Zuidam's Dutch Courage Dry Gin is made at the Zuidam Distillery in Baarle Nassau in the south of the Netherlands. The unique taste comes from the special blend of nine botanicals used together with its small batch distillation method. After selecting the finest botanicals, including fresh rather than dried oranges and lemons, each botanical is separately distilled in a small pot still. This method ensures that the best and the freshest flavours are distilled from each botanical. Then, after distillation, all the botanicals are carefully blended and combined with triple distilled grain spirit to create the unique fresh flavour that is Zuidam Dry Gin. This results in a premium Gin with fresh citrus and earthy juniper notes accompanied by a beguiling hint of spice and vanilla.
Zuidam Distillers was started back in 1975 by Fred van Zuidam. The idea was to start a small distillery that only produced very exclusive products. He build a small distillery of 300 square meters with 1 small copper still and 1 small production line. After a long and struggling beginning it took Fred van Zuidam over 10 years to create the reputation of being the finest distillery in the Netherlands. But it was only after his wife Helene van Zuidam started creating the packaging for the products of the distillery that business really took off. In 1989 Zuidam expanded their warehouse with 600 square meters and one production line. These days both sons Patrick and Gilbert run the distillery under the watchful eyes of their parents. With Patrick caring for the distillery and production and Gilbert looking after the customers. They run a state of the art distillery of 3600 square meters with 4 brand new copper stills, over 1000 oak barrels, 4 production lines and a modern tank storage. In all these years the aim of the distillery has never changed. Please the customers and try to produce the best products possible.
5 out of 5 Stars : Diffords Guide
Gold medal : International Spirits Challenge 2012
Master / Best in Class : Drinks Business
Best White Spirit of the year : Spirits Journal
Gold medal : BTI competition in Chicago
Classic, highest recommendation (96-100 points) : Wine Enthusiast
Gold medal : Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
Best in Show : Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
The term Dutch courage refers to artificial courage inspired by intoxicating drink, the adjective Dutch being a play upon the name " hollands," or Holland gin.
"Pull away at the usquebaugh (whisky), man, and swallow Dutch courage since thine English is oozed away."
Handy-book of Literary Curiosities by William Shepard Walsh