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 649

Coriander 318

Angelica 224

Lemon 215

Orange 203

Orris Root 148

Cardamom 124

Licorice 116

Cinnamon 91

Cassia 88

Lavender 60

Grapefruit 56

Grains of Paradise 52

Lime 50

Nutmeg 50

Aniseed 43

Almond 41

Ginger 39

Fennel 37

Elderflower 29

Lemongrass 26

Hibiscus 25

Chamomile 25

Caraway 25

Cubeb Pepper 25

Rose 23

Black Pepper 21

Rose Hips 19

Mint 18

Cucumber 18

Sage 17

Star Anise 17

Vanilla 16

Cloves 15

Rosemary 14

Meadowsweet 14

Hops 13

cubeb 12

Bergamot 11

Honey 11

elderberry 10

Lemon Verbena 9

Thyme 9

Iris 9

Clove 9

Bog Myrtle 8

Apple 8

pink peppercorn 8

savory 8

honeysuckle 7

Basil 7

Lingonberry 7

Raspberry 7

Rhubarb 7

Orris 7

bay laurel 7

yuzu 7

green tea 7

dill 6

Galangal 6

jasmine 6

Cranberry 6

citrus 6

Clover 6

Allspice 6

cocoa 6

Heather 5

Douglas Fir 5

Cumin 5

Hawthorn Berries 5

Sloe 5

pomelo 4

Rowan Berry 4

Saffron 4

Blackberry 4

Sloes 4

Lemon Balm 4

Finger Lime 4

bilberry 4

alexander seeds 4

angelica seeds 4

tangerine 4

Gentian 4

strawberry 4

Key Lime 3

sasparilla 3

Dandelion 3

Celery Seed 3

Cherry Blossom 3

Cinchona Bark 3

Pecan 3

Black Tea 3

orange blossom 3

ginseng 3

Damson 3

Cherry 3

Lemon Myrtle 3

Eucalyptus 3

Tasmanian Pepperberry 3

gorse flowers 3

Pine Blossom 3

Spruce Tips 3

spicebush 3

nettle 3

quince 3

kafir lime leaves 3

Hyssop 3

bee balm 3

Samphire 3

Yarrow 3

pepper 3

shiso 3

Pineapple 3

raspberry leaf 3

makrut lime leaves 3

blood orange 3

Black Currant 2

Frankinsence 2

Coconut 2

Peach 2

Hazelnut 2

Poppy 2

Bay Leaves 2

Labrador tea 2

Cloudberry 2

Cilantro 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

Cinnamon Myrtle 2

Peppermint Gum 2

Wattle Seed 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

carob 2

oak 2

Magnolia 2

pine 2

peppercorn 2

mandarin 2

blueberry 2

Szechuan peppercorn 2

vetiver 2

plum 2

cornflower 2

genepy 2

makrut lime 2

riberry 2

myrrh 2

butterfly pea flower 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

Lemon scented gum 1

River Mint 1

Bunya Nut 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

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

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

bell pepper 1

bay leaf 1

wild geranium 1

loganberry 1

sweet woodruff 1

Pine Forest Spikenard 1

Fir buds 1

dune pepper 1

grapes 1

cardamom. hibiscus 1

labuyo chili pepper 1

pandan leaves 1

Calamansi 1

winter savory 1

Marula 1

macadamia 1

strawberry gum 1

gentian root 1

kawakawa 1

Manuka Honey 1

Limone di Sorrento 1

pepperberry 1

Desert Lime 1

Saltbush 1

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