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A Guide to Understanding the Botanical Aspects of Gin

Gin is a popular spirit renowned for its botanical characteristics. To be categorized as gin, the spirit must be formulated with a certain amount of juniper, which lends the pine flavor. Beyond this, distillers add some other botanicals to craft flavorful gin.

The freedom to choose the botanicals makes gin a unique spirit. Many distillers distinguish themselves based on the choice of different botanicals, local vegetation, and herbs they use in their spirit. However, there are some common botanicals used in every gin.

Here is a guide to understanding the botanical aspects of gin. Let’s take a look into the botanical ingredients that add flavor and aroma to the spirit. And due to the organic ingredients, they also offer many health benefits.

Juniper: You need to decipher juniper if you want to understand gin. It is compared to knowing the importance of barrels for whiskey lovers and grapes for wine aficionados. Juniper is a significant aspect of gin that is not only the major botanical but, legally, needs to be the prime essence in a spirit seeking to be a gin. Even the name “Gin” is taken from juniper—either from the Dutch jenever or from the French genièvre.


Citrus: Citrus is another important element used in gin. Most gin distillers use either lemon or orange peel. Instead of using the flesh, the producers use the peel to add citrusy, lemony, and fresh flavor. It also lends incredible aroma to the spirit.


Seed and Roots: Together with citrus and juniper, other most common botanicals are roots and seeds—distillers use different types of seeds and roots per their unique preferences. The common seeds and roots are coriander, cardamom, orris, and angelica. A blend of these botanicals lend spicy and peppery tasting notes.


Rosemary: Rosemary, widely known as a good herb for cooking, is also one of the primary ingredients used in gin production. Its oily quality and aromatic values make it an ideal element for crafting intriguing gins.


Lavender: Lavender cannot be classified as a common ingredient for gin. However, some gin producers use it to add floral notes to their spirit. The distillers who use lavender in gin should be careful because it can overtake the other taste notes if the amount of lavender is not used sparingly.


Cadée Distillery produces exceptional Intrigue Gin that is handmade in small batches using an 18th-century recipe. Produced using a dual distillation process, the spirit has a lush, fresh citrusy flavor profile. Find double gold award-winning gin at Cadée to experience a refreshing gin like none other. You can check it out it at cadeedistillery.com.

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