Botanicals

Lavender FieldBotanicals are the herbs, spices, fruits and other ingredients that give gin its flavor. The only botanical required in order to be gin is juniper. The rest is up to the distiller.

For centuries, gins have often featured an accord of juniper, coriander, angelica, some sort of citrus fruit, and orris root. Many gins rely on this to create the “classic” gin flavor. In modern times the botanicals that are in use have expanded greatly. Many of these “contemporary” flavors like cardamom, ginger, lavender and cucumber are recent innovations in gin. Some of these botanicals have only taken off in gin since the late 00’s during the Gin Renaissance

Botanical Field Guide

The list below contains a list of all of the verified botanicals in the gins we’ve reviewed. As not all distillers disclose their botanical bill, the percentages are likely higher in reality among all gins.

Juniper 602

Coriander 294

Angelica 205

Lemon 200

Orange 185

Orris Root 139

Cardamom 117

Licorice 109

Cinnamon 84

Cassia 82

Lavender 52

Grapefruit 51

Nutmeg 48

Grains of Paradise 47

Lime 44

Aniseed 40

Almond 39

Fennel 36

Ginger 35

Elderflower 25

Cubeb Pepper 25

Chamomile 21

Rose 21

Hibiscus 20

Lemongrass 20

Caraway 20

Black Pepper 20

Mint 17

Cucumber 17

Rose Hips 17

Cloves 15

Sage 15

Vanilla 15

Rosemary 14

Meadowsweet 14

Star Anise 14

Hops 13

Bergamot 10

Honey 10

cubeb 10

Lemon Verbena 9

elderberry 9

Thyme 9

Iris 9

pink peppercorn 8

savory 8

honeysuckle 7

Bog Myrtle 7

Apple 7

Basil 7

Lingonberry 7

Raspberry 7

Clove 7

Rhubarb 7

Orris 7

bay laurel 7

yuzu 7

Galangal 6

citrus 6

Clover 6

Allspice 6

cocoa 6

Heather 5

jasmine 5

Cranberry 5

Sloe 5

green tea 5

pomelo 4

Rowan Berry 4

Douglas Fir 4

Blackberry 4

Cumin 4

Sloes 4

Hawthorn Berries 4

Lemon Balm 4

Finger Lime 4

bilberry 4

angelica seeds 4

tangerine 4

strawberry 4

Key Lime 3

Dandelion 3

dill 3

Saffron 3

Celery Seed 3

Cherry Blossom 3

Cinchona Bark 3

Pecan 3

orange blossom 3

ginseng 3

Damson 3

Cherry 3

Eucalyptus 3

Tasmanian Pepperberry 3

gorse flowers 3

Pine Blossom 3

Spruce Tips 3

spicebush 3

nettle 3

alexander seeds 3

quince 3

kafir lime leaves 3

Hyssop 3

bee balm 3

Samphire 3

Yarrow 3

pepper 3

Gentian 3

shiso 3

Pineapple 3

sasparilla 2

Black Currant 2

Frankinsence 2

Coconut 2

Peach 2

Hazelnut 2

Poppy 2

Bay Leaves 2

Cilantro 2

Black Tea 2

Meyer Lemon 2

Tarragon 2

Blueberries 2

Crowberries 2

Birch Leaves 2

Kale 2

Wild Iceland Moss 2

Beach Plum 2

Spruce 2

Acacia 2

Kaffir Lime 2

Rose Hip 2

Sweet Flag 2

Marshmallow 2

Spruce Shoots 2

apple mint 2

Anise Myrtle 2

Lemon Myrtle 2

Pepper Berry 2

mirabelle plums 2

peppermint 2

calamus 2

woodruff 2

lovage 2

Ambrette Seed 2

birch 2

cedar 2

Fig 2

violet 2

Salt 2

olive 2

dill seed 2

celery 2

