The combination of seventeen botanicals in Damrak Gin is said to date back to a recently discovered recipe found lying about the esteemed Bols Distillery in Amsterdam. Now, I’m not normally one to challenge these assertions; however, its botanical collection— including honeysuckle— suggests either an incredibly prescient distiller from the past or a more recent invention.
Damrak Gin is distilled from a base of grain neutral spirits and is named for the one-bustling Dutch port of Damrak where many of the spices that have dominated gin botanical bills since the age of Exploration arrived into Europe.
Creamy citrus forward nose with sweet orange rind, candied lime peel, dried California figs and a touch of pine. Hints of rum, cinnamon, raisins a well. Damrak Gin has a lovely complex nose that although the notes suggest the non-traditional, it clearly reads as gin.
The palate of Damrak Gin evolves on the palate in a few exciting acts. At first, there’s lime and orange notes. Then a rich body wherein the citrus turns to grapefruit, and almost floral juniper blossoms from the background. A creamy citrus supported richness ushers in a finish with a touch of tea and the slightest hint of anise. Juniper hovers on the palate for a fairly long time on the finish.
Bottle Size: 750mL