At Görlitzer Park in the middle of Berlin is a tiny distillery that makes a single gin called Riot Gin. It is a completely authentic craft distillery with a single small copper kettle, where 300 bottles are produced at a time. They are all tapped by hand, and the label is also applied by hand.
The gin is named after the great gin rebellion in England in the 18th century. The English Parliament believed that the cheap gin contributed to too much laziness, drunkenness and crime, so the politicians tried several times to make it harder and harder to sell gin. This led to riots in the streets of London in 1743, and Parliament was forced to relax some of its restrictions so that the townspeople could once again enjoy their gin.
Riot Gin – which incidentally won gold at Craft Spirits Berlin in 2020 – is a classic London Dry Gin with only seven botanicals. Juniper is of course self-prescribed, and in addition it contains classic flavors such as lemon peel, grape peel, coriander seeds, licorice root, kumquats (miniature oranges) and grains of paradise. The latter gives a delicious undertone of pepper and ginger, and they are also used in brewing Belgian ales.
The gin is suitable for a completely classic tonic, preferably with a slice of orange or lemon on top. It is quite strong, so a ratio of 1:3 or 1:4 is not out of the question.
- Contents: 50 cl
- Strength: 50% alc./vol.