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 (100%*)

Coriander (47%*)

Angelica (33%*)

Lemon (32%*)

Orange (30%*)

Orris Root (22%*)

Cardamom (18%*)

Licorice (17%*)

Cassia (14%*)

Cinnamon (13%*)

Lavender (8%*)

Grapefruit (8%*)

Grains of Paradise (8%*)

Nutmeg (8%*)

Lime (7%*)

Almond (6%*)

Fennel (6%*)

Aniseed (5%*)

Ginger (5%*)

Cubeb Pepper (5%*)

Elderflower (4%*)

Chamomile (4%*)

Black Pepper (3%*)

Lemongrass (3%*)

Hibiscus (3%*)

Rose (3%*)

Cloves (3%*)

Caraway (3%*)

Mint (3%*)

Sage (3%*)

Cucumber (3%*)

Vanilla (3%*)

Rose Hips (< 2%*)

Rosemary (< 2%*)

Meadowsweet (< 2%*)

Hops (< 2%*)

Bergamot (< 2%*)

Lemon Verbena (< 2%*)

Star Anise (< 2%*)

elderberry (< 2%*)

Thyme (< 2%*)

Honey (< 2%*)

Apple (< 2%*)

Iris (< 2%*)

Orris (< 2%*)

honeysuckle (< 2%*)

pink peppercorn (< 2%*)

Rhubarb (< 2%*)

citrus (< 2%*)

Clover (< 2%*)

bay laurel (< 2%*)

Bog Myrtle (< 2%*)

Galangal (< 2%*)

Basil (< 2%*)

Lingonberry (< 2%*)

Raspberry (< 2%*)

Clove (< 2%*)

Cranberry (< 2%*)

pomelo (< 2%*)

Rowan Berry (< 2%*)

Heather (< 2%*)

jasmine (< 2%*)

Blackberry (< 2%*)

Lemon Balm (< 2%*)

Sloe (< 2%*)

Allspice (< 2%*)

cocoa (< 2%*)

Key Lime (< 2%*)

Saffron (< 2%*)

Celery Seed (< 2%*)

Cherry Blossom (< 2%*)

Cinchona Bark (< 2%*)

Douglas Fir (< 2%*)

Pecan (< 2%*)

orange blossom (< 2%*)

ginseng (< 2%*)

savory (< 2%*)

Sloes (< 2%*)

Damson (< 2%*)

Hawthorn Berries (< 2%*)

Cherry (< 2%*)

Eucalyptus (< 2%*)

Finger Lime (< 2%*)

Tasmanian Pepperberry (< 2%*)

gorse flowers (< 2%*)

Pine Blossom (< 2%*)

spicebush (< 2%*)

bilberry (< 2%*)

angelica seeds (< 2%*)

kafir lime leaves (< 2%*)

Hyssop (< 2%*)

bee balm (< 2%*)

Samphire (< 2%*)

pepper (< 2%*)

yuzu (< 2%*)

cubeb (< 2%*)

sasparilla (< 2%*)

Black Currant (< 2%*)

Dandelion (< 2%*)

Frankinsence (< 2%*)

dill (< 2%*)

Coconut (< 2%*)

Peach (< 2%*)

Hazelnut (< 2%*)

Poppy (< 2%*)

Bay Leaves (< 2%*)

Cilantro (< 2%*)

Black Tea (< 2%*)

Meyer Lemon (< 2%*)

Tarragon (< 2%*)

Blueberries (< 2%*)

Cumin (< 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%*)

apple mint (< 2%*)

Anise Myrtle (< 2%*)

mirabelle plums (< 2%*)

peppermint (< 2%*)

calamus (< 2%*)

woodruff (< 2%*)

lovage (< 2%*)

Ambrette Seed (< 2%*)

birch (< 2%*)

cedar (< 2%*)

Fig (< 2%*)

alexander seeds (< 2%*)

violet (< 2%*)

Salt (< 2%*)

quince (< 2%*)

celery (< 2%*)

white pepper (< 2%*)

marigold (< 2%*)

Thistle (< 2%*)

Mace (< 2%*)

coffee (< 2%*)

Magnolia (< 2%*)

Yarrow (< 2%*)

Gentian (< 2%*)

green tea (< 2%*)

peppercorn (< 2%*)

Pineapple (< 2%*)

raspberry leaf (< 2%*)

Seabeans (< 2%*)

Seaweed (< 2%*)

Longan (< 2%*)

Rangpur Lime (< 2%*)

Apricot Pits (< 2%*)

Spearmint (< 2%*)

