Wherefrom & Whereto
One evening in the autumn of 2007, two young gentlemen came together to appreciate a well-earned Gin & Tonic after work. The night progressed and as the friends blended and consumed multiple variations of the cocktail, they started to discover an unmistakable truth. However pleasant the drinks were, a certain ingredient seemed to be missing. Unsatisfied, with the existing products they made a bold decision: To take things into their own hands, quit their jobs and craft a truly unique Gin.
»Total abstinence is so excellent a thing that it cannot be carried to too great an extent. In my passion for it, I even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself.« (Mark Twain)
Passion and dedication drove the founders’ persistency in the quest for the perfect serve. A spark of ‘GINspiration’ was sufficient to ignite a blazing motivation to create it themselves. Merely committed Gin enthusiasts in the beginning, Max and Daniel soon acquired a profound understanding of the underlying methods and techniques which would turn out to be the vital ingredient in fulfilling their dream of distilling a unique Gin of the highest quality possible.
Aquiet backyard in the heart of Munich became the birthplace of their creation. After one long year of testing, crafting, and undergoing small modifications of the recipe, the first bottled ‘THE DUKEs’ left the basement of the distillery in 2008. With that they had created a gin which stayed true to its organic and local roots. Suplied by carefully selected producers and local farmers ‚THE DUKE‘ is granted a one of a kind taste. Since then, the specially manufactured copper still has been steaming and bubbling tirelessly.
Looking back, we are fiercely proud of the role ‘THE DUKE’ has played in the renaissance of our beloved juniper spirit. As pioneers of German gin we will be taking the next major step in developing our distillery. Things remain ‚GINteresting‘.
The welcoming banks of the Isar have already persuaded Duke ‘Henry the Lion’ to thrive in this town. After tearing down a famous bridge he paved the way for the foundation of Munich in 1158 by building a renewed bridge, which would consequently turn the monk settlement ‘Munichen’ into a wealthy village.
“Teetotaller: a person who cannot resist the temptation of robbing themselves of pleasure.” (Ambrose Bierce)
In thankful devotion, we dedicate our Munich Dry Gin to the noble spirit of our namesake, the Duke. We are certain that Henry himself would have enjoyed “THE DUKE – Munich Dry Gin”.