Botanical: Grains of Paradise

[caption id="attachment_8565" align="alignleft" width="250"] By Shaddiii (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Grains of Paradise actually comes from a plant closely related to ginger.

Native to West Africa, the name itself was assigned by European spice traders who sought to inflate the seeds’ price on the European market. Flavorwise, it’s slightly spicy and reminiscent of black pepper and was an inexpensive substitute during the height of the spice trade in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In modern times, we know it for its own flavor which is unique and complementary in gin, imparting a flavor somewhere between black pepper, coriander and cardamom.

Gins featuring Grains of Paradise

Chapter One Gin

Perhaps Temple Distilling’s signature gin’s name is tongue and cheek— an acknowledgment of sorts— that in the crowded gin shelf—

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Green Hat Gin

Green Hat Gin is a grain-to-glass gin distilled at New Columbia Distillers’ distillery in the outskirts of Washington D.C. Beginning

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Wight Mermaids Gin

Isle of Wight Distillery’s Wight Mermaids Gin boasts local coriander— the first commercial coriander operation in England. Mermaids Gin also

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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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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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St. Laurent Gin

The seaweed in St. Laurent Gin is laminaria longicruris, perhaps better known to sailors of North America as Oarweed. This kind of kelp

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Diep 9 Old Genever

Diep 9 Old Genever starts from rye, wheat, and of course malted barley— all locally grown in East Flanders.  It’s

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Untitled Gin No. 2

Untitled Gin No. 2 is the second gin in One Eight Distilling’s line of aged gins. We previously reviewed Untitled

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