Botanical: Apple

AppleA gin is more likely to be made from fermented and distilled apple base spirit than it is to include apple as a botanical; however in recent years we’ve seen some distillers begin playing with apple as a botanical.

Nearly a hundred million tonnes of apples are produced worldwide each year. The trees they grow on are botanically related to roses. Flavorwise, they range from the stark, acidic, and slightly green tasting Granny Smith, to apples which taste incredibly sweet. There’s a wide range of expression apple can take on in gins depending on the cultivar chosen.

Gins featuring Apple



Nikka Coffey Gin

Yes, that Nikka Coffey. From one of the biggest names in the world of Japanese whisky comes their Nikka Coffey Gin,

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Silo Gin

Silo Distillery in the town of Windsor (home of the Vermont Republic Constitution) makes Silo Gin, which is distilled in

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Shortcross Wild Clover Gin

Price:  N/A ABV: 46%Origin: Northern Ireland Distiller: Rademon Estate DistilleryAvailability: For members of the Craft Gin club in March ’16Rating: With the

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Tarquin’s Hedgerow Edition

Price:  N/A Limited Edition run of 250 bottlesABV: 42% Distiller: Southwestern DistilleryOrigin:  England, United KingdomAvailability:  A limited run of 250 bottles. Rating:

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Dry Fly Gin

Up north to Washington we go, to the Pacific Northwest. If you haven’t heard, it’s quite a hot bed for

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Caorunn Gin

Caorunn gin captivated me from the first time I heard about. Exotic botanicals are nothing new in modern gin. With

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