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Gin is popular in Balearic Islands thanks to long-ago English military occupation, and this is a top brand

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Ginning up some gin

During the 18th century, Minorca came under English rule, and the many soldiers and sailors now seeking diversion in its cities and towns missed their traditional tipple, gin. And so the local Pons family, which operated many of the island's windmills, saw an opportunity to distill home-grown gin from locally grown juniper berries, naming it after one of their mills (which by the way can still be seen). This brand became a favourite among both servicemen and civilians, and eventually one of the island's most popular gins.



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