The History of Gin
Gin is a versatile and complex spirit that has a rich history and a global following. At Dilly Gin, we are passionate about crafting premium gin that is infused with unique botanicals and flavours, and we are always exploring the history and culture of gin to inspire and inform our creations.
How did the production of gin begin?
The origins of gin can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when monks and alchemists used juniper berries and other botanicals to create medicinal tinctures and tonics. These early gin-like spirits were used to treat a variety of ailments, from stomach aches to the plague.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, gin became more widely available and popular, particularly in England and Holland. In England, gin was initially used as a cheap and potent alternative to beer, but it eventually evolved into a more refined and sophisticated spirit. In Holland, gin was known as "jenever" and was made with a more distinctive juniper flavour.
How did gin change over the years?
Over the centuries, gin has continued to evolve and adapt to different cultures and trends. In the 19th century, for example, gin became a popular choice among the British elite, who enjoyed it in cocktails and mixed drinks. In the 20th century, gin experienced a resurgence in popularity, with the creation of new styles and flavours, such as London dry gin and flavoured gin.
What does gin look like today?
Today, gin is enjoyed around the world, and is a key ingredient in many classic and modern cocktails. At Dilly Gin, we are proud to be part of this rich history and culture, and we are committed to crafting premium gin that is infused with the best of what our local region has to offer. Whether you're a gin aficionado or a newcomer to the world of gin, we invite you to explore the delicious and diverse world of Dilly Gin.