Botanical: Vanilla

drying vanilla beansVanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world. The vanilla bean grows on orchids which are native to Central America, but have since been introduced around the world, especially to Réunion and Madagascar. Though difficult to grow, it’s one of the most popular flavors in the world.

Vanilla is rarely the star of a gin, it’s inclusion is often similar to its inclusion in baked goods. The flavor of vanilla often enhances the flavor of other ingredients. It’s also important not to confuse Vanilla the botanical, with Vanillin, the phenolic aldehyde which comes from aging spirits such as gin in oak barrels.

Gins featuring Vanilla


Pink Pepper Gin

Pink Pepper Gin is Audemus Spirits’ signature creation. An incredible melange of unusual gin botanicals. They’re each handled individually and

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McQueen Mocha Gin

The McQueens, hail from Scotland, and their line of gins sought to shake things up and stand out on the

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Buss No. 509 Raspberry Gin

Price: £47/ 700 mLProof: 75 Distiller: Buss SpiritsOrigin: ScotlandAvailability: Belgium, or more widely through Master of Malt. Rating: A lovely balance of raspberry and

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Zuidam Dutch Courage

So the name, “Dutch Courage,” is attributed to a possibly apocryphal story about the origin of gin in England. Supposedly

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