Botanical: Meadowsweet

Meadowsweet Meadowsweet is one of those unique flavors which you’re unlikely to encounter much outside of gin. Owing its distinctive aroma primarily to coumarin, the essential oil which has a sweet, hay and vanilla aroma. Its popularity in gin is perhaps owed to Hendrick’s which had originally included Meadowsweet as one of its botanicals.

The plant itself is a 3-6 foot tall plant with feathery flowers at the top of reddish-purple stems. The plant is in the same family as common roses and is also known as Queen of the Meadow, because its tall white flowers appear like crowns, towering above the grasses below.

Gins featuring Meadowsweet

Gustaf Navy Strength Gin

Rating: Contemporary Navy Strength Gin with a strong floral perspective, though it suggests lavender, the rich vanillin and honey undertones buoy

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Price: € 43 / 500ml Proof: 85.2 Distiller: Kyrö Distillery CompanyOrigin: FinlandAvailability: Finland/EuropeRating: Spicy and piquant, Koskue where it’s Rye base on

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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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