Botanical: Aniseed

aniseed (anise)Anise, sometimes called aniseed is a member of the Apiaceae family which includes caraway, celery, carrots among others. The aniseeds are small fruits which impart a signature anethole note. Though many other botanicals, including the similarly named star anise, contain that note, the two anises are botanically different plants.

Which makes an important point. In gins, once distilled, it’s hard to pick the difference between the two. The anethole note is there, proving that flavor which suggests “anise.” Given that star anise is much cheaper, it’s a safe assumption that most gins when disclosing botanicals— if they merely say “anise”— they mean the star.

Gins featuring Anise

Four Pillars Distillery' Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin
Last updated October 19th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Crows Gin Bottle
Last updated July 14th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Spirit Hound Gin
Last updated March 25th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Sator Square American Dry Gin
Last updated March 24th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Forager Gin
Last updated March 6th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Bilberry Black Hearts Gin
Last updated February 17th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Bulrush Gin
Last updated January 18th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Aged Perry's Tot Gin
Last updated December 17th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll