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

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

Golden Moon Gin

Last updated April 24th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Uncle Val’s Peppered Gin

Last updated April 11th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Spirit Hound Gin

Last updated March 25th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Gordon’s Pink Gin (37.5%)

Last updated March 22nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Ugly Dog Gin

Last updated March 17th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

McClintock’s Reserve

Last updated March 13th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Damn Good Gin

Last updated March 7th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Ginny’s Gin

Last updated February 20th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
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