- Oct 16, 2012
Wasn't the gin-racket started in England because of the popularity of smuggled Dutch jenever in the first place?
I think I recall reading about that somewhere.
I heard a podcast about the 1690s Gin Craze in december - BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, The Gin Craze
Seemingly the gin trade in england was fostered by king billy to end imports of brandy from france.
(Cork gin was a much later product: