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Gin as strong as a sailor, as gentle as a botanic garden Combining British gin-making tradition with German craftsmanship, the Windspiel manufactory, based in the volcanic Eifel, brings a Navy Strength Gin to the market that carries the intensive aromas of juniper berries, citrus fruits and ten different botanicals. The first batch is limited to 1,600 bottles. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: WINDSPIEL
“What makes the Navy Strength Gin so special is the alcohol content of 57 per cent that gives it a more intensive taste,” says Sandra Wimmeler, who co-founded Windspiel with Denis Lönnendonker. Like all their spirits, it is based on alcohol from homegrown potatoes.“We distil the alcohol three ways in a unique process. This makes it very fine and mild, so it carries the botanicals of our Navy Strength Gin perfectly.” The idea for the new gin was born out of the company’s own history: Windspiel has dedicated their brand to the Prussian king Frederick the Great, who had originally brought the potato to Germany in the 18th century and also had a passion
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for ‘Windspiel’ dogs. In the same century, the first Navy Strength Gin was made in England, initially as malaria prophylaxis on ships. “We now have combined British and German history in one bottle,” says co-founder Denis Lönnendonker. Accompanying the Gin is a taste package with tonic water and organic ‘Summer Night’s Dream’ lemonade that matches with the Navy Strength Gin: “Its floral citrus note harmonises ideally with the lemon flavours of lemonade and tonic water. So, a perfect, refreshing taste experience emerges.” www.windspiel-manufaktur.com/en
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