The Duke Munich Dry gin, as the name implies, originated in Munich and is named after Henry the Lion, member of the Welf dynasty, the Duke of Bavaria, who founded the city of Munich in 1158.
The gin was developed by two distillers, Maximilian Schauerte and Daniel Schönecker who built the distillery in Munich especially for gin production in 2008. The Duke formula consists of organically grown 13 herbs and spices including juniper berries, lavender, ginger root, coriander, angelica root, orange blossom, lemon peel and cubeb with a little addition of Bavarian hops. The combination of base alcohol and botanicals is done by maceration – botanicals and alcohol are mixed and transported into the fuel bladder, then heated and distilled in small batches in copper pot still.
The Duke Munich Dry gin shows aromas of juniper, eucalyptus, citrus, coriander, pine needles and touch of lavender; on the palate the display is similar with juniper and citrus in the foreground. This organic gin goes well with classic Schweppes Tonic as well as with Fever Tree Indian Tonic.