Botanical: Cassia

CassiaCinnamomum cassia is differentiated from “true” cinnamon. Although similar, it comes from the bark of a different species. Though if you’re in the United States, you might never know the difference. There, cassia is often sold as cinnamon.

Cassia is prized by distillers however. The bark is thicker, and although some describe the flavor as being “less delicate” than true cinnamon, the thicker, hardier bark is better suited to distillation. Cassia itself in gin imparts an aroma that is easily recognizable to most as being cinnamon-like.

In stores, Cassia can often be recognized in stick form for it’s thick, single layer sticks. Often very stiff, they are also hard to grind. Cinnamon has thinner layers and is easy to break and grind.

Gins featuring Cassia

Big Gin

Last updated July 22nd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Ben Capdevielle is a third generation distiller who named Big Gin after his father’s nickname. “Big Jim” has since become

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London to Lima Gin

Last updated June 13th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

“It’s called London to Lima because of my journey,” Alex began, “I was trying to work out what the hell

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Boodles Gin

Last updated June 6th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Note: This review is for the U.S. 45.2% ABV version.  Boodles Gin was our second most requested gin review ever. Boodles

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G’vine Floraison

Last updated April 22nd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

If you want to be historically factual— and you know that I love getting into historical details—  the earliest juniper

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Woodcut Barrel Rested Gin

Last updated January 23rd, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Woodcut Barrel Rested Gin is Temple Distilling’s Chapter One Navy Strength Gin rested in used whiskey barrels. The gin is

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Chapter One Navy Strength Gin

Last updated January 21st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Chapter One Navy Strength Gin is Temple Distilling’s higher proof counterpoint to their quite excellent Chapter One Gin. Chapter One Navy

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Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin, Batch 2

Last updated December 21st, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

As That Boutique-y Gin Company releases some of their gins in multiple batches, we occasionally will review the same gin twice. 

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Junipero Gin

Last updated December 12th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Junipero Gin recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. Anchor Brewing Company was at the forefront of the craft brewing revolution in

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