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

Applewood Gin

Last updated November 19th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Schlichte Gin (1980s)

Last updated November 19th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Affinity Gin

Last updated November 6th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Whitley Neill Blood Orange Gin

Last updated November 3rd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Cathouse Pink Pepper Gin

Last updated November 1st, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin

Last updated October 19th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Seager’s Gin

Last updated October 19th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Black Button Distilling American Dry Gin

Last updated September 22nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Prince Albert’s Gin

Last updated September 15th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Tinkerman’s Curiously Bright and Complex

Last updated September 13th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Tinkerman’s Citrus Supreme Gin

Last updated August 27th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Seagram’s Distillers Reserve

Last updated August 14th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
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