Gin 1689 and Double Dutch Mixer Pack with FREE Chocolate
This pack contains 1689 Gin and Double Dutch Mixers with a free chocolate bar of your choice.
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!
Double Dutch Mixers
Double the taste sensation.... thats what twin sisters Joyce and Raissa set out to create when they founded Double Dutch.
Made with 100% natural ingredients, and no artificial colours or preservatives. They take great pride in ensuring a high quality mixer which can be used with your favourite gin, vodka (or anything else you enjoy it with!)
Double Dutch Indian Tonic Water
With the classic Indian Tonic Water, they set out by enhancing the top notes with pink grapefruit, which complements the bitterness of the quinine. They then rounded out the flavour with a very subtle hint of juniper (which is why this is fabulous with a good gin). This also helps smooth the quinine taste a little, and lengthens the finish of the tonic.
Double Dutch Ginger Ale
Ginger is a natural ingredient in many mixers, but Double Dutch offer a soft and light spicyness with an end note of cardamon.
It’s has a unique blend of natural ginger with just a touch of cardamon. This brings a resinous depth to this delicious soft drink, creating a rewarding flavour that satisfies the palate.
Utrechtse bean-to-bar chocolate. Your choice between
Stardust: Cacao - 50% Trinitario, Akesson's, Sambirano Valley, Madagascar. Profile - fruity, caramel, hint of salt.
D.A.R.C. Angel: Cacao 72% Trinitario, Cacao Bisiesto, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Profile - strong, earthy, nuts.