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

Spirit of Hven Gin

Last updated September 29th, 2017 by Aaron

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Chapter One Gin

Last updated September 19th, 2017 by Aaron

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Green Hat Gin

Last updated September 9th, 2017 by Aaron

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Wight Mermaids Gin

Last updated August 14th, 2017 by Aaron

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

Last updated July 26th, 2017 by Aaron

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

Last updated June 5th, 2017 by Aaron

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

Last updated April 16th, 2017 by Aaron

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

Last updated February 22nd, 2017 by Aaron

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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