white pepper 2

chestnuts 2

marigold 2

Thistle 2

Mace 2

coffee 2

satsuma 2

oak 2

Magnolia 2

pine 2

peppercorn 2

raspberry leaf 2

mandarin 2

blueberry 2

Szechuan peppercorn 2

plum 2

cornflower 2

genepy 2

makrut lime 2

myrrh 2

Seabeans 1

Seaweed 1

Longan 1

Rangpur Lime 1

Apricot Pits 1

Spearmint 1

Violet Candy 1

Thai Basil 1

Labrador tea 1

Arctic Blend 1

Cloudberry 1

Crowberry 1

Bitter Almond 1

Peach Liqueur 1

cálamos 1

guarana 1

Watermelon rind 1

Verbena 1

Osha Root 1

Cactus Flower 1

Cholla 1

Saskatoon Berries 1

sansho 1

cherry leaves 1

Pomegranate 1

Darjeeling Tea 1

Dog Rose 1

Lingonberries 1

Pimento 1

Rose Mallow 1

Parsnip 1

Marjoram 1

Cinnamon Myrtle 1

Lemon scented gum 1

River Mint 1

Bunya Nut 1

Peppermint Gum 1

Wattle Seed 1

Lilly Pilly 1

Olida 1

albariño wine 1

oak moss 1

Chinook Hops 1

Columbus Hops 1

sumac 1

mushroom 1

Horse Parsley 1

Sea Parsley 1

Milk Thistle 1

lemon thyme 1

hop blossom 1

Poplar Buds 1

pine resin 1

currant 1

lotus leaves 1

sencha green tea 1

apple liqueur 1

lime liqueur 1

pineapple liqueur 1

lily of the valley 1

citra hops 1

turmeric 1

Chevril 1

Fuchsia 1

barberry 1

black currant leaves 1

carline thistle root 1

hay flower 1

laurel fruit 1

limón mandarina 1

sea pink 1

riesling 1

Goldenrod 1

Heather flowers 1

Hawthorn 1

Lady’s Bedstraw flowers 1

Sweet Cicely 1

Tansy 1

Water Mint 1

Wood Sage 1

kumquat 1

passion flower 1

Tangelo 1

Earl Grey Tea 1

dried riesling grapes 1

pear 1

Cobnut 1

carob 1

maple 1

Kombu 1

Mugwort 1

linden 1

laminar seaweed 1

Tonka Bean 1

dulse 1

Masterwort 1

lilac 1

watermint 1

ox eye daisy 1

cypress 1

bamboo leaves 1

bluebonnet 1

Japanese Pepper 1

Kabosu 1

amanatsu 1

hirami lemon 1

green juniper 1

currants 1

currant leaf 1

Chili 1

rosehips 1

goji 1

Peperina 1

yerba mate 1

moon rock 1

cucamelon 1

Cedar Berries 1

citron 1

Guajillo Pepper 1

Ancho Chili 1

grape flowers 1

sea lettuce 1

mountain pepper leaf 1

Natural Flavors 1

cape goosberry 1

sweet grass 1

Szechuan pepper 1

cubeb berries 1

fir 1

arctic thyme 1

ume 1

Sencha Tea 1

yerba santa 1

sandalwood 1

vetiver 1

potato 1

lychee 1

Yaupon Holly 1

rowan berri 1

cranberries 1

melon 1

colewort 1

ants 1

riberry 1

icelandic moss 1

pine needles 1

reindeer lichen 1

bog blueberry 1

raisin 1

date 1

pomander 1

balsam pine 1

christmas cake 1

christmas puddings 1

chocolate truffles 1

lebkuchen 1

mine pie 1

panettone 1

an entire gingerbread house 1

gold 1

frankincense 1

angostura 1

clay 1

beetroot 1

lemon peel 1

blue pea 1

hot pepper 1

buchu 1

balsamic vinegar 1

medlar 1

bilberries 1

hawthorne berries 1

beeswax 1

moss 1

hinoki 1

chicory root 1

cranesbill root 1

spruce needles 1

fennel seed 1

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