Bobby's Schiedam Gin
Bobby's Schiedam Gin is a fresh take on a classic. Eight botanicals, separately distilled, no additives, sugars or extractions. Simply pure taste.
Bobby’s are a company based in Schiedam, the original home of gin, where genever is still made today. Surrounded by the rich history of the drink, this is a gin steeped in history - and juniper! Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin is named after the makers grandfather, Jacobus Alfons, known to his friends and family as Bob or Bobby. Born in Naku, Ambon (Indonesia), Bobby migrated to the Netherlands in the 1950s. He loved Dutch Jenever, but missed the taste of home, so he started infusing his jenever with familiar Indonesian spices and herbs. Unknowingly creating his own gin and laying the foundation for Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin.
Bobby's is a unique blend of Indonesian spice and traditional botanicals. Spicy and fragrant on the nose with a fresh burst of citrus and herbs at first sip and a slight hum of pepper.
Full of excitement at the recent London Gin Festival, a hot list of new gins to explore and find something new, exciting and bold. That excitement was drained away by inadvertently trying Bobby's Schiedam Dry Gin at my first stop. Neat there are punchy aromas of clove, lemongrass, spicy pepper and rosehip rising out of the glass and slapping you across the face in the style of the old Tango adverts. It felt like you had walked off a sun-soaked beach in the far east into the cooled, enticing environment of a beautiful spa. On the palate the taste trip to Asia was sudden and as bold as the aroma, then familiar warmth of juniper and a roundedness from vanilla bringing you back to the Amsterdam/Genever roots.
Needless to say after that flavour explosion I had no chance of finding anything comparable for the rest of the day, some close, but not quite there. So be warned, this could seriously dampen your enjoyment of some other spectacular gins, leave it as the treat for the end of the evening like a trip to the spa for a relax and unwind after a long day on the beach.