Base Spirit: Grain

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.

Grain Base

Often times a gin will have the words “distilled from grain” on the bottle. In many cases this means that the base is distilled from multiple grains. The blends often include some combination of barley, rye, or wheat.

Gin distillers are not required to go into detail on their gin bottles. Therefore, sometimes that a gin was made with a grain base is all that we might now about.

Historically, the use of grain for gin is often seen by spirits historians as a major moment in the evolution of gin. In the 16th and 17th centuries, spirits distilled from a grape base— sometimes called burnt wines— would have been designated as brandies. The evolution of genever truly began when distillers in the low countries began using grain surpluses and grain deemed unacceptable by bakers to make spirits.

Gins with a Grain Base

Seagram’s Distillers Reserve

Last updated August 14th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Tanqueray Bloomsbury Gin

Last updated July 25th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Gentenaar Gin

Last updated July 12th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin

Last updated July 5th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Km 12 Gin

Last updated July 2nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Tom Cat Gin (Batch 2)

Last updated June 28th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Lockhouse Barreled Gin (Batch 72)

Last updated June 28th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Bombay Dry Gin

Last updated June 28th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Warwick Gin

Last updated June 8th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

New Amsterdam Stratusphere Gin, London Dry Gin

Last updated May 29th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Loganberry Gin

Last updated May 29th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Pinckney Bend Sherry Cask Finished Gin

Last updated May 7th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
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