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


Last updated March 16th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Last updated December 16th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Scapegrace Dry Gin
Last updated November 1st, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Er Gin
Last updated September 24th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Lewis Spirit Drink Bottle
Last updated September 13th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Malfy Gin Con Arancia
Last updated September 11th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Silver Rider Morula Gin Bottle
Last updated August 2nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Triple Juniper Gin Bottle
Last updated June 15th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll