Dear Curious Readers,
I got into an interesting discussion on instagram a few weeks ago with Philip Duff, (spirits expert for Liquid Solutions Consulting and Chief Genever Officer for@oldduffgenever) over Korenwijn. And I still thinking about it, having difficulties to find reliable details, specially as per what the regulation allows in EU. Hence that post.
Bols is the oldest Genever making company, and probably the oldest distillery still in existence today. It is located in the center of amsterdam, at least the House of Bols is.
Some times ago, I went to the Beefeater distillery in London. It opened in 2014 and offers information about the history of gin (where you are free to move at your own pace and where you learn how gin was consumed throughout history, fame and fall and renaissance) before a quick guided tour through the distillery.
More than any other spirits Gin can be considered as a canvas, especially on highly rectified neutral spirits. Over the years, many different styles of Gin have been developed.
Yes. Mahon is a wine distilled Gin made only on the island of Menorca, off the Spanish coasts in the Mediteranean sea.
How come ?
Here is the explanation by one of the most famous producer XORIGUER (with a picure of a bottle above)
Menorca is a Mediterranean island which belonged to the British crown over 200 years ago, for most of the 18th century. Thousands of British sailors and soldiers were stationed on the island in those days. They frequented the local taverns, but they were unable to find the liquor that was fashionable at the time in their country: GIN. Soon some Mahon craftsmen, found a solution to the problem. They would import juniper berries and produce gin on the island, using wine alcohol from Mediterranean vineyards.
Source : HERE
Did you drink Mahon ? Do you know other producers except XORIGUER?
Gin is the distillate of a grain mash with various flavouring agents. For flavour, there is one compulsory ingredient, which gives the recognizable flavour and defines what gin is: Juniper berries.
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