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

Last updated March 29th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Last updated March 28th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
White Mountain Gin is herbal, green, luscious and rich. It features hops without tasting like an IPA. It adds a mentholic and camphoraceous glow without being either mint or eucalyptus.
Last updated March 25th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Last updated March 24th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Absaroka Double Cask Gin 49
Last updated March 24th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Malfy Originale Gin Bottle
Last updated February 18th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Last updated February 6th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Hayman's Old Tom Gin Bottle
Last updated January 29th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll