The recipe for Citadelle Gin was developed by a distillery in Dunkirk in 1771. Dunkirk was one of the first ports of call in Europe for many explorers sailing back from the Orient, whose ships were laden with exotic herbs and spices. 1775 DISTILLERIE ROYALE pays tribute to Alexandre Gabriel’s years of research in dusty 18th century archives which brought to light that the first patented French genièvrerie was established in 1775 by decree of King Louis XVI. Forgotten for hundreds of years, Gabriel’s exploration uncovered Citadelle’s original recipe. Citadelle Gin is made according to principles laid down in the original recipe. Although the production techniques have improved over the centuries, we still use the same 19 botanicals listed in the original recipe, it is the only gin infused with this combination of botanicals, which enhance the juniper and create one of the most sophisticated, juniper-forward London dry gins available today.
Citadelle gin offers a subtle bouquet, with aromas of juniper and citrus. It is elegant, soft, and smooth on the palate. It has a long aftertaste which expresses its aromatic complexity to the fullest. Citadelle Gin is a unique blend of 19 different plants, selected as carefully now that they were in 1775: coriander from Morocco; orange peel Mexico; cardamom and nutmeg Indies; licorice from China; cubeb pepper of Java; juniper, savory, violet and star anise France; fennel of the Mediterranean; iris of Italy; cinnamon from Sri Lanka; almonds and lemon peel from Spain; cassia Indochina; Angelic Germany; Grains of Paradise from West Africa and cumin Holland. Citadelle gin is perfectly balanced between intensity and finesse. The purity and subtle flavour of Citadelle gin makes it an ideal base for many cocktails, in particular the best Gin & Tonic in the world.