Country & region: Netherlands
Grapes: Damrak Gin, Amsterdam, Netherlands And now we go to Europe, gin’s spiritual home, where we will be for the remainder of this piece. The Netherlands, where gin was first concocted, has a longstanding love affair with the spirit and Amsterdam’s Damrak doesn’t disappoint. Taken from the Dutch word “inner harbour”, in reference to the trade routes used when the herbs and spices used to make gin were first brought in, Damrak is comprised of 17 botanicals including honeysuckle and juniper. Made by Lucas Bols following one of the oldest recorded recipes for gin, it undergoes distillation five times resulting in a product with an aggregated critic score of 90 points all for the very reasonable price of $22.