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...
Gin Botanicals: Black Pepper Profile

Gin Botanicals: Black Pepper Profile

Name: Black Pepper Species: Piper Nigrum Geography: Piper Nigrum is originally native to Kerala in southern India, but Vietnam is now the largest producer of pepper, producing around a third of the global crop. Characteristics: The pepper plant is a woody, flowering...
Gin Botanicals: Cubeb Berries Profile

Gin Botanicals: Cubeb Berries Profile

It’s time for another of our informative, educational-but-still-quite-fun Gin Botanical Profiles! This week: Cubeb Berries… Name: Cubeb Berries Species: Piper Cubeba, also sometimes known as Java pepper or tailed pepper. Geography: Native to Indonesia, now...
Gin Botanicals: Lemon Peel Profile

Gin Botanicals: Lemon Peel Profile

Name: Lemon Peel Species: Citrus Limon Geography: Originally native to Asia, the lemon is believed to have originated in India.  Although the tree was introduced to Europe via Italy in Roman times, lemons were not properly cultivated in Europe until around the time of...
Gin Botanicals: Cardamom Profile

Gin Botanicals: Cardamom Profile

Name: Cardamom Species: Elettaria cardamomum (green cardamom) or Amomum subulatum (black cardamom), are sub-species of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family and are therefore related to both ginger and turmeric. Green cardamom is the predominant variety used in gin...