After the glorious Revolution in England in 1688, William of Orange (Stadtholder of Friesland) and his wife, Mary II, became one of the first protestant king and queen of England. William brought the Dutch Genever to England, in short Gen, which became the Gin we know nowadays. It was immediately popular, since William raised the taxes on the import of products from catholic countries, like wine, which was imported from catholic France, to a level that barely anyone could import it. At the same time, there were no taxes on the sales and production of the so called Gin.
Although Gin started as Genever, the two drinks grew apart over more than 300 years. In Gin much more juniper berries are used, leading to the “parfum like” smell and taste, compared to the average jenever.