The original recipe for Citadelle Gin was developed by a distillery in Dunkirk in 1771 (at the time an important port for the spice trade). Although the production techniques have improved over the centuries, it is still made according to principles laid down in this recipe and Citadelle Gin remains the only gin in the world to be made with 19 different botanicals, giving the gin both a unique and complex flavour.
Produced by Cognac Ferrand (founded in 1989), Citadelle Gin is triple-distilled from wheat and spring water. Before being steeped in neutral alcohol, the master distiller selects the botanicals that will complement the freshness of the juniper with tart, floral and exotic flavours. A work of pure craftsmanship, it allows the flavors and aromas to intermingle in the perfect balance. This unrivaled variety of botanicals comes from all across the globe and in keeping with the traditions of the first European trading captains of the 17th century landing in Dunkirk, only the best ingredients are used.
Once the steeping is complete, the infusion is then distilled in small Charentais pot stills with an open flame. The slow distillation allows the distiller to precisely select the heart of the gin, whilst the relatively low swan’s neck favours the concentration of essential oils; all of which contributing to the gin’s refinement and aromatic quality. The final step is for it to be bottled at 44% ABV capturing each separate aroma, a feat that can be observed each time you uncork a bottle as Citadelle Gin has a distinctly fragrant nose.
Recently Cognac Ferrand launched Citadelle Reserve, where the gin is aged for 6 months in oak barrels before being bottled. We will be reviewing this shortly.