How we make our gin
History of gin - Dutch Grounds
André Burggraaf, the owner of Suigeneris, explains: “The natural botanicals we use at Suigeneris are vapor infused into the spirit, giving the 43 proof a somewhat fruity touch. No artificial ingredients are added, resembling the London Dry criteria and stemming from our historic Jenever “Genever” crafmanship that’s rooted within our own distillery”.
Gin is Dutch from origin, not English nor Irish or Scottish as some people may still think today. Since the Middle Ages people knew about the medical and disinfectant healing perks of juniper berries, which were often taken to cope with fever and other deceases. In the 16th century the Dutch doctor Franciscus Sylvius de la Boe made a schnaps distilled with juniper berries, the so called “Genever”, which was originally consumed for medical purposes.
Innovative and explorative times we had during the Dutch Golden Age, which made the Dutch stand out with certain specialities; distillation was one of them. At the same time we were drained by the Eighty Year’s War defining The Netherlands. André Burggaaf adds to it: “The anecdote goes that during the war the Dutch soldiers were supposed to drink the “Genever” to make them feel brave and bold, the “Dutch Courage”.
André Burggraaf continues: “Our mother company The Golden Arch Distillery Amsterdam, still uses traditional “Genever” recipes that breath the glory and honours of those times, inherited from family to family. Therefore, we can conclude that our Suigeneris Dutch Dry Gin premium class naturally stems from the Genever craftmanship we’ve basically practised for years”.
History of Gin - English spark
Gin became a real statement in the UK after the glorious revolution of Willem van Oranje in the late 17th century, and a ban of French Brandy. It rapidly took off, and became UK’s national drink. It hit the streets like a bomb with such an immense impact, that the effects of gin-drinking on English society makes today’s drugs use almost look pale; an absolute Mother’s Ruin. During the first half 18th century, a Gin-Act was introduced to sooth the consistent drunken-status of London. The prices went up again, and so did the quality.
Best of gin creativity
While the ancestor drink, the Jenever “Genever”, is area protected (Netherlands, Belgium and few others), the Gin is totally open and free to be produced everywhere in the world. So today one can find hundreds of sorts of Gins across multiple nations, which gives access to so many tastes and varieties…
You surely can find a Gin that matches your taste and personality.
So there is no doubt that the popularity of the alcoholic drink remained with flair. We know a lot of free-time alcohol users today agreeing with the statement: “Nothing goes above a great blend of Gin”. So be creative and go for it, the internet is full of fresh recipes today that jazz up your Gin to new exotic heights. And yes, Suigeneris shall reveal its favourites here over time, so you’ll be able to master the perfect blends with our spirits yourself.