The story that put gin into the history books (Part #1)

Lets take a look at the wonderfully colorful history that made Gin the popular spirit that it is today.

Origins (no pun intended)
In 1550 Professor of medicine Franciscus de la Boe set out to develop a cure for the terrible stomach complaints that were common place at the time (mainly down to poor diet). In his investigations he discovered the diuretic properties (of the now prolific base botanical in Gin)  juniper berry.  after many attempts and multiple infusions Franciscus de la Boe concocted his desired potion which he was to name ‘Genever’. Before long the rather acceptably tasty drink was to be abused, not as a remedy, but as an accepted alcoholic beverage within Holland.

The great battles of the day were to play a key part in the introduction of the spirit to the UK. For the troops that had served in the great 30 year war had consumed the potion in order to stay warm on the battle field, in addition to its heating properties the alcoholic qualities went someway to numbing the atrocities of the battle filed, this property was to award the humble spirit the title of “Dutch Courage”. The troops were so taken by their discovery that they bought it back on their return. Keen to keep enjoying the spirit the soldiers begin producing it back in England. as was true with the times the British Empire had an appetite to own everything, Genever was no exception and as a result was apply anglicised to become known as ‘Gin’.

Many adaptations of the spirit were produced and the spirit known as London Dry Gin of today is a long way from that of the traditional Dutch Genever which is thicker in consistency and richer in flavor, whereas London Dry gin is fresh, dry, light and far more versatile.

Traditional methods that rule the production of Gin …

• Gin must be made from any spirit containing at least 96% by volume of alcohol.

• The spirit is traditionally based of either grain or molasses

• The flavors for Gin are derived from Botanical compounds, Each producer will have a strict secret recipe that is closely guarded

• All gins will contain Juniper

In order to discover the most quintessentially English of gins look no further thank Oliver Twist London Distilled Gin.

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