Lessenich From a mad idea to a success story: Daniel Wartacz from Lessenich had a penchant for gin and “Naked Gin” is the result.
With the founding of his “Bonn cottage industry” in Martin-Legros-Straße, Daniel Wartacz fulfilled a dream in 2015 and in “Naked Gin”, created a brand exactly to his taste. Wartacz has long won over bars across the world with his own recipe. The “Naked” has already received several awards at international trade fairs. Now another award has been added: at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), the brand received the silver medal and is therefore one of the best gins in the world. The distillery from the federal city won against spirits from around 90 countries.
What was initially planned as a hobby with a small production of 290 bottles has long since become a hit in the industry. Gin from Bonn is now on the shelves of high quality specialist shops all over Germany.
Juniper, lavender, sloes, ginger and pepper
Wartacz will naturally not give out the exact recipe, but he does reveal some of the 21 ingredients: “Besides juniper, it contains lavender, sloes, ginger and pepper. Lavender and sloes remove the pungency of the alcohol, ginger and pepper provide spice and a rounded taste,” explains the founder of the one-man operation.
His gin is distilled in North Rhine-Westphalia. Wartacz does not want to reveal exactly where. Each bottle passes through the master’s hands after being filled. Wartacz then numbers, labels and seals each article personally. The Lengsdorf entrepreneur also wants to participate in international trade fairs and competitions in the future with two new products: the pear brandy “Mr Williams” and the pear liqueur “Mrs Williams”.
And how does Wartacz prefer to drink his gin? “As the name suggests, naked of course,” he laughs. Or with some ice and a sprig of rosemary at most. “Naked and pure,” he adds. So you do not have to take your clothes off to enjoy a “Naked”. How fortunate.
(Original text: Gabriele Immenkeppel. Translation: kc)