Botanical: Elderflower

ElderflowerSome have referred to Elderflower as “the catsup of flavors.” This is because of the fact that Elderflower seemingly can be used to make anything taste good.

In Gins though, Elderflower has boomed since 2012. Owing to the popularity of Elderflower cordials and St. Germain Liqueur, distillers have begun imbuing their gins with the distinctive floral aroma right from the outset. The Elderflower is the flower of the elderberry bush, and when used authentically, it must be harvested immediately in the spring upon blossoming. The flavor is slightly honey/vanilla/jasmine/pear, and completely unlike any other flavor our there.

Popular in central Europe since Roman times, it’s become increasingly common in gin, cordials and tonic waters.

Gins featuring Elderflower

 

Djinn Gin

Hailing from New Hampshire, Djinn Gin is made using the gin basket method of adding botanicals wherein botanicals are suspended

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Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick’s Gin launched in 1999. It likely needs no introduction. Hendrick’s Gin was launched by William Grant & Sons at

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Winter Flower Gin

From Prescott, Arizona the team at Thumb Butte Distillery seeks to capture the essence of the local. Each step from

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Stovell’s Wildcrafted Gin

Price:  £42 / 750 mLProof: 84 Distiller: Stovell’sOrigin: England, United KingdomAvailability:U.K. and Master of Malt.Rating:  Woody and green at first, the flowers

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Sir Robin of Locksley Gin

Price: $60 /750 mLProof: 81 Distiller: Locksley Distilling Co. Ltd.Origin: England, United KingdomAvailability: UK and US (NYC area as of now)Rating:  Sir Robin

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