the tonic. Garnish again with a slice of lemon, and a sprig of rosemary.