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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.
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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.