Founders of the Amsterdam Craft Gin Company, Alexander Janssens and Patrick van der Peet, created Gin 1689 based on an original 300-year-old recipe from the time of King William III of England, also known as William of Orange, and Queen Mary II, found in the archives of the British Library.
The founders spent two years searching the archives of the British Library for the recipe whilst living in London and were excited to uncover the
secret recipe in the rare books section. The recipe lists the original ingredients, but the exact quantities were concealed by a code created by the company of Distillers of London, which proved unbreakable. They acquired the exclusive rights to the recipe and tasked the master distiller at Herman Jansen in the Netherlands, a family distillery dating back to 1777, to recreate the gin recipe for them.
Distilled with the same botanicals as the 1689 recipe, the gin is a classic juniper style spirit in a distinctive royal blue bottle with luxurious gold lettering. Other botanicals include dried quince and pippin (apple), lemon and orange peel, nutmeg, aniseed, and clove.