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Review 1689 Gin & Natural Light Tonic Water

Double Special Tasting with the 1689 Gin

Admittedly, at the moment it is a bit quiet here and there are some irregular tastings. But that will change again soon, at the moment it is a bit stressful professionally – and in the summertime the weekends are always planned. So today, Sunday, we are taking our time again and have a new Gin Tasting, or even a little Special Tasting. Normally we test either Gin or Tonic Water, but recently we got a very beautiful package with the 1689 Gin. Also in the package were tonic water, honey, a schnapps and a little booklet with different gin cocktail recipes – reason enough for us to make a bigger tasting here.

1689 Gin, Authentic Dutch Dry Gin

The 1689 Gin is described by the manufacturer himself as a kind of revived piece of gin history. In 1689, the Dutch ruler William III was defeated as King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Shortly afterwards, his first official act was to make the gin, which came from Holland, also known in the countries. Everyone was allowed to distil privately and so gin quickly became more popular than beer and ale.

Gin 1689 is based on a recipe from the book “The distillers of London”. But only a few people had access to it and the exact quantities were coded. The founder of 1689 Gin, Alexander Janssens, tried for years to solve the mystery, even with the help of various historians. In the end the recipe was used, but for the specific composition of the ingredients the knowledge of the distillery partner Herman Jansen from Schiedam in Holland was used. This distillery had its origin in 1777.

The botanicals used are all classic. Naturally juniper is used, besides citrus, different spices, dried apples and quince. The alcohol content is with 42% and the price with approximately 38 euro. To buy there is the Gin on-line.

How does the 1689 Gin?

taste like?
The 700 ml bottle is cylindrical and in a matt royal blue. The golden lettering on it comes out particularly well. The bottle looks overall like simple elegance, a little eye-catcher on the gin shelf.

Now I pull the cap, also a golden cork, unfortunately made of plastic, because it is time to start nosing the gin. As expected, the gin is characterized by a very fine and pleasant juniper aroma. A light citrus scent is also present, as well as the spices, which stay strongly in the background. There is no alcohol smell, which speaks of a high quality of the alcohol. The gin is no surprise in the nose, but the classic gin has been perfectly distilled here, at least this makes the first impression.

How does gin smell?

Let’s get to the actual Gin Tasting! Even if the gin is later tasted as gin tonic, we first come to a pure taste test. As already in the nose one recognizes also at the palate first the Wacholderaroma, here comes zudem the sweetness of the apples and Quitten likewise already to carry. It is present, but does not take the upper hand, which is very pleasant. Also the lemons and oranges can be seen here very well. In the aftertaste the spices come to the fore, which remain recognizable even after having drunk the gin. These give such a warm, spicy feeling, which remains. A classic, high quality gin. Although no unusual botanicals or compositions have been created here, the gin could be drunk pure.

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Natural Light Tonic Water, Franklin & Sons LTD

Components Natural Light Tonic Water: Carbonated spring water, fructose, citric acid, natural flavors with quinine

Nutritional values per 100ml: 81 kJ, 19 kcal, carbohydrates 4.5g, of which sugar: 4.3g

How does the Tonic Water taste?

The manufacturer himself recommends the Natural Light Tonic Water from Franklin & Sons for the 1689 Gin. Well, if the manufacturer already recommends this and sent a few bottles of it, we test it directly.

When I pour the tonic into a glass, it bubbles up quite strongly at first, I have a little fear that the carbonic acid content will be quite high. A first, pure sip also confirms this, my mouth feels like there are lots of small Tonic Water bubbles in it. In the nose this is Tonic Water quite inconspicuous, you only see a slight acid. The tonic is also rather straight in taste. The bitter note is very pleasant, you can see a slight sweetness and also a little citrus. Altogether a simple tonic water, which is as classic as the gin.

How does the Gin Tonic combination taste?

Finally, I’d like to test whether it’s really worth testing the 1689 Gin with the Light Tonic from Franklin & Son. And yes, I’m really thrilled. The Gin Tonic is sweet on the palate and the juniper is in the foreground again. After a few moments as well as in the finish you can see the bitter note of the quinine as well as the spices of the gin. A classic, perfect Gin Tonic taste experience. The carbonic acid content, which was quite high on its own, is barely noticeable in Gin Tonic.

By the way – if you want to try the recipe of the gin yourself, the quantities are on the back of the bottle – all you have to do is solve the riddle.

  • Classical gin according to a recipe from the time of true gin wave
  • Gin with fruity and spicy botanicals
  • Classical bitter tonic water with quinine
  • Perfect Gin Tonic Combination

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