Let’s start with some history. In a nutshell, of course.
It’s the Golden Age. The Damrak harbour (Amsterdam’s “inner harbour”) is the mooring place for merchant ships arriving from and departing to exotic ports across the globe. Here herbs, fruits and spices are unloaded before being weighed and tested for quality.
Gin has already been invented a couple of year earlier by the Dutch professor Franciscus de le Boë Sylvius, but it’s around 1700 the foreign privileged also started to drink it. Gin became very popular as a typical English product and a hype was born.
Nowadays, history repeats. Coming from the Lucas Bols distillery in the heart of Amsterdam, we are proud to be the Amsterdammer among the London boys. Because that’s where it all started.
So, who are we?
Damrak is an authentic Amsterdam gin brand. With fresh citrus notes, we are everything but a standard London dry gin. We are a real Amsterdammer: proud yet accessible, clever yet genuine, edgy yet deep-down smooth and charming. DAM tasty in a gin & tonic, served with a slice of orange or two. We are ‘the best DAM gin’ and we are here to spread Amsterdam pride all over the world.
The best DAM ingredients.
There are 17 different ingredients that give Damrak Gin its DAM good taste. Some of them we disclose, but some are the Master Distiller’s secret.
The main distillate consists of the best quality Curaçao oranges. The distillate of these peels highlights the citrusy character of Damrak Gin; like a triple-sec liqueur without sugars. Valencia oranges give Damrak Gin its sweet and distinctive aroma, while lemons provide the freshness.
In every gin, there are juniper berries. Even though we deliberately added little less juniper berries, it is still clearly noticeable in taste and smell.
Adding some herbs and spices like angelica root, cinnamon, lavender and star anise results in the unique flavor of Damrak Gin.