Botanical: Licorice

Licorice RootLicorice (alternatively spelled liquorice) comes from the root of a perennial plant native to a large swath of Eurasia. It takes nearly three years for a licorice root to be ready for harvesting, requiring several years of growth. It’s popular in its native regions as both a sweetener and component of natural medicine.

It’s particularly of interest in gin, because the root itself is thought to have been widely used as a sweetening agent in early gins, including some Old Tom styles. Licorice has a distinctive flavor, similar to anise or fennel, but with a pronounced additional sweetness. It’s used in gins for both its flavor and for the sweetening effect.

Gins Featuring Licorice

Very Old Tom (Batch 1)

That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Very Old Tom is yet another unusual offering from the team behind the series of innovative

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Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin

Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin hails from That Boutique-y Gin Company’s line of one-off and limited-edition gins. David T. Smith (author and

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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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Hepple Gin

Hepple Gin is about process— an unusual one— or should I say, three. The three methods used to maximize the

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Knockabout Gin

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