When Andreas van Loy saw those almost black flowers, he knew his journey had finally come to an end, just as he was beginning his return home without having fulfilled his mission. He had been sailing the Java Sea for almost two years in search of the ochre-coloured pollen that was said to be an infallible remedy for a new pandemic. His quest was an assignment from the Dutch East India Company, sought to develop production of a gin that would alleviate the ill effects of the disease among the population.
The return voyage was a real odyssey. Bandits, disease, pirates and storms decimated the troops and the merchandise. When they finally returned to the Netherlands, the quantity of pollen had dwindled dramatically. The original goal to save the populace had to be abandoned as there was only enough of the coveted spice for a hundred bottles. 'A hundred and no more, Andreas, a hundred and no more,' the Prince of Orange is said to have reproached him. To which he added, patting the disheartened explorer on the back: 'But they are guarded like treasure.'
100&NOMORE is a tribute to the adventurous spirit of the age, to people like van Loy, to the origins of gin, to the spice trade and to all those who go in search of new feelings, new challenges and new flavours. They are few, but they are the greatest. 100&NOMORE!