There are many types of gin and as their lover it is important for you to get to know them. It’s important for you to know what you are drinking!
Gin is a strong alcoholic drink made with juniper berries. Additional flavors can be added. The alcohol strength must be at least 37.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume).
Gin redestilled with juniper berries and / or in the presence of other plants is called “distilled gin”. Additional flavors can be added to it but the taste of the juniper must prevail. The alcohol strength must be at least 37.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume). It may also be a mixture of such distillations and ethyl alcohol.
London Gin or London Dry Gin
Strong alcoholic drink obtained by redestilling alcohol and fruit of the juniper (juniper berries) with the presence of other plants with no added aroma and ingredients except water and alcohol. The content of methanol in alcohol must not exceed 5 grams per hectolitre of 100% vol. of alcohol. The distillate leaving the boiler during distillation must not be below 70% vol. London Dry Gin must not contain colorants. It must be transparent. The alcohol strength must be at least 37.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume).
The type of gin, similar to the London Dry Gin style that can be produced only in Plymouth, England.
Dutch style of gin distilled from a base of alcohol-like whiskey. These are the older styles of darker colors and the stronger taste of malt or cereals from which the base of alcohol was created. “Jonge” is a newer style that is characterized by a lighter taste and lighter colors, and more sophisticated distillation techniques are used. Both styles can be stored in the barrels or without maturation.
In any case, you have to know the types of gin so you can enjoy your favorite drink even more!
Literature: The Drunken Botanist, The Plants That Create The World’s Great Drinks by Amy Stewart, EU Regulation on the Production and Classification of Strong Alcoholic Beverages.