Damrak Gin (750ml)
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The Damrak harbour (Amsterdam’s “inner harbour”) is the mooring place for merchant ships arriving from and departing to exotic ports across the globe. Here herbs, fruits and spices are unloaded before being weighed and tested for quality. The Lucas Bols distillery faces the Damrak and it is this historic source of exotic ingredients that inspires the name of the gin. It is said that the general recipe for Damrak was found in the Bols t Lootsje (little shed) distillery which was founded in 1575 and likely dates back to the 17th century making it one of the oldest known.
Damrak gin can be seen as a bit of a missing link between jenever and london dry gin. Damrak is dominated by intense orange blossoms and citrus zest underpinned by warming cinnamon and nutgmeg with a creamy texture and just enough peppery juniper to keep it refreshing. Damrak is very at home in a martini but equally so in a citrus-forward summer spritz.
There are 17 different ingredients that go into Damrak gin and a combination of percolation and cold extraction is used to get the best of them. The main distillate is Curaçao oranges followed by other citrus fruits like Seville orange and lemon. The juniper is intentionally used sparringly to make sure it is not too dominant in the final product. Other known herbs and spices include angelica root, cinnamon, lavender and star anise and the gin is distilled five times prior to being bottled at 41.8% alcohol by volume.
Damrak is one of the oldest known Gin recipes and distilled in the heart of Amsterdam. Fresh and delicious, this Gin has smooth and robust flavour from more than 17 botanicals. I love the citrus and honeysuckle notes, especially when I add splash of Elderflower syrup to the mix. Bring on Spring!