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Citadelle Gin

Distillery

Alexandre Gabriel & Andreu of Cognac Ferrand, Château de Bonbonnet, Ars, France.

Website

Cognac Ferrand and Citadelle Gin.

History

Cognac Ferrand was founded in 1989 and is situated in the Cognac region of France.

The Gin, launched in 1998, is made to a 1771 recipe as originally made at a distillery in Dunkirk, France.

Production

It is triple distilled in column stills from neutral wheat grain from the Beauce region of France (Cognac is made during the winter and this Gin is made during the summer). The 19 botanicals – more than most Gins - are put into teabag-like sachets to infuse in the spirit before the 4th and final distillation in small batches, using traditional copper alembic stills.

The clear liquid is put in blue tinted bottles with a nautical theme. Not easily mistaken for the straw/yellow colored Citadelle Reserve which is decorated with gold and black colors (and still include the nautical designs) in a lightly frosted bottle.

Category

London Dry Gin.

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

44% (88 Proof).

Price Range

$$.

Botanicals

The 19 botanicals include: almonds (Spain), angelica (Germany), cardamom (India), cassia (Indo-china), cinnamon (Sri Lanka), coriander (Morocco), cubeb pepper (Java), cumin (Holland), fennel (Mediterranean), grains of paradise (West Africa), iris (Italy), juniper berries (France), lemon rind (Spain), liquorice (China), nutmeg (India), orange peel (Mexico), savory (France), star anise (France) and violets (France).

Name

Citadelle is French for Citadel – a fortress protecting an entire city, it is the name of the distillery in Dunkirk, France, where this Gin’s recipe originates. The citadel of Dunkirk was a key port for the spice trade and thus is an undoubted influence on the choice of botanicals for this recipe and the nautical design of the bottle.

Tasting Notes

On the nose is juniper and citrus with herbal and violet tones. Full bodied, the palate is inundated with an array of flavors including juniper with citrus, anise, coriander, cumin, nutmeg and violet. The after taste has spice (cinnamon), pepper (cubeb), orange and an enticingly faint sweetness.

This is very good in a Gin & Tonic or Martini. We recommend the continual sampling of this silky smooth and creamy spirit, as it will develop your senses as you try to identify the varying scents and tastes. If this isn’t in the Top 20 Gins in the world, it is certainly in the Top 50.

Awards & Accolades

96 Points, Wine Enthusiast.

96 Points, Beverage Tasting Institute.

Silver Medal, Gin Masters, 2015.

Silver Medal, International Spirits Challenge, 2013.

Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2012.

Gold Medal, International World Spirits Competition, 2012.

Master Medal, Gin Masters Competition, 2012.

Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2011.

91 points, Ultimate Beverage Competition, 2010.

Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2010.

Master Medal, Gin Masters Competition, 2010.

Gold Medal, ISW, 2009.

Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2009.

Master Medal, Gin Masters Competition, 2008.

Gold Medal, International Spirits Competition, 2008.

Bronze Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2007.

Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2007.

Silver Medal, Concours Mondial du Vin, 2007.

Double Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2006.

Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2004.

Gold Medal, International Wine and Spirits Competition, 2000.



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