The recipe for Citadelle Gin was developed by a distillery in Dunkirk in 1771. Dunkirk was one of the first ports of call in Europe for many explorers sailing back from the Orient, whose ships were laden with exotic herbs and spices. At this time, some distillers in the citadelle, the historic fortress protecting the city, distilled alcohol infused with the aromatic spices. Thus, the French gin was born, and though the production techniques have improved over the centuries, Citadelle Gin is made according to principles laid down in the original recipe.
Citadelle Gin is the only gin in the world made with 19 different spices, giving it a unique, complex, well-balanced flavour; the secret recipe is known only by the master distiller. In keeping with the traditions of the first European trading captains of the 17th Century, only the finest spices are used. This unrivalled variety of spices, including juniper, violets, savoury, star anise, almonds, lemon rind, cardamom, nutmeg, coriander, orange peel, cassia, angelica, licorice, grains of paradise, cubeb pepper, cumin, fennel, iris, cinnamon, comes from many distant and diverse countries.