Gin Botanicals – Grains Of Paradise

Gin Botanicals – Grains Of Paradise

Name: Grains Of Paradise Species: Aframomum melegueta, a member of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family. Geography: Originally native to West Africa, where it is cultivated in many countries along the coast of the continent, particularly Ghana and Liberia. Also an...
Gin Botanicals – Orris Root

Gin Botanicals – Orris Root

Name: Orris Root Species: Orris root (rhizoma iridis) is the root of two different Iris flowers, Iris germanica and Iris pallida, which are plants in the Iridaceae family known for their beautiful flowers. Geography: Although both species are widely distributed, Iris...
Gin Botanicals – Cassia and Cinnamon

Gin Botanicals – Cassia and Cinnamon

Name: Cassia / Cinnamon Species: Cassia is the name used mainly for the spice derived from Cinnamomum cassia (Chinese cinnamon) although, confusingly, Cassia is sold as generic cinnamon in the USA but differentiated from other cinnamon barks in Europe. Other common...
Gin Botanicals – Star Anise

Gin Botanicals – Star Anise

Name: Star Anise Species: Illicium verum Geography: Illicium verum is originally native to Vietnam and China, but is now also cultivated in Spain, Italy, Morocco, India and the Philippines. Characteristics: Illicium verum is an evergreen tree of the Schisandraceae...
Gin Botanical Profile: Nutmeg

Gin Botanical Profile: Nutmeg

Name: Nutmeg Species: Myristica fragrans Geography: Nutmeg is native to the Moluccas, the Spice Islands of Indonesia – where its value led to atrocities and war between English and Dutch traders – but is also cultivated in China, Malaysia, India, Sri...
Gin Botanicals: Liquorice Root Profile

Gin Botanicals: Liquorice Root Profile

Name: Liquorice Root Species: Glycyrrhiza glabra Geography: Liquorice root is native to Southern Europe and India, though Italy is now the only serious European producer, with larger cultivation spread throughout North Africa and Asia.   Characteristics: Glycyrrhiza...