Violet Candy (< 2%*)

Thai Basil (< 2%*)

Labrador tea (< 2%*)

Arctic Blend (< 2%*)

Cloudberry (< 2%*)

Crowberry (< 2%*)

Bitter Almond (< 2%*)

Peach Liqueur (< 2%*)

cálamos (< 2%*)

guarana (< 2%*)

Watermelon rind (< 2%*)

Verbena (< 2%*)

Osha Root (< 2%*)

Cactus Flower (< 2%*)

Cholla (< 2%*)

Saskatoon Berries (< 2%*)

sansho (< 2%*)

cherry leaves (< 2%*)

Pomegranate (< 2%*)

Darjeeling Tea (< 2%*)

Dog Rose (< 2%*)

Lingonberries (< 2%*)

Pimento (< 2%*)

Rose Mallow (< 2%*)

Spruce Shoots (< 2%*)

Parsnip (< 2%*)

Marjoram (< 2%*)

Cinnamon Myrtle (< 2%*)

Lemon Myrtle (< 2%*)

Lemon scented gum (< 2%*)

River Mint (< 2%*)

Bunya Nut (< 2%*)

Peppermint Gum (< 2%*)

Wattle Seed (< 2%*)

Pepper Berry (< 2%*)

Lilly Pilly (< 2%*)

Olida (< 2%*)

albariño wine (< 2%*)

Spruce Tips (< 2%*)

oak moss (< 2%*)

nettle (< 2%*)

Chinook Hops (< 2%*)

Columbus Hops (< 2%*)

sumac (< 2%*)

mushroom (< 2%*)

Horse Parsley (< 2%*)

Sea Parsley (< 2%*)

Milk Thistle (< 2%*)

lemon thyme (< 2%*)

hop blossom (< 2%*)

Poplar Buds (< 2%*)

pine resin (< 2%*)

currant (< 2%*)

lotus leaves (< 2%*)

olive (< 2%*)

sencha green tea (< 2%*)

apple liqueur (< 2%*)

lime liqueur (< 2%*)

pineapple liqueur (< 2%*)

lily of the valley (< 2%*)

citra hops (< 2%*)

dill seed (< 2%*)

turmeric (< 2%*)

Chevril (< 2%*)

Fuchsia (< 2%*)

chestnuts (< 2%*)

barberry (< 2%*)

black currant leaves (< 2%*)

carline thistle root (< 2%*)

hay flower (< 2%*)

laurel fruit (< 2%*)

limón mandarina (< 2%*)

sea pink (< 2%*)

riesling (< 2%*)

Goldenrod (< 2%*)

Heather flowers (< 2%*)

Hawthorn (< 2%*)

Lady’s Bedstraw flowers (< 2%*)

Sweet Cicely (< 2%*)

Tansy (< 2%*)

Water Mint (< 2%*)

Wood Sage (< 2%*)

kumquat (< 2%*)

tangerine (< 2%*)

passion flower (< 2%*)

Tangelo (< 2%*)

Earl Grey Tea (< 2%*)

dried riesling grapes (< 2%*)

pear (< 2%*)

Cobnut (< 2%*)

satsuma (< 2%*)

carob (< 2%*)

oak (< 2%*)

maple (< 2%*)

Kombu (< 2%*)

Mugwort (< 2%*)

linden (< 2%*)

laminar seaweed (< 2%*)

Tonka Bean (< 2%*)

dulse (< 2%*)

Masterwort (< 2%*)

lilac (< 2%*)

pine (< 2%*)

watermint (< 2%*)

ox eye daisy (< 2%*)

cypress (< 2%*)

shiso (< 2%*)

bamboo leaves (< 2%*)

bluebonnet (< 2%*)

Japanese Pepper (< 2%*)

Kabosu (< 2%*)

amanatsu (< 2%*)

hirami lemon (< 2%*)

green juniper (< 2%*)

currants (< 2%*)

currant leaf (< 2%*)

Chili (< 2%*)

rosehips (< 2%*)

goji (< 2%*)

Peperina (< 2%*)

yerba mate (< 2%*)

moon rock (< 2%*)

cucamelon (< 2%*)

Cedar Berries (< 2%*)

citron (< 2%*)

Guajillo Pepper (< 2%*)

Ancho Chili (< 2%*)

mandarin (< 2%*)

grape flowers (< 2%*)

sea lettuce (< 2%*)

mountain pepper leaf (< 2%*)

Natural Flavors (< 2%*)

cape goosberry (< 2%*)

sweet grass (< 2%*)