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Dutch Gin

Geneva was the city where the British found inspiration to create Gin. During the Eighty Year’s war the British soldiers fought the Spanish troops alongside the Dutch. Before each battle, they would drink a shot of Geneva to warm the soul. Or as it became known Dutch Courage.
The name Geneva comes from the fruit Juniper, jenever in Dutch, and the Gin predecessor, which was being produced since the seventeenth century.
The first Geneva recipe was created by a respected professor at the University of Leiden, Franciscus Sylvius. The term recipe has a double meaning since Geneva was developed for medicinal purposes, particularly for kidney disease, and not for entertainment purposes as we drink it today.
The assignment of the invention is not yet consensus. To increase doubts, or even support the theory that Geneva was born before, there are some publications which say that Aqua juniperi dated many years before Sylvius birth.
The almost exclusive use of Juniper during the distillation and dilution with malt wine are two factors that differentiate Geneva from its successor Gin.
After distillation, the spirit obtained is diluted with water and malt wine. The amount of malt wine used allows to sort the different Genebras. Thus, there is the Jonge style (new) where is used a maximum of 15% and the Oude style (old) where the percentage of wine goes beyond this limit. There is also a third type where the percentage of wine is greater than 50%. It is given the name of Korinwijn and is restricted to the best produced spirits.


Premium Gin Friends

Friends is a Gin from Alentejo launched by two friends. It has 37 botanicals and Touriga grapes. The wine producer James Gourd and the engineer Luis Ferreira have teamed up to to create this Gin that reflects the character of the Portuguese viticulture. They needed 4 years of testing with artisanal stills, 438 botanicals tested and a thousand macerations and micro distillations. The 38 botanicals in Friends envision a complex, intense and aromatic Gin and the Touriga grapes being the highlight. The combination of these botanicals allied to the aging in oak barrels and the quadruple distillation in artisanal stills make Friends a premium Gin with a markedly Portuguese character. The two friends associated common tastes of wine and Gin to create a distinctive product. The label - produced by studio Rita Rivotti Wine Branding & Design - reflects the story of Friends through a vintage style. There were 8,000 bottles produced and the goal is to reach the Belgian, French and Luxembourgish markets. In 2016, they want to double the production with the opening to new markets. Friends can be enjoyed with a few ice cubes or grape and/or juniper.