Gin is an elegant spirit with a botanical character, as the distillate is flavoured with a wide variety of botanicals in addition to the characteristic juniper berries. Gin is typically produced by distillation, whereby the selected botanicals are distilled with high-quality alcohol. The result is a clear, flavoured spirit that is suitable both on its own and as a base for a variety of cocktails. Gin has experienced a remarkable renaissance in recent years and is now considered one of the most diverse and popular spirits in the world.

The former remedy came to England as Dutch jenever

Gin, a drink that combines elegance and versatility, has a fascinating journey behind it. Originally developed as a medicinal elixir, gin has evolved into one of the most popular and versatile spirits in the world. 
The roots of gin go back to the Middle Ages, when monks and alchemists experimented with the distillation of herbs to create remedies. However, the real breakthrough came in the 17th century in the Netherlands with the invention of genever, a forerunner of today's gin. Genever was made from juniper, the ingredient that gave it its name, and quickly found its way to England, where it evolved into the gin we know today.

The golden era of gin began in England during the 18th century. During this time, gin became extremely popular due to its simple and inexpensive production. However, this popularity also led to an oversupply of low-quality gin, which caused social problems. The government intervened, regulated production and laid the foundations for the high-quality gin production we know today.


The grain distillate is flavoured with juniper and botanicals

Gin is usually made from neutral grain alcohol, which is flavoured with a variety of botanicals. The unmistakable flavour of gin comes from juniper, but each brand has its own, often secret blend of herbs, spices, flowers and fruits. Common botanicals include coriander, angelica root, lemon and orange peel, cardamom, cinnamon and many others. In addition to the classic London Dry Gin, which is known for its clear, dry flavour, there are numerous other styles, including the fruity Plymouth Gin, the spicy Old Tom Gin and the experimental New Western Dry Gin, which is less juniper-heavy and instead places other botanicals in the foreground.

Creative cocktails and innovative techniques characterise the modern gin scene

The modern gin scene is not only characterised by creativity and innovation in production, but also by a lively and diverse bar scene. In recent years, a true culture has developed around gin that goes far beyond the classic gin and tonic. Bars and lounges around the world offer an impressive selection of gin-based cocktails, ranging from traditional classics to modern creations. In these bars, gin is presented not just as a drink, but as an experience. Bartenders experiment with a variety of tonic waters, garnishes and ice variations to create the perfect drink. Today, there are endless possible combinations and every gin fan will find their favourite one day. 
Bartenders also use modern techniques such as smoking cocktails or adding molecular elements to create unique flavour experiences. The gin bar scene also promotes education and knowledge about gin. Many bars offer tastings and workshops where guests can learn more about the different types of gin, their origins and botanical profiles. Such a gin tasting is particularly popular as an unforgettable group experience, for example for classy bachelor parties.

In addition, the popularity of gin has led to a revival and reinvention of classic cocktails. The Negroni, the Martini and the Tom Collins are experiencing a renaissance, with each of these cocktails emphasising the versatility and complexity of gin in different ways. The gin and bar scene thus reflects the dynamic nature of this spirit. It is a meeting place for lovers of fine spirits, a laboratory for creative bartenders and a showcase for the diversity and innovation that gin has to offer. In this world where tradition meets modernity, gin is not just a drink - it is a celebration. 

Today, good gin comes from different parts of the world

The popularity of gin has increased worldwide in recent years. Many distilleries, including small craft distilleries, have started to produce their own unique varieties of gin. This new wave of craft gin has led to an explosion of creative flavours and styles that are delighting gin lovers around the world.

At BEHN, we focus on two gins that could not be more different, but which are united by their uniqueness.  Our award-winning Wikinger Noorgaard Gin will take you to a completely different, legendary world: a world of myths and legends with flavours of Nordic berries and herbs. A hint of sweetness builds a bridge to the goddess drink of the former warriors, mead. A gin could hardly be more unique; this homage to the Vikings will delight gin lovers and Viking fans alike. 

Completely different, but no less special: GVine Gin Floraison from our partner Maison Villevert is based on a grape distillate instead of grain. This makes its flavour particularly fine, gentle and floral. In comparison, GVine Gin Nouaison is spicier, more aromatic and more bitter. The summer series G'Vine June enchants with the fruity flavours  G'Vine Gin June Peach & Summerfruits, G'Vine Gin June Pear & Cardamom and G'Vine Gin June Watermelon. Whether pure, on ice, as a gin and tonic or in a sophisticated cocktail - gin offers an incomparable flavour experience.