What is Gin? – The essentials

Written by Seb  /  Edited by Natalia  /  Design by Andy

There are subtle variances between definitions of what gin is around the world these days, however, the basic idea is still the same.

Gin is a traditionally unaged spirit that’s FLAVOURED by juniper berries. HOWEVER, To be clear, (because it’s something we hear a lot) gin is not ‘MADE’ from juniper in the way that whisky is made from grain or rum from sugar cane.

Juniper is the key FLAVOURING ingredient that must be present to be able to call a spirit gin. Typically, a gin will have other natural ingredients to impart additional flavours as well as juniper. However, juniper is essential if you want to make gin. Otherwise you’re making a botanical spirit, not a gin.

Juniper and the other natural ingredients typically used to flavour a spirit to create gin are called ‘botanicals’. A term used a lot in the production of gin. The recipe of botanicals used in a gin, and how the flavours of the botanicals are added to the spirit are the two most important factors when it comes to the character of a gin.

With the modern boom in gin since the early 2000s, there are gins made in every corner of the world, and brands doing so many different things to make their gins. There are a few key definitions that must be adhered to if you want to make a certain style of gin and put that on your label, ‘London Dry Gin’ for example.

However it’s getting harder and harder to group gins together and talk broadly about how they are made. You have to look more deeply into different gin’s production processes and what they’re made from to understand the differences. At the end of the day though, the most important thing is whether it tastes any good!

To go deeper into the different ways to make gin, read more on ‘How Gin is Made – A Quick Guide’.

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