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History of Gin

The first confirmed date for the production of gin is the 17th century in Holland, however some unconfirmed claims have been made that it was produced prior to this in Italy. Its invention is often credited to the physician Franciscus Sylvius. In Holland, gin was produced as a medicine and sold in chemist shops. To make it more palatable, the Dutch started to flavor it with juniper, which had its own medicinal properties.

Gin spread to England after the Glorious Revolution put a Dutchman on the British throne. Dutch gin, known as jenever, is a distinctly different drink from today's well known London Dry gin; it is distilled with barley and sometimes aged in wood, giving it a slight resemblance to whisky. Schiedam, in South Holland, is famous for its jenever. Jenever is produced in a pot still and is typically lower in alcohol and more strongly flavored than London Dry gin.

The following centuries saw many transformations of how and why English gin was consumed. In the early days it was readily available in corner stores. Gin became very popular in England after the government allowed unlicensed gin production and at the same time imposed a heavy duty on all imported spirits. This, coupled with its poor quality and very limited, if any, production restrictions, lead to serious social concerns and licensing and restriction laws; many as we know them today.

With the advent of the continuous still came a serious improvement of the production process, which was now able to delicately refine alcohols into more pure forms. These alcohols were combined with various botanicals resulting in the version of gin that ascended rapidly into high society and became a respected, noble spirit of choice.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin has taken its roots in the lengthy and notable history of gin itself, and upped the production standard yet again. Distilled on a traditional style copper pot still, custom designed incorporating modern technologies; Bluecoat American Dry Gin is the result of a 10 hour botanical distillation where only the heart of the run meets the stringent purity standards of its Master Distiller.

Bluecoat American Dry Gin is flavored with a combination of organic juniper berries and other handpicked organic botanicals that are distilled in a true batch process which produces a spirit of superior quality and taste. Combining old world traditions with new world methods, Bluecoat American Dry Gin is a gin that will stand on its own, a premium gin that is American made, a gin for the 21st century.