Dr Franciscus Sylvius was reportedly the person who invented gin and Sylvius Gin is named after him.
He did his work in the 17th century, at least a couple centuries after the first juniper berries were distilled with a grain spirit. Doesn’t matter, we won’t hold it against this gin which bears his name. Distilled at the Onder de Boompjes Distillery in the Netherlands, the gin draws its inspiration from Justus Walup’s considerable expertise in Genever and malt-wine. The base spirit is wheat, but the overall flavour profile is botanical driven rather than base-driven. Distilled in small batches, less than 800L, the distillery describes it as a “Holland Gin.”
Sylvius Dutch Dry Gin has a total of ten ingredients; all-natural and the real deal. The citrus fruits are freshly cut and the spices are ground when needed. Every single ingredient has had the utmost care and attention before getting drowned in our ultra wheat spirit!
The nose begins with caraway, cinnamon and a hint of citrus. anise-like notes, with grain and caraway, creating an illusory low note reminiscent of rye bread. The palate starts with a sharp caraway note, but considerable depth emerges: floral notes along with juniper come through in the mids. The finish has a lot of spice notes, as caraway comes through again, but this time with sweet liquorice and fennel notes as well. Sylvius Gin is a spice-forward contemporary style gin.
Nice on its own with bright caraway, anise and spice notes that don’t overwhelm. We’d look to try this in a Martini or Negroni.
In our opinion, this is a great Gin that is nicely balanced, and perhaps worthy of better stature in the gin community.