A Bit Of History
Gin gets its name from the Dutch word for juniper, which is genever.
It is juniper that sets gin apart from all other types of spirits, as it is juniper that officially must be the predominant flavour for a spirit to be classified as gin. Gin, like so many things was originally produced as a medicine and this along with it’s pleasing taste made it high in demand.
Gin gained in popularity during the war, when British soldiers fighting on Dutch land were aided with “Dutch Courage” by drinking gin. When gin became more popular in the United Kingdom many produced their own at home as the distillation was so such a simple process and could be done almost anywhere.
It wasn’t until the 18th century in South America that tonic water also became known for its medical properties however the taste despite it health benefits was not pleasant. As a result, British colonies in India started adding gin to the tonic to improve the taste and add an extra kick and this was the birth of the Gin & Tonic.
Unlike other spirits the range of botanicals and spices that can be used to enhance the flavour of Gin is still growing and for this reason Gin has become the most popular spirit in the United Kingdom.
So sit back and enjoy your choice from our varied selection of Gin’s here at The Bear Hotel.