Botanical: Almond

AlmondThe almond is native to the Middle East and Asia, but the largest almond producer in the 21st century is the United States with nearly two thirds of the world’s crop produced there. The almond is more closely related to peaches than other nuts; the nut we eat being part of the pit of the almond fruit.

There’s two kinds of almonds which have been historically used in gin. The first is the aforementioned sweet almond which you can purchase in stores and snack upon. The second kind of almond is the bitter almond, which is so called because of its relatively  high proportion of cyanide. In small amounts they were traditionally used to flavor amaretto. This kind has been largely replaced by apricot kernels in the modern day, though traditionally it’s likely that bitter almonds may have been the almond of choice.

Today your gin, if it contains almonds, is using the sweet almond which due to a genetic mutation contains none of the toxin of its ancestors. The flavor of almond in gin, albeit subtle, calls to mind the creamy, slightly vanilla tinged exotic flavor of almond syrup and orgeat.

Gins featuring Almond

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

Last updated January 30th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Beefeater Pink

Last updated November 25th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Citadelle Réserve

Last updated November 24th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

No Mistake Old Tom Gin

Last updated November 12th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Beefeater 24

Last updated October 7th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Letherbee Gin

Last updated August 21st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Monkey Face Gin

Last updated April 22nd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Romeo’s Gin

Last updated April 4th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Van Gogh Gin

Last updated November 24th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Alchemy Dry Gin

Last updated May 3rd, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Beefeater Gin (1980s)

Last updated May 2nd, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Bulldog Gin

Last updated March 27th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Beefeater Gin

Last updated October 14th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Ferdinand’s Saar Dry Gin

Last updated August 5th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

Ferdinand’s Saar Quince

Last updated December 17th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Williams Chase Seville Orange Gin

Last updated November 13th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Star of Bombay London Dry Gin

Last updated September 23rd, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Gothenburg Gin

Last updated September 9th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Indian Summer Saffron Infused Gin

Last updated August 12th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Pink 47 Gin

Last updated June 28th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Last updated June 6th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Beefeater London Market

Last updated January 9th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Bombay Amber

Last updated January 5th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Citadelle Gin

Last updated September 23rd, 2014 by Aaron Knoll