Discovery of a secret recipe buried in a dark corner of the Royal British Library
Gin 1689 London Dry Gin
70 cl, 42%Abv
This replica gin was based on the original 1689 recipe of the spirit made by the Dutch King William III (AKA William of Orange) after he was proclaimed King of England, Ireland and Scotland that very year. The recipe, which was amazingly uncovered in the British Library’s rare book section, lists the original ingredients but unfortunately, the quantities were concealed by code, which proved unbreakable. The task of deciding new quantities was given to Herman Jansen in Schiedam, Netherlands, a distillery that dates back to 1777.
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Gin 1689, a century-old recipe brought back to life! During the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688-1689, William of Orange didn’t only chase away the British king, but he also introduced a typical Dutch item to the British island. Genever, soon abbreviated to Dutch gin. Gin soon became very popular among the British population.
Now, 350 years later, the Amsterdam Craft Gin Company relaunches the authentic recipe from that time. Founder Alexander Janssens studied the archives of the British Library to retrieve the original recipe. It took him almost two years to find it. With help from the master distiller Herman Jansen from Schiedam they developed and revived the century-old recipe that conquered the British island in 1689. The result is Gin 1689, a tribute to the Dutch craftsmanship of over three centuries ago.