Juniper berries are the key ingredient in any and every gin! These berries give a piny fresh wood with subtle hints of fruity citrus flavours. Herbaceous and floral juniper gives gin its distinct flavour. It can be used on its on or used in conjunction with a vast array of botanicals to make your own unique gin.
Juniper is the only botanical which is in all gins. The cones of the juniper bush (often referred to as “juniper berries”) are required by legal statute, to be present and perceptible, in order for a spirit to be called gin. Juniper is in 100% of spirits that are designated as gins.
The juniper berry is known for imparting the traditional pine note of gin, although it can also come across as resiny, waxy, herbaceous, or even green and fresh. The juniper in gin is generally Juniperus communis; however, occasionally distillers use local species which can have a very different flavor in gin.
The aroma and taste of juniper is – or at least should be – the signature note in any gin, both on the nose and on the palate. Even the name Gin itself is derived from either the French genièvre or the Dutch jenever, which both mean juniper.
Any classic London Dry Gin should carry noticable flavours of juniper.
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Botanical Name: Juniperus Communis
Place of Origin: Macedonia