The primary flavoring agent in Gin (and Genever) is the Juniper Berry. The Juniper Berry is a highly aromatic berry that comes from
the Juniper bush, a low evergreen that grows in Europe and North America. Since all gins contain the Juniper Berry, what makes each
gin unique and versatile is the use of different, and often exotic, botanicals. There are approximately fifty different botanicals
used in different gin brands, the list includes:
Lemon and Orange Peel
And many more…..
There are no requirements for how many or
what type of botanicals are used in gin. Different producers use as little as four to up to nineteen of these botanicals. The exact
use and proportion of these botanicals is left up to the producer, and the quality and character of the gin will depend on the skill
of the distiller when formulating the recipe. The premium gin producers tend to formulate the aromatic ingredients on the basis of
the essential oil content in the raw botanicals to assure greater uniformity and consistency.