Citadelle // Cognac, France
Citadelle Gin was created in 1989 by Alexandre Gabriel, a Cognac distiller who wanted to create another product during the Cognac off-season. During that time, Gabriel found a recipe from 1775 made by two Frenchmen, Carpeau and Stival, who were given a royal decree by Louis XVI. This discovery led Gabriel to create Citadelle Gin. This gin is made from a neutral wheat spirit distilled three times. 19 botanicals - juniper, violet root, coriander, almond, lemon rind, orange peel, angelica, cardamom, cassia bark, cinnamon, licorice, grains of paradise, cubeb, cumin, savory, star anise, nutmeg, fennel and orris root - are then steeped in the spirit 72 hours. The spirit is then distilled again in a small copper pot-still heated with an open flame. It is bottled at 44% ABV. Please note: Packaging update spring 2018.
Distilled GinThis style of gin takes a neutral spirit and then adds juniper berries and other natural flavorings before it is re-distilled. After distillation, additional flavors (artificial or natural) and sweeteners may be added.
"This gin has great aromas of spruce-scented juniper and a surprising amount of green coriander leaf that combine for a somewhat complex and herbaceous character. That palate has a nice richness (perhaps the result of those flame-powered pot stills) that finishes with a very intense spicy/sweet character fueled from the use of fresh cinnamon. A gin that has several classic components with a well-executed but somewhat simple focus on coriander and cinnamon. A sure-fire gin and tonic winner."