Born from the passion of a true innovator in the spirits industry, Citadelle was the first of the new breed of artisinal gins. Distilled in small Cognac copper pot stills fired by naked flame, the recipe and production process would be at home in a Mitchelin starred kitchen. Each of the 19 botanicals is added to the bill at exactly the right time to extract the optimum flavour and create a beautifully balanced, world class gin.
Citadelle is a very special gin based on a recipe that dates back to 1775. The 19 botanicals are distilled over an open flame, using a copper pot still. Citadelle Gin has a delicate and fragrant nose of fresh flowers, jasmine, honeysuckle and cinnamon. After a few moments, stronger, more herbaceous aromas of anise, grains of paradise and cinnamon develop in a most remarkable way. The appetizing bouquet is reminiscent of gardens in springtime. On the palate, juniper gives way to a voluptuous complexity redolent of fresh flowers, leading into an elegant, round and highly refined finish.
Reserve Barrel Aged Gin
The ageing method used for Citadelle Reserve is a very intensive process of putting Citadelle into six different wood types - French Oak Cognac and ex-Pineau de Charente casks plus barrels made from Acacia, Mulberry, Chestnut and Wild Cherry wood, with the final liquids blended together in a unique egg shaped barrel which allows all the flavours to perfectly marry. “Barrel ageing tends to tame the flower and citrus feel of the gin and enhances the rounder, softer notes,” says Gabriel. “It is important to know that our goal is not to use as many botanicals as possible but instead, the botanicals are used to bring forward and enhance the classic taste of juniper berries that make a classic gin.” The result of the ageing is a golden colour and the addition of soft vanilla notes to the taste without overpowering the juniper.
OLD TOM GIN
Alexandre Gabriel’s version of this historical style gin, uses caramalised Caribbean brown sugar, added to aged Citadelle Reserve, then further aged in a barrel. The sweetness enhances some of Reserve’s already quite floral aromas, adding soft caramel and vanilla notes, and leading to a surprisingly fresh and juicy palate, accompanied by some spice.