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La ginebra, el aguardiente inglés derivado del genever - DISEVIL

Gin, the English brandy derived from genever

Juniper, the origin of gin

The Dutch physicist, Franciscus Sylviu s (1614 -1672), also known as Franz de le Boë, was the one who laid the foundations of what we know today as gin .

Sylvius , in his quest to find an antidote for kidney stones, which at that time was one of the most common diseases, mixed barley, rye, corn and juniper berries with alcohol, obtaining what he called Genièvre (juniper in French).

From medicine to popular drink and its types

Soon, the antidote became very popular, although no longer as a medicine, and spread throughout the Netherlands, reaching the battlefields, where the British and Dutch armies were fighting the 30 years' war. By then, the Geniévre would have already changed its name to Genever. After the war, the English army returned to England with such a popular drink, calling it Gin, because of the language. It was then that this famous liquor experienced great success among English society.

From here and due to the excessive consumption of poor quality gin , it was decided to include a tax for such a drink, which promoted the appearance of higher quality gins . Thus emerging the new London dry gins . It was then when Dutch Gin and London Dry Gin followed different paths, reaching today there are 4 types of Gins: Dutch Gin, London Dry Gins, Plymouth Gins and Old Tom Gins.

Among the Dutch Gins, we have Port of Dragon's Floral and Port of Dragon's Pure gin, both with recognized awards. As for Old Tom , Hayman's Old Tom gin in its modern version was the first recognized distilled by the British. Plymouth gins, such as Plymouth Navy Strength or Plymouth Sloe , have the designation of origin label and London Dry Gins are the best known. As an example, we have the ultra-premium Beefeater Burrough's Reserve aged in Jean de Lillet oak barrels, the Monkey's 47 Distiller's Cut 2015, a very limited edition and in which one of the botanicals changes every year, the famous G-vine Nouaison gin, more intense and spicy than its predecessor Floraison or the exotic and sweet Bulldog .

Premium Gins of different origins

Spanish distilleries have also joined the production of Premium gins, although some of them are distilled in other countries and bottled in Spain, in the vast majority, both their formulas, their process and production are national, using various botanicals. that each of the various areas offers us.

Thus, the island of Ibiza offers us the IBZ Premium, macerated with frigola and a touch of rosemary, Gin Mare , markedly Mediterranean, using olive, rosemary, thyme and basil for its distillation. Nordés made in Galicia, from Albariño wine and a selection of Galician botanicals, Siderit Gin made in Cantabria , which includes among other botanicals Syderitis hissopifolia, a plant native to the Picos de Europa, or Santamanía made from alcohol Spanish grape, basically Tempranillo, among some of the more than 200 that have hit the market.

Be that as it may, gin is, today, the popular trendy drink, especially thanks to the famous Gin&Tonic combinations.

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