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

The Pharmacist Old Tom Gin

Last updated February 1st, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

Cannon Beach Distillery’s The Pharmacist Old Tom Gin fits into the “Botanically Sweetened” school of Old Tom Gin. Sugar was

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Moonshot Gin (Batch 3)

Last updated January 30th, 2018 by Aaron Knoll

The botanicals in Moonshot Gin were sent 20 kilometers into the Stratosphere*. However, the real Moonshot in Moonshot Gin is

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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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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,

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Icewine Old Tom (Batch 1)

Last updated September 17th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Icewine Old Tom is an unusual Old Tom. All Old Toms are sweetened, but That Boutique-y Gin Company opts for

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Very Old Tom (Batch 1)

Last updated September 11th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Very Old Tom is yet another unusual offering from the team behind the series of innovative

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Spit-Roasted Pineapple Gin, Batch 1

Last updated September 5th, 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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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

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