Boe Gin (Boë Gin)

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 5 060075 960192 >
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Screw / Stelvin cap

More about Boë Gin

Produced by: G&J Distillers
Owned by: VC2 Brands
UK consumer PR by: The Big Partnership
UK trade PR by: The Big Partnership
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alc./vol: 47%

Proof: 94°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: Unaged

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

Distilled using a Carterhead still and a vapour infusion process with 13 botanicals and said to be inspired by the original Dutch genever recipe, widely credited to Professor Sylvius de Bouve.
Professor Sylvius de Bouve was a chemist, alchemist, renowned scholar and one of the founding professors of the oldest university in the Netherlands, Leiden University (founded in February 1575). He added oil of juniper to grain spirit to make what he called genièvre to be used a stimulant and diuretic. It is presumed that it was Dr Sylvius’ recipe that was later commercialised by Lucas Bols. In records dating back to 1595, Sylvius de Bouve sold a juniper-flavoured distilled moutwijn (malt wine), but it is likely he was selling this many years earlier, possibly as early as 1572.

It is perhaps worth mentioning here that Sylvius de Bouve is often confused with a German doctor, Franciscus Sylvius, born Franz de le Boë (1614-1672), also known as Dr Sylvius, who was professor of medicine at the University of Leyden some ninety years later (1658-1672). Perhaps this Scottish gin is crediting the wrong Dr Sylvius?

Originally made at Scotland’s Deanston Distillery the brand owners (VC2 Brands) have not disclosed where their gin is now made other than confirming they have moved production from Deanston. Due to the disclosed use of a Carterhead still we presume Boë is now made by G&J Distillers.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 12/07/2014


Crystal clear.


Pine, lemon and lime zest, lavender, white pepper and cubeb berry spice.


Pine and white pepper and cubeb berry spice with faint violet.


Faint violet notes continue on the spicy finish.

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