Few people know about the strong link between Gin and Dutch Genever, a traditional distillate that has a long history. Dutch soldiers fighting the Spanish Army (1618-1648) used to sip Genever ahead of battles to find strength and bravery. Their English allies were amazed by the drink and lovingly named it Dutch Courage. Over the next decades, Genever was brought back to England where it became extremely popular. When King William of Orange (yes, a Dutch guy) raised duties on all imported spirits in 1690, the British people decided to make their own Genever. Partly due to lack of knowledge and technology, they came up with a less refined, sweet and spiced version: Old Tom Gin. Later improvements in technology led to the development of London Dry Gin.