Botanical: Juniper

JuniperJuniper is the only botanical which is in all gins. The cones of the juniper bush (often referred to as “juniper berries”) are required by legal statute, to be present and perceptible, in order for a spirit to be called gin. Juniper is in 100% of spirits that are designated as gins.

The juniper berry is known for imparting the traditional pine note of gin, although it can also come across as resiny, waxy, herbaceous, or even green and fresh. The juniper in gin is generally Juniperus communis; however, occasionally distillers use local species which can have a very different flavor in gin.

Gins featuring Juniper

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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Jensen Bermondsey Gin

I interviewed distiller Dr. Anne Brock at the Bermondsey Distillery in my book Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan

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Fundy Gin

Fundy Gin is named for one of Nova Scotia’s great maritime attractions: The Bay of Fundy. It’s home to the

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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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