Proclaimed on the bottle as the “best of both worlds, east and west,” Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin is based on a recipe of Jacobus, better known as Bobby, Alfons. Eight botanicals are each distilled on their own before being blended together to create his namesake gin.

But Jacobus’s story is an interesting one. An immigrant, he was born in Indonesia. Raised on the vibrant spices which once drove the Dutch to the Indies during the 17th and 18th century spice trade, he fell in love with Genever and began playing around with infusions, pairing the spices of his youth with Dutch spirits, just as the Dutch did long ago. In fact, students of gin might not be so surprised to hear that of all the gins I’ve had, this one most closely resembles the 2014 recreation of a 1495 gin recipe (Review Verbatim 1495)