Base Spirit: Corn

The base spirit of a gin refers to the distillate to which botanicals were added. It’s helpful to think about the base spirit as a vodka-like spirit that the distiller used as a starting point— a blank canvas upon which the gin was designed.

But choice of base alone doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to taste it. Depending on choices the distiller makes, such as how many times the base is distilled, or to what strength it is distilled to— there might be no character at all coming from the base spirit.

Corn Base

Gin is rather unique among spirit categories. While many spirits are defined by the type of distillate— for gin this is not true. Gin can have any base spirit, and as long juniper is predominant. It’s gin.

Corn spirit is American origin. During the era of European exploration corn was one of the first crops that they took back to their home continent.

In the modern day, many gin distillers are playing with corn as a base. Firstly, because it is easily and widely available. Grown to surplus levels, especially stateside it’s an easy source of fermentable sugar. Secondly, if a distillery is also distilling a bourbon— which legally requires at least 51% of the mash bill to be corn— they probably are bringing a great deal of it in.

But thirdly and most importantly— many people choose a corn base because of the taste and texture. Corn spirit is often described as being slightly sweeter in character, especially on the finish than other grains. Corn spirit can also have residual character suggestive of— well corn. Corn chips, masa dough, or creamed corn aren’t unheard of as tasting notes for corn spirit.

Gins with a corn base

 

Striped Gin

Last updated November 12th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Mythic Gin

Last updated August 28th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Big Gin

Last updated July 22nd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Spišská Borovička s horcom

Last updated June 24th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Wiggly Bridge Gin

Last updated April 26th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Blue Line Gin

Last updated January 16th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Grays Peak Gin

Last updated January 10th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Batch No. 12 Gin

Last updated January 2nd, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Few Spirits Breakfast Gin

Last updated December 19th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Ungava Gin

Last updated December 6th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Brooklyn Gin

Last updated October 19th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Watershed Bourbon Barrel Gin

Last updated March 16th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Prairie Handcrafted Gin

Last updated March 14th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Ivy City Gin

Last updated September 1st, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Abernathy Gin

Last updated July 13th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Austin Reserve Gin

Last updated March 13th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

River Rose Gin

Last updated March 19th, 2012 by Aaron Knoll
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