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 614

Coriander 299

Angelica 210

Lemon 203

Orange 188

Orris Root 142

Cardamom 118

Licorice 112

Cinnamon 84

Cassia 82

Lavender 55

Grapefruit 52

Nutmeg 48

Grains of Paradise 47

Lime 45

Aniseed 41

Almond 40

Fennel 36

Ginger 36

Elderflower 26

Cubeb Pepper 25

Hibiscus 22

Chamomile 22

Rose 22

Caraway 22

Lemongrass 21

Black Pepper 21

Mint 18

Cucumber 17

Rose Hips 17

Sage 16

Cloves 15

Vanilla 15

Rosemary 14

Meadowsweet 14

Star Anise 14

Hops 13

cubeb 11

Bergamot 10

Honey 10

Lemon Verbena 9

elderberry 9

Thyme 9

Iris 9

Apple 8

pink peppercorn 8

savory 8

honeysuckle 7

Bog Myrtle 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

green tea 6

Heather 5

Douglas Fir 5

jasmine 5

Cranberry 5

Sloe 5

pomelo 4

Rowan Berry 4

dill 4

Saffron 4

Blackberry 4

Cumin 4

Sloes 4

Hawthorn Berries 4

Lemon Balm 4

Finger Lime 4

bilberry 4

angelica seeds 4

tangerine 4

Gentian 4

strawberry 4

Key Lime 3

Dandelion 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

shiso 3

Pineapple 3

makrut lime leaves 3

sasparilla 2

Black Currant 2

Frankinsence 2

Coconut 2

Peach 2

Hazelnut 2

Poppy 2

Bay Leaves 2

Labrador tea 2

Cloudberry 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

Pimento 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

vetiver 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

Arctic Blend 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

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

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

sea buckthorn 1

mulberry 1

roses 1

sesame 1

green peppercorn 1

butterfly pea flower 1

bell pepper 1

bay leaf 1

blood orange 1

wild geranium 1

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