Botanical: Grains of Paradise

[caption id="attachment_8565" align="alignleft" width="250"] By Shaddiii (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]Grains of Paradise actually comes from a plant closely related to ginger.

Native to West Africa, the name itself was assigned by European spice traders who sought to inflate the seeds’ price on the European market. Flavorwise, it’s slightly spicy and reminiscent of black pepper and was an inexpensive substitute during the height of the spice trade in the 17th and 18th centuries.

In modern times, we know it for its own flavor which is unique and complementary in gin, imparting a flavor somewhere between black pepper, coriander and cardamom.

Gins featuring Grains of Paradise

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

Read more

Van Gogh Gin

Last updated November 24th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Van Gogh Gin launched in 1999. It is built on the same base as their flagship vodka. Distilled from wheat,

Read more

Spirit of Hven Gin

Last updated September 29th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

The Isle of Hven (usually seen spelled as Ven in modern times) is in a strait between Denmark and Sweden.

Read more

Chapter One Gin

Last updated September 19th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Perhaps Temple Distilling’s signature gin’s name is tongue and cheek— an acknowledgment of sorts— that in the crowded gin shelf—

Read more

Green Hat Gin

Last updated September 9th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Green Hat Gin is a grain-to-glass gin distilled at New Columbia Distillers’ distillery in the outskirts of Washington D.C. Beginning

Read more

Wight Mermaids Gin

Last updated August 14th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Isle of Wight Distillery’s Wight Mermaids Gin boasts local coriander— the first commercial coriander operation in England. Mermaids Gin also

Read more

Whyte Laydie Dry Gin

Last updated July 26th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Montgomery Distilling’s Whyte Laydie Dry Gin begins from a base of Montana grown wheat— cultivated on the Montgomery family ranch. It’s

Read more

Djinn Gin

Last updated June 5th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Hailing from New Hampshire, Djinn Gin is made using the gin basket method of adding botanicals wherein botanicals are suspended

Read more