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Damrak Gin

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Damrak Gin

Damrak Gin

The Bottom Line

Damrak Gin is an interesting gin that has become a favorite. The Lucas Bols recipe dates back to Amsterdam in the 1700's and is said to be the oldest known gin recipe. Despite it's antiquity it is not what we would think of as a Dutch gin, one such as a Genever, but is more of a cross between that and a London dry. It is a spectacular gin for a variety of drinks and is exceptionally smooth and robust, due to its 17 botanicals. This is a great Martini gin and its complexity is ideal for many of the classic, clean, gin cocktails.


  • Versatile, mixable and smooth gin.
  • Nice orange and juniper flavor and creamy palate.


  • Not intensely juniper (both good and bad thing depending on the drink).


  • Distilled 5 times with juniper, citrus, honeysuckle and other botanicals.
  • Produced by Lucas Bols
  • Imported by Remy Cointreau USA, Inc.
  • 83.6 proof (41.3 alc/volume)
  • Retails for around $28/750ml bottle

Guide Review - Damrak Gin

Damrak Gin is very impressive and worthy of a regular spot in the bar. Its blend of botanicals adds a unique complexity to many drinks, the Martini and Gimlet are two great examples. The citrus notes also pair nicely with orange in an Abbey Cocktail or an Eddy and play off the framboise and ginger ale of a Floradora and the bitterness of Campari in a Negroni. It is many of the classic, neat cocktails where Damrak shines but those which are more complex - like the Million Dollar Cocktail, Martinez, Emerson - are not quite as ideal. Those drinks can be too dimensional, almost distracting to the taste buds. On the other side, Damrak makes a nice duo base. Try it in a Gin & Tonic, Tom Collins or Gin Buck for a completely different experience.

Tasting Notes:
The aroma is strongly citrus with notes of honeysuckle. The robust palate is creamy with a light juniper base and an array of spicy and sweet herbs that sparkle among each other in an ever changing display. Damrak finishes off with a white pepper snap just to top things off right.

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