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  • Citadelle Classic Gin

Citadelle Classic Gin

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The story of Citadelle Gin as we know it today began in 1980’s, but the brand is steeped in history that dates much further back. The original recipe for Citadelle Gin was developed by a distillery in Dunkirk in 1771 (at the time an important port for the spice trade). In 1775, Louis XVI authorized two Frenchmen, Carpeau and Stival, to open a distillery making genièvre at the Citadelle of Dunkirk, which soon became a royal distillery with an exclusive 20-year charter. The two founders had 12 traditional copper pot stills made for the distillery, allegedly the first of its type in France.

 

Citadelle Gin has a delicate and fragrant nose of fresh flowers, jasmine, honeysuckle and cinnamon. After a few moments, stronger, more herbaceous aromas of anise, grains of paradise and cinnamon develop in a most remarkable way. The appetizing bouquet is reminiscent of gardens in springtime. On the palate, juniper gives way to a voluptuous complexity redolent of fresh flowers, leading into an elegant, round and highly refined finish.

 

 

Citadelle is the world's first solera aged gin - a fractional aging process traditionally used to age rum, cognac, whiskey, wine, beer, and vinegar.

 

So you might be asking, what is Solera aging? The solera process uses a succession of barrels of different ages usually varying by one year. The oldest container (the mother) is drained of part of it's content for bottling, and is then is refilled from the next oldest container, which is refilled from the next oldest, and so on.

 

The process never fully drains any barrel because the oldest barrel holds the majority of the flavour, and blends the gin from year to year.

 

Citadelle is distilled over a naked flame, and then first aged in a variety of casks including ex-Cognac casks, ex- Pineau de Charente, and American Oak casks. After spending some time in these casks, the gin is then moved into the youngest solera cask to begin the solera aging process.

 

The result is a light yet fragrant gin that has flavors of yuzu, grapefruit, lime, and toasted straw, with flavors of honey, peppercorns, bright citrus, ginger, liquorice, and a slight minty finish. It marries beautifully with the tonic and the lime, but has a hint of caramel and creamy baking spices.Garnish with a few juniper berries and fresh lime, and you've got yourself a proper cocktail.

 

 

 

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