Botanical: Vanilla

drying vanilla beansVanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world. The vanilla bean grows on orchids which are native to Central America, but have since been introduced around the world, especially to Réunion and Madagascar. Though difficult to grow, it’s one of the most popular flavors in the world.

Vanilla is rarely the star of a gin, it’s inclusion is often similar to its inclusion in baked goods. The flavor of vanilla often enhances the flavor of other ingredients. It’s also important not to confuse Vanilla the botanical, with Vanillin, the phenolic aldehyde which comes from aging spirits such as gin in oak barrels.

Gins featuring Vanilla


Michael Godard Gin

Last updated December 6th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Michael Godard— for starters— is said by some to be the “Rockstar of the art world.” He styles himself in

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Pink Pepper Gin

Last updated May 20th, 2017 by Aaron Knoll

Pink Pepper Gin is Audemus Spirits’ signature creation. An incredible melange of unusual gin botanicals. They’re each handled individually and

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McQueen Mocha Gin

Last updated November 13th, 2016 by Aaron Knoll

The McQueens, hail from Scotland, and their line of gins sought to shake things up and stand out on the

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Buss No. 509 Raspberry Gin

Last updated August 24th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Price: £47/ 700 mLProof: 75 Distiller: Buss SpiritsOrigin: ScotlandAvailability: Belgium, or more widely through Master of Malt. Rating: A lovely balance of raspberry and

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Buss No. 509 White Rain Gin

Last updated June 26th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Hailing from Antwerp, the folks at Buss Spirits began somewhat backwards as far as gin might go. They started with their

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Hernö Juniper Cask Gin

Last updated February 19th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

Every now and then, we see a gin which does something so crazy, it absolutely blows our mind.  Before we

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Zuidam Dutch Courage

Last updated January 28th, 2015 by Aaron Knoll

So the name, “Dutch Courage,” is attributed to a possibly apocryphal story about the origin of gin in England. Supposedly

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Wray and Nephew Old Tom Gin

Last updated October 4th, 2014 by Aaron Knoll

Firstly, a huge thank you to John, a.k.a. Foodie Pilgrim, who was so kind as to help pick up this gin

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