Vintage doesn’t mean quite what you think it does. Not quite like a wine, where the annual growing conditions (i.e. the rain, the heat) affect the composition of the grape; the evidence for annual variation based on botanical alone in spirits is tenuous at best. But that’s not what the folks at Blackwood Distillery are getting at (solely). In previous years the composition of their gin differed (such as the ’07 featuring mint and elderflower, or the ’08 featuring violet and bog myrtle). The 2012 variation that we are trying today features angelica, sea pink (!!), Marigold, Meadowsweet, among some of the more standard gin botanicals.
All Gins containing: Marigold
Almond Almonds Angelia Angelica Angelica Root anise Apple Basil Bay Leaves Bergamot Birch Leaves bitter orange Blackberry Black Currant black pepper Black Peppercorn Black Tea Blueberries Bog Myrtle Caraway Caraway Seed cardamom Cassia Cassia Bark Celery Seed chamomile Cilantro Cinnamon citrus Citrus Peel Clover Cloves coriander Crowberries cubeb Cubeb Berries Cucumber Damson Dandelion elderberry Elderflower Fennel fennel seed Frankinsence Galangal Ginger Grains of Paradise Grapefruit Green Cardamom Hawthorn Berries Hazelnut Heather Hibiscus Honey honeysuckle Hops Iris jasmine Juniper Kale lavender Lemon Lemon Balm Lemongrass Lemon Peel Lemon Verbena Licorice Lime Lingonberry Liquorice Meadowsweet Meyer Lemon Mint Nutmeg Orange orange peel Orris Orris Root Peach Pecan pink peppercorn pomelo Raspberry Rhubarb Rose Rose Hips Rosemary Rowan Berry Saffron Sage sasparilla savory Seabeans Seville Orange Sloe Sloes star anise. Thyme Vanilla Verbena