Spirit Cartel introduces "duo of Dutch-Indonesian hybrids"

Spirit Cartel is introducing Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin and Schiedam Jenever to the UK.

The duo of Dutch-Indonesian hybrids owe their existence to the 150 year-old shared history of the two countries; the brand is named after the two founders’ grandfather who emigrated to Holland in the 1950s but who missed the taste of Indonesia and therefore started infusing Dutch jenever with spices from his homeland.

Inspired by this story, in 2014 his grandsons partnered with one of Holland’s oldest distilleries, Schiedam-based Herman Jansen, to create a gin using Bobby’s original ingredients. This was followed three years later with the pair’s jenever, using a new recipe nicknamed The Grandsons’ Cut.

The gin features eight botanicals and the jenever five. In the gin, juniper strongly anchors the liquid while clove, cubeb pepper, cinnamon and lemongrass lend a distinctive Eastern element. Rose hips, fennel and coriander complete the ingredients. The gin is described as being “spicy and fragrant on the nose, with a fresh burst of citrus and herbs at first sip, with a slight hum of pepper”.

The jenever uses five botanicals – juniper, cardamom and ginger, plus lemongrass and cubeb pepper. Based on a traditional malt wine, it is fragrant on the nose, with a burst of lemongrass and herbs at the first sip.

David Hood, general manager at Spirit Cartel, said: “Bobby’s drinks may be crafted in the home of gin and jenever, but they beautifully incorporate Indonesian flavours to create the best of both worlds, East and West.”

The bottle designs are modeled on the classic Dutch jenever “kruik” and decorated with a traditional Indonesian “ikat” pattern.

Bobby’s Shiedam Dry Gin is priced at £37.99 while the Jenever is £35.99. The drinks are available via Spirit Cartel as well as Amathus and Master of Malt.