Botanical: Licorice

Licorice RootLicorice (alternatively spelled liquorice) comes from the root of a perennial plant native to a large swath of Eurasia. It takes nearly three years for a licorice root to be ready for harvesting, requiring several years of growth. It’s popular in its native regions as both a sweetener and component of natural medicine.

It’s particularly of interest in gin, because the root itself is thought to have been widely used as a sweetening agent in early gins, including some Old Tom styles. Licorice has a distinctive flavor, similar to anise or fennel, but with a pronounced additional sweetness. It’s used in gins for both its flavor and for the sweetening effect.

Gins Featuring Licorice

Pinckney Bend Sherry Cask Finished Gin

Last updated May 7th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Mirari Celebration Gin

Last updated April 28th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Jaisalmer Gin

Last updated March 26th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Sipsmith Sloe Gin 2013

Last updated March 24th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Gordon’s Pink Gin (37.5%)

Last updated March 22nd, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Ugly Dog Gin

Last updated March 17th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Liberator Gin

Last updated March 6th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Ginny’s Gin

Last updated February 20th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Double Sloe Gin

Last updated February 11th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Sipsmith London Dry Gin

Last updated January 30th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Sharish Blue Magic Gin

Last updated January 15th, 2019 by Aaron Knoll

Tanqueray Old Tom

Last updated December 29th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll