Orris Root

Gin Botanical: Orris Root

Orris root is the root of certain varieties of iris flower, specifically Iris germanica, Iris florentina, and Iris pallida.

Orris: Facts

Orris Root Powder

Orris Root Powder

  • Orris root is used in perfumery in the same way it’s used in gin making – that is, as a base note to bind and stabilise the other aromas.
  • The rhizome (or subterranean stem) of the orris root is usually dried and aged for 5 years before it is used in perfumery.
  • Powdered orris root is often used as one of the many ingredients in Ras el hanout, a premium spice mix (usually unique to each spice trader) that’s common across North Africa.

Orris Root: Nose

There’s a sweet, fresh floral note in the nose, but it’s subtle.

Orris Root: Taste

Orris root seems to bring an oiliness to the gin. There are definitely floral notes but I don’t know if I’m pulling hints of violet out of the mix because I’m expecting it. It also seems to integrate the various flavours of the gin as well. There’s a slight woody bite in the after-taste.

This is probably the most flavoursome of the gin root botanicals but it certainly is another ingredient that’s used for the effect it has on the finished product.

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