Gin is made from more than unflavoured alcohol and water. You have many different distillers across the world and each of them uses a different recipe. Indeed, while gin must involve juniper berries, producers and brand owners are free to add any type of botanicals.
As raw material, gin producers mainly use neutral spirit. This is a commodity bought in bulk. From this starting point, distillers’ creativity is key to find the expected taste in the flavor-distilling process making each gin different.
Nevertheless, not everything “infused” can be called a gin. There are 5 different type of recognized gins (all of them are distilled), depending on the producing process:
Many different types of botanicals can be used to develop a gin. Each of them will bring a different note to the liquid. Following the expected final result, each master distiller will use a different combination and proportion of botanicals. Here are some of the most famous ones used for gins:
With the infinite number of combinations, you can find a lot of different of gins coming from various countries. It is impossible to count all the gins in the world. Some people say there are more than 1,000 ones. We cannot confirm but we spotted more than 600 gins and it is still counting. Indeed, each year, new gins from several origins are created. More and more craft distillers develop their own gin.
Gin was first produced in Holland and then quickly moved to England. Therefore, main gin production areas are where British and Dutch influences have historically been strong. The countries/regions with the most craft gin distillers are England, Scotland, Holland, Belgium, Germany, The United States, France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.
With all this diversity and different origins, we are convinced we will surprise you and your friends each month with a craft gin and our box full of complimentary products.
The Gin In The Box team