Botanicals Distilled is a series of blog posts explaining the origin, characteristics, taste and uses in gin of individual botanicals. Find out why juniper is the key flavour in gin, why coriander is liked and loathed in equal measure and many other quirks of gin botanicals.
Cloves are the ultimate Christmas spice. Whether spiking a mandarin pomander or spicing up a mince pie, this dried flower bud punches above its weight with its distinctive aroma and unmistakable flavour. Who would think that something so small could have such a culinary impact? Or that they could be used as a botanical in gin?
Pink peppercorn adds a piquant peppery bite to gin but without the sourness of cubebs. Somewhat fruity and tart it makes an appearance in a number of gins as a supporting role. Find out more here.
Who would think that rose could be used as a botanical in gin? But the damask rose, so named after Damascus in Syria from which it originated, is often used in the creation of liqueurs, perfume and gin through the processes of infusion and distillation.