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

Ginny’s Gin

Last updated February 20th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Bouvier Buchu Gin

Last updated February 4th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Rogue Spruce Gin

Last updated February 1st, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Sourland Mountain Reserve Gin

Last updated January 31st, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Bulrush Gin

Last updated January 18th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Scottish Kings Gin

Last updated January 10th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Juniper’s Wit Barrel Aged Gin

Last updated December 9th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Alibi Gin

Last updated December 4th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Waterloo No. 9 Gin

Last updated November 29th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Taaka Gin

Last updated November 26th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Royal Gate Gin

Last updated November 25th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Uncle Val’s Restorative Gin

Last updated November 21st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin

Last updated November 18th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Booth’s Gin

Last updated November 17th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Angelica Dry Gin

Last updated November 15th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Spot On Gin

Last updated November 11th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Old Boise Gin

Last updated October 14th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Love Warrior Gin

Last updated October 8th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Beefeater 24

Last updated October 7th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Oxley Gin

Last updated October 1st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Pier View Gin

Last updated September 1st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Jory’s Gin

Last updated September 1st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Sloane’s Dry Gin

Last updated August 31st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Batchers’ Gin

Last updated August 28th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll