Botanical: Star Anise

star aniseStar Anise comes from the Illcium verum tree, native to Southeast Asia. Often seen as an inexpensive substitute for true anise in cooking, the distinctive star shaped fruits contain the aroma molecule anethole, responsible for the anise flavor.

In gins, it can be hard to tell which type of anise you’re tasting. The effect is very similar, as both anise and star anise impart a “anise” like flavor.

Gins featuring Star Anise

St. George Botanivore

Price:  $33 /  750 mLABV: 45% Distiller: St. George SpiritsOrigin:  California, United StatesAvailability: United States and Europe. Rating:  Absolutely beautiful, Botanivore is

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Spy Hop Distilled Gin

Price:   $40 / 750 mLABV: 42% Distiller: San Juan Island DistilleryOrigin:  Washington, United StatesAvailability:  WashingtonRating:  A nice spice-forward (cardamom-forward) contemporary style gin that’s

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Mother Earth Gin

Firstly, a special thanks to a couple of good friends from North Carolina who picked me up this delightful gin.

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Sylvius Gin

This is the first of what will be a new type of Gin Review here on the Gin is In. Impressions

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Citadelle Gin

Citadelle Gin is something of the “Elder Statesman” of the new style of gins. It’s been around long enough to

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Dry Gin 19

When I talk about Spain as the “bold frontier” of gin, you’ve got to understand: I’m not kidding. From the

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The season: that is the winter, brings to mind the notions of warmth, heat, and coziness. When I think of

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