Essential (and legal) for every bottle of gin. Slightly fruity with pine, juniper gives that definitive “Ginny” taste. Juniper is a very hardy evergreen shrub, and can be found in grassland, heathland and coastal areas of Britain.
The second most used botanical after juniper. When you think of coriander you might imagine exotic places, but it does grow wild in Britain. A member of the carrot family it can be found in mostly coastal locations in the south of England, it gives gin a lemony earthy spice.
Orris Root is the name for the root of the Iris flower. The Iris flower has connections with ancient Greece, where Iris was the messenger for the god’s communication between heaven and earth through a rainbow. A key ingredient in gin, it has “cheek filling” qualities, giving depth and texture. An earthy, dusty sweetness between grass and hay.
Angelica, also known as the “Holy Ghost”, wild celery and other names is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. A common botanical found in most gins, it gives earthy, herbal tones once distilled. Angelica likes damp, wet conditions and can be found in many areas, including your garden!
Symbolic to any Briton. England retains more ancient native oak trees than the rest of Europe combined, so we had to use it in our gin. A go to for a lot of cask products due to its flavour, it gives gin a woody vanilla – like taste.
Introduced by the Romans, they used this painful plant to rub on their skin to stay warm in Northern Britain. It gives our gin a mellow, rich and gentle fresh “green” flavour.
Less well known as Elderflower, but just as sweet. Meadowsweet was one of the three herbs held to be most sacred by the Celtic druids and was historically used to flavour mead. Look out for it in meadows, fens, road and railway banks. It gives our gin a delicate sweetness.
The native common lime tree has been a resident of Britain since the last ice age over 10,000 years ago. The lime tree only bears fruit in very hot summers, but the leaves always return every year. It gives our gin a distinctive citrus fragrance and flavour.
Another of our botanicals brought to us by the Romans. Originating in Egypt, it would have travelled across their empire to Britain, and was widely used as a cure for fever. It likes cool, shady conditions to grow, roman chamomile gives our gin a dusty floral flavour.
One of our more identifiable botanicals comes from the blackberry bush or leaves to be more precise. Blackberry leaves give our gin a blackberry like flavour with the dryness of black tea.
Also knows the May tree, it is the only British plant named after the month in which it blooms. The humble hawthorn berry enjoys a long and enduring history as the herb to strengthen your heart. The hawthorn berry gives our gin a nutty almost “apply” taste.
Associated with admiration, beauty and good luck since Celtic times, its transforms hillsides into a purple landscape during summer. Heather gives our gin a delicate, sweet and floral flavour.