Saffron

Gin Botanical: Saffron. Saffron usually graces rice dishes and saffron buns more than it does gin. It has a rich, pungent, distinctive flavour and odour, and gives an intense yellow-orange colour to anything it comes near. My grandmother used to make saffron buns regularly when I was a kid; they were a firm favourite with …

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Cassia

Gin Botanical: Cassia Bark. Cassia is a common gin botanical and is a common ingredient in baking. Cinnamon buns anyone? Cassia: Facts. Cassia bark is a close relation to cinnamon, in that they both dried bark from trees of the genus Cinnamomum. In certain parts of the world, especially the US, cassia is often sold …

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Coriander

Gin Botanical: Coriander Seeds. Coriander seed is the second most popular gin botanical after juniper. Most gins contain it and only a rare few dare to omit it. Coriander: facts There is thought to be a genetic predilection to appreciation of the aroma of coriander. Coriander seed is one of the principle components of generic …

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Angelica Root

Gin Botanical: Angelica Root. Angelica root is one of three common root-botanicals of gin. These are often used as fixatives for lighter, more volatile flavours, stabilising these volatile flavours and helping the different oils to blend. Roots typically add earthy base-notes to the finished gin but they also add sweetness. Roots are usually some of …

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Gin Botanicals

I have been toying, on and off, for several years with writing a “Gin Botanicals” post. It’s always been lower on the priority list than the several bottles of unreviewed gins loitering and gathering dust on my shelf, and the issues of structure, length, where to draw the line, etc, always put me off. Well, …

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Juniper

Gin Botanical: Juniper Berries. Juniper is the one botanical that all gins have in common; without juniper, it just isn’t gin. Juniper really is the foundation of gin, it’s the canvass onto which you paint. If you were making a blade, the juniper is the steel that you shape, and the other botanicals are the …

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Larios Gin

I bought this bottle of Larios Gin in a Tenerife airport around this time last year. Every shop that had a booze shelf seemed to stock it, and every bar had it on-optic; it was as ubiquitous as Gordon’s is in the UK. So, when I saw a one-litre bottle in the airport, on-offer for around …

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