Gin is a spirit made entirely from 100% neutral spirit and flavored with a juniper dominated collection of botanicals. Yet, while Juniper finds itself in the lead role, it is often the supporting cast of botanicals that offers the greatest differences in gin flavor profiles. Gin originates in Holland back in 1550 when professor of medicine Franciscus de la Boe was trying to concoct a cure for stomach complaints using the diuretic properties of juniper berries and stumbled on this wonderful infusion which he named Genever. It soon became popular as an approachable alcoholic drink. The migration back to the UK with this new style liquor came from troops returning from the 30 years war who were given rations of gin to keep out the cold before battle. The love affair had started, and the product termed Dutch courage was enthusiastically brought back for consumption at home.
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