A delectable French gin, which is based upon a recipe from 1771.
This recipe was first created by a distillery in Dunkirk. Dunkirk was an important port of call for ships returning from the Far East laden with spices and exotic ingredients – the perfect location for developing a flavoursome gin.
The gin is made with the same 19 botanicals as the original, though the production techniques have changed somewhat. These botanicals are macerated for 72 hours. Then, rather interestingly, the gin is distilled in a traditional copper pot still which is direct fired – a practice rarely seen these days – for fully 12 hours.
The final result is a soft and supple gin, with notes of elegant citrus fruit, peppery spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, bittersweet juniper, green herbs and a touch of berries.
Bottled at 44% ABV, for a little more intensity without sacrificing drinkability, this is an excellent gin for cocktails.
Citadelle has picked up more than 60 awards and medals, and is beautifully presented in a ribbed blue bottle.