50,0cl. 15,0% 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.
35,0cl. 30,0% Citadelle Gin, France Dashing across the channel to the southwest of France, we find our penultimate gin. Its historical roots actually lie in the city of Dunkirk, home to the citadelle from where it takes its name. The gin is still produced in the small copper pot stills particular to the 17th Century. Citadelle combines the essence of 19 botanicals: juniper still reigns supreme but with cinnamon, nutmeg and genepi (a relative of wormwood) helping to make up the count, the resulting spirit is aromatic and refined. And, again like almost every other gin in this list, this has an aggregated score of 90 points, matched with an average price of $26.