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Gin was first produced in Holland and quickly moved to England where it grew in popularity.  Today, gin is made in areas where British and Dutch influences have historically been strong.  It is produced in England, Scotland, Holland, Germany, The United States, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.  Below are the styles produced in a few of these countries.

 

England

 

The English tend to primarily produce London Dry Gin from column stills.  English Gins tend to have a citrus flavor, due to their choice of botanicals (dried lemon and orange peels, among others).  They generally have a high proof and are usually consumed chilled or as a mixed drink

           

Spain

 

The Spanish primarily produce London Dry Gin from column stills.  They consume it as a mixed drink as well, but often with cola rather than tonic.

 

United States

 

The United States is actually the world’s largest Gin market.  Like Spain and England, the majority of the Gin produced in the U.S. is London Dry Gin produced in column stills.

 

Belgium and Holland

 

Belgium and Holland produce Genever, which is made in pot stills.  Genever is aged in oak casks for one to three years and has a much fuller body.  These Genevers are chilled and served straight.

 

Germany

 

Germany produces Dornkaat, which is a Genever style gin produced in Frisia (a region on the eastern edge of the North Sea).  This is a very light version of Gin, lighter in body than both London Dry Gin and Genever. In Germany, Dornkaat is chilled and served straight.

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