Empson USA Imea

Fact Sheet

Location: Piedmont and Tuscany, Italy.

Imea Gin is a modern-day recreation of what gin was like at the end of 1800?s in Italy. The distillery, Distilleria Quaglia, was founded shortly after the unification of Italy in 1860 and is currently in its fourth-generation. Today the company is directed by Carlo, great grandchild of the founder, who is working to expand the product line while staying true to the company?s history of artisan excellence.

Points of Differentiation

  • This compound gin is the Italian interpretation of what gin was like at the end of 1800?s in Italy
  • Taken from a rare Italian text containing about 2,000 liqueur recipes the recipe dates to 1897.
  • Made from very few botanicals
  • Juniper is the prominent flavor, followed by anise which in the 1800?s was a substitute for sugar.
  • Vintage-inspired packaging and a distinctive flavor.

The History

Gineprina d?Olanda is an Italian expression that was created towards the end of the 1800s to describe the types of gins coming from the Netherlands when international blending and foreign distilled spirits prevailed in Italy. The expression was rediscovered in a rare Italian text that contained a collection of approximately two thousand liqueur recipes that were quite popular in the 1800s. The book was used by distilleries that started operating in that period to meet the demands of a prosperous alcoholic beverage market.

Over time the cost of transport and customs duties, the World Wars, and consumer trends moved spirit production away from using traditional ingredients, until recently when the Imea distillery decided to try and recreate the historic gin.

Today, Imea?s Gineprina d?Olanda is produced using the original and unique formula and is a true expression of the liqueur culture of the 1800s, made from traditional ingredients, created with simple recipes, and containing very few flavorings.

The Location

The distillery, which has been in operation since the 1890s is located in the sunny hills between Monferrato and Turin. The distillery is in its fourth generation, run by Carlo Quaglia the great-grandson of the founder. In compliance with the tradition and authenticity of the distillery, Carlo focuses on satisfying the needs of consumers by offering a product that contains the finest quality.