Region - Cognac, France


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    Modelled after the French Royal distillery patented by King Louis XVI in 1775, the Citadelle Gin distillery has yet another visionary, albeit a modern one, at its helm. Alexander Gabriel of the Pierre Ferrand Cognac lineage along with his master distiller decided to revive the original style of gin making at their distillery in Cognac. Citadelle is painstakingly distilled from wheat the way gins were in the 18th century – in small Charentais copper pots and using a naked flame, the only remaining gin that is distilled this way.

    Citadelle Jardin d’Été

    41.5 % Abv – 700ml

    It is summer in a bottle. This artisanal dry gin is inspired by the fruits and flowers of the garden of Château de Bonbonnet in France. Imagine it as a sensory postcard of the place, bearing accents of the garden fruit: whole lemon, Charentais melon flesh, yuzu and orange peel. And to round it off, juniper berries cultivated by hand from the orchard out front.


    The gin is a blend of 22 botanicals, which are distilled at low temperature to intensify the freshness of the fruit. Each botanical is infused for a different length of time, and then distilled in small copper pot stills. 


    The gin is already making waves, winning Master at Spirits Business Gin Masters, Double Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021, and Gold at International Spirits Challenge 2021.


    Drink it neat, on the rocks, with sparkling water, or make a cocktail with tonic, lemon zest and a lemon peel twist.


    Tasting Notes: This is an ideal summer drink, fresh, delicate and aromatic. On the nose, it’s intensely fresh, with floral highlights complemented by citrus and a spicy touch from fennel.  It’s bright and crisp on the palate, with citrusy and floral flavours, a heart of juniper that evolves into earthy spice notes of nutmeg, star anise and Sichuan peppercorn to tickle the throat. Melon gets pushed to the backdrop, which rounds off the herbaceous. The finish is long and floral.