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Spirits experts recreate one of the earliest gin recipes
Published:  27 June, 2014

Spirits experts Gaz Regan, Dave Broom and Philip Duff have recreated what they believe to be one of the earliest gin recipes on record.

Funded by EWG Spirits & Wine, Gin 1495 will be distributed to a selection of bars and auctions around the world and will be gifted to gin and spirit museums.

The recipe which was recreated in the EWG Spirits & Wine head offices in Villevert near Cognac last week, was inspired by Philip Duff’s discovery of a recreational gin recipe from 1495.

Duff, who made the discovery while living in Rotterdam ten years ago, told DI: “This historic recipe, based on grape distillate, is part of the very foundation of the category.”
 
The team replicated the original 1495 version and created a modern interpretation.

Gin 1495, which numbers 100 bottles – made from earth and ware bottles – will be launched alongside a glass vessel of the modern creation.

Each Gin 1495 pack will be encased in a tome with a note from master distiller and founder of EWG Jean- Sébastien Robicquet along with a copy of the original recipe from the 1495 manuscript.
 
Robicquet said: “Gin 1495 is the fundamental expression of our business. It represents a search for knowledge, an insistence on quality and a reliance on the skills we draw from our heritage.
 
“We see the birth of gin, with a wine based spirit in 1495 and its rebirth today in 2014.”