WhiskyNet Insight: East Meets West – Bobby’s Journey

  • 8 Jul 2021 3:54 PM
WhiskyNet Insight: East Meets West – Bobby’s Journey
Summer is in full swing in July, especially now that the temperature is constantly above 30°C. We can all enjoy football games, barbeques, going to the beaches, having long walks by the setting sun, reading. dancing or enjoying drinks with our friends.

One of the most refreshing drinks of summer is surely an ice-cold gin tonic. Even the view of the gin tonic glass with the water drops flowing down its side can cool us down. And if you want to try an exceptional gin which was voted best gin of the Netherlands 2019, search no more: it is Bobby’s!

Bobby’s Dry Gin is named after the creators’ grandfather, Jacobus Alfons, known to his friends and family as Bob or Bobby. The man who unwittingly created a recipe of Dutch Courage and Indonesian Spirit. It took the grandsons almost two years to make Bobby’s, a very fine and balanced dry gin.

The story of Bobby’s Dry Gin

1777 – In Schiedam, the genever capital of the world, Herman Jansen distils his first malt wine gin. This unique spirit, lovingly known as ‘Dutch Courage’, is shipped to the United Kingdom, where it evolved to what we now know as London Dry Gin.

1950 – Jacobus Alfons, or ‘Bobby’, born in Naku, Ambon (Indonesia), migrated to the Netherlands. Bobby loved Dutch genever, but missed the taste of home, so he started infusing his genever with familiar Indonesian spices and herbs.

2012 – Bobby’s grandson Sebastiaan was inspired by the story about his grandfather and his unique Indonesian recipe, so he went to Schiedam where he met the seventh-generation master distiller of Herman Jansen. Together they started working on creating a unique gin, blending the tradition of Schiedam genever with the best Indonesian botanicals and spices.

East meets West in a gin

Bobby’s is a unique blend of Dutch genever and Indonesian spices and traditional botanicals. Spicy and fragrant on the nose, a fresh burst of citrus and herbs at first sip and with a slight hum of pepper.

The unique herbs which were used in this gin are lemongrass, cloves, coriander, cubeb pepper and cinnamon. But the good old dry gin herbs are represented as well: juniper, rose hips and fennel.

Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin only uses organic ingredients to create its characteristic scent and taste.

Indonesian Ikat motifs on the bottle

The bottle of Bobby’s Dry Gin is a modern interpretation of a classic jenever bottle called the ‘kruik’ with a strong and modern interpretation of its shape and made in beautiful brown and grey smoked glass.

The screen printed Ikat pattern is traditional Indonesian. With these traditional elements, a unique mixture of East and West was created.

Bobby’s gins to try

Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin

Great citrusy, vibrant sweet-dry aromas. If you try it, you will surely remember it! Super premium quality, it is highly recommended!

Bobby’s Schiedam Jenever

Bobby's Jenever is based on the so-called malt wine, or barley malt distillate, which is then distilled with juniper and Indonesian spices to create an exotic taste.

Bobby’s Gin 5YRS Edition

This spirit celebrates the five years collaboration between the grandsons and the distillery. The base is a Notaris malt spirit genever batch 2014, the birth-year of Bobby’s Dry Gin. Then the distillate was aged in special virgin American oak barrels.

Bobby’s gin perfect serve recipes


There is no such thing as a perfect gin tonic, but we can surely try to create one! Off course we start off with the essential, Bobby’s Schiedam Dry Gin, pour 50ml into a glass full of ice. Then we will need 150ml tonic for a proper balance between gin and tonic. We suggest to choose J.Gasco Indian Tonic. To accentuate the spice and fragrance, garnish with a wedge of orange and a few cloves.

Jenever Spring

Let’s start off with Bobby’s Jenever, pour 50ml into a long drink glass, filled with ice cubes. Add 150ml of your favourite ginger ale for a proper taste balance. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

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