Top 10 gins with unusual botanicals

25th April, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Many spirits enthusiasts have a steadfast appreciation of traditional juniper notes in gin, but botanicals used in its production are becoming more and more unusual.


Gin distillers are becoming increasingly adventurous in their choice of botanicals, as this list shows

As the world experiences a gin boom, experimental in the industry is rife, particularly in the craft segment, with distillers attempting to stand out from the market with an array of extravagant botanicals.

While some industry members and consumers alike have lamented the supposed loss of traditional values (and indeed botanicals) in gin, others celebrate its new diversity.

The longevity of these brands may be in doubt, but their current popularity is undeniable.

From seaweed to cream, dragon eye to shamrock, these are the top 10 gin brands with the most unusual botanicals.

If you think we’ve missed an extravagant gin botanical, let us know by leaving a comment below. 

3 Responses to “Top 10 gins with unusual botanicals”

  1. Byrun says:

    Since Old Tom and London Dry styles came about as a not so successful attempt to recreate genever – I say let them experiment! I know Rogue Spirits in Oregon is making a Spruce Tip Gin. Pushing the envelope should be welcomed, not shunned.

  2. Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin has unusual and exotic oriental botanicals from the Ancient Spice Route, including ginger, cumin, spicy cubeb berries from Indonesia and black pepper from India.

  3. Spyros says:

    And of course we shouldn’t forget the sublime mediterranean Gin Mare from Spain, with all those great botanicals like basil, thyme, rosemary and olives. Cheers! 🙂

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