Botanical: Fennel

Fennel bulbsFennel, though often mistaken for anise due to it’s flavor, is not anise. It does contain anethole, which lends star anise its specific flavor. But it’s botanically different. The bulbs contain smaller amounts of the aromatic and are often eaten as a vegetable. In gin we often see the fennel seeds being used for their slight anise like flavor. It’s milder and slightly more vegetal, though often without being told, gin drinkers might think of it the flavor note as anise. In Indian culture, the seeds are often eaten after a meal as a breath freshener, or used as part of a blend of ingredients to create a licorice powder [perhaps leading to another common confusion point].

Common in absinthe, Fennel has become more common, especially in contemporary style gins that emphasize an herbal profile.

Gins featuring Fennel

Last updated March 25th, 2020 by Aaron Knoll
Spirit Hound Gin
Last updated March 25th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Knickerbocker Gin
Last updated March 22nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Forager Gin
Last updated March 6th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll
Citadelle Reserve
Last updated November 24th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll
No Mistake Old Tom
Last updated November 12th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll
Big Sur Gin
Last updated October 7th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll
Co-Authored Gin No. 1
Last updated September 15th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll