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Gin has its roots in the spirit of Genever. Genever is a juniper-flavoured malt spirit produced in the Netherlands popular from the 1600s onwards and was particularly enjoyed by soldiers and sailors about to commence battle, the origin of the phrase "Dutch Courage". Genever eventually evolved into Gin when it reached the shores of Great Britain and innovative London distillers started to use more than just juniper to flavour their distillate.

Nowadays, Gin is produced worldwide and the number of botanicals used has expanded hugely with producers as far afield as Venezuela, South Africa and Japan have been experimenting with local herbs and spices to great effect.