Botanical: Cardamom

CardamomCardamom is one of the world’s most expensive spices, some say only surpassed by vanilla and saffron. The plant is native to Southeast Asia, in particular India which has been one of the world’s largest producers since the days of the spice trade.

Very little cardamom is needed to impart its strong, resinous and slightly cooling flavor, familiar to anyone who has had chai tea. In recent times, it has become emblematic of the contemporary gin movement. In part, due to its overuse in some early contemporary style gins. Cardamom can provide gins a distinctive sweet spicy flavor that works incredibly well with juniper and coriander.

Gins featuring Cardamom

Calamity Gin

Calamity Gin— Get it, Calamity Jane?— is produced by Southwest Spirits and Wine.  A large Texas based distillery, they produce

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Whyte Laydie Dry Gin

Montgomery Distilling’s Whyte Laydie Dry Gin begins from a base of Montana grown wheat— cultivated on the Montgomery family ranch. It’s

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Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin

Seagram’s Extra Dry Gin has been continuously produced since 1939. For a long time, Seagram’s Gin was The American gin. Distilled

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No. 209 Gin

No. 209 Gin is a surprising elder statesman among American gins. First produced in 2005, the distillery whose license was

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Sacred Gin

I visited Ian Hart’s Sacred Spirits Company headquarters in Highgate, London and interviewed the distiller himself in my most recent Gin:

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