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Adler Gin

Distillery

Schroff & Stahl GbR, Preußische Spirituosen Manufaktur (Prussian Liquor Factory), Wedding, Berlin, Germany.

Website

Adler Gin and Prussian Liquor Factory.

History

The distillery and the brand Eagle Spirits was started in 1874, as a state funded research and training center for alcohol, under the patronage of the King of Prussia and first Emperor of Germany Wilheim I. This continued until the early 1900’s when production ceased due to people and resources being required to support two world wars. The distillery reopened under private hands in the 1950’s, but struggled without state support; and changed hands again in 2009 to Schroff & Stahl GbR.

This Gin uses an original recipe from 1874 and was re-released in 2004.



Production

Using a wheat-based distillate it is made by hand in small batches in this old Prussian Distillery - getting on for nearly 150 years old. The botanicals are infused using low temperature vacuum distillation and then rested for a minimum of 3 months in earthenware/ceramic vessels (an old tradition). The finished Gin is put into rectangular bottles, with bulbous synthetic stoppers – this distinctive style is very similar to a spirit decanter.

Category

Distilled Dry Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

42% (84 Proof).

Price Range

$$$ - $$$$. This is not available in the USA and is unlikely to be so due to the small-scale production levels. However, the Whisky Exchange in the UK can ship a bottle to the US, but results in the overall price at least doubling!

Botanicals

Unknown.

Name


The name Adler translates as Eagle Eye (stemming from the original Eagle Spirits brand) and is represented by the Eagle image on the bottle label.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is strong spice (cardamom, coriander, cinnamon and ginger) with juniper berries. The palate immediately picks up the juniper followed by the spice (with some lemon citrus and floral notes). These flavors continue into the after taste with a peppery and eucalyptus finish.

Awards & Accolades

Unknown.



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