Citadelle Gin Reserve 2011 Limited Edition

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 44.7%

Proof: 89.4°

Vintage: 2011

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of France France

First introduced in 2008 Citadelle Reserve is one of the first ‘aged gins’ of the modern age with each subsequent vintage release being slightly different in style. This third Citadelle Reserve, was distilled with the usual 19 Citadelle Gin botanicals but distilled to a higher proof.

Citadelle Gin is made in direct fired (naked flame) Charentais copper pot stills in cognac stills using French wheat neutral spirit and 19 botanicals:

1. French juniper berries
2. Orris root
3. French violet root
4. Moroccan coriander
5. Almonds
6. Spanish lemon peel
7. Mexican orange peel
8. Angelica from North Germany
9. Indian cardamom
10. Indian nutmeg
11. Cassia bark from Indochina
12. Sri Lankan cinnamon
13. Mediterranean fennel
14. African grains of paradise
15. Cubeb from Java
16. Chinese liquorice
17. Cumin
18. French anise
19. Savory

The AOC laws of the Cognac region, which stated that cognac can only be distilled between November and March, left the region’s copper alembic stills and skilled distillers unutilised for six months of the year. Alexandre Gabriel, owner of Cognac Ferrand, lobbied the BNIC, the governing body of Cognac, to allow him to use his stills to produce gin during those months when he could not make cognac. Having succeeded he researched historic French gin production and discovered that in 1771 two distillers in Dunkirk, Carpeau and Stival, had made gin from juniper berries and exotic spices brought by vessels arriving from the Orient for sale to gin crazed England. Incredibly, their distillery was located in the Dunkirk’s Citadelle, the historic fortress protecting the town. Hence Alexandre named his gin Citadelle gin.

Knowing that gin was originally stored and transported in wooden barrels and therefore somewhat ‘aged’, in the mid-2000s Alexandre Gabriel began experimenting with barrel-aging his Citadelle Gin and introduced aged Citadelle Gin Reserve Limited Edition in 2008.

With each subsequent annual release of Citadelle Gin Reserve Gabriel has fined-tuned the aging process, experimenting with different types of casks and aging periods.

Citadelle Gin Reserve is available in limited quantities in individually numbered bottles.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 12/07/2014


Clear, pale straw yellow.


Piney juniper and tree sap, lemon zest, lychee, buttery oak and vanilla with green apple, fresh grass and peaches.


Dry buttery oak, piney juniper, sweet vanilla and zesty lemon sorbet with beautifully integrated herbal spice. Faint notes of ripe cherry notes.


Elegantly oaky piney juniper and eucalyptus with delicate herbal spice.

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Produced by: Maison Ferrand
Owned by: Cognac Pierre Ferrand
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