Base Spirit: Unknown

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.

But choice of base alone doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to taste it. Depending on choices the distiller makes, such as how many times the base is distilled, or to what strength it is distilled to— there might be no character at all coming from the base spirit.

Unknown Base

As gin is legally defined by the inclusion of juniper as a botanical, distillers are free to choose any base spirit for their gin that they would like. Distillers aren’t legally required to disclose on the bottle the precise nature of their base spirit; therefore, sometimes we’re left wondering.

Gins with an Unknown Base


Australian Green Ant Gin

Last updated December 16th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Scapegrace Gin

Last updated November 1st, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Bathtub Er Gin

Last updated September 24th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Lewis Spirit Drink

Last updated September 13th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Malfy Gin Con Arancia

Last updated September 11th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Silver Rider Morula Gin

Last updated August 2nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Triple Juniper Gin

Last updated June 15th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Silver Rider Wild Geranium Gin

Last updated May 6th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Miles’ Gin

Last updated June 10th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

The Club Gin Martini

Last updated May 28th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll