Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin is hand crafted in the traditional distillery that is owned and operated by the Zuidam Family, unlike their traditional genevers this is made to a traditional dry gin recipe. It is made from 9 different botanicals – Juniper berries and iris root from Italy, coriander from Morocco, angelica root, fresh sweet oranges and lemons from Spain, real whole bean vanilla from Madagascar, licorice root from India, cardamom pods from Ceylon. Zuidam actually distills each botanical separately and blends them together afterwards. This is an unusual way to do things but affords Zuidam more control over the production process and allows them to obtain the purest flavours from each botanical (each botanical has flavours that peak at different temperatures). Zuidam Dutch Courage Dry Gin is aged for 3 months prior to bottling. The term Dutch Courage, it is derived from English soldiers fighting in the Thirty Years War in the 17th century who would swore by the warming properties of Gin on the body in cold weather. Apparently them named the drink Dutch Courage. So, not only does the label have historical Dutch connections but a quirky name on the bottle also helps to give a good selling point.