Gin is juniper? Not quite, because to be able to declare your gin, you need next to juniper another botanical ingredient, ie a botanical.
The literature speaks of 120's possible ingredients found in the world's gin diversity.
A current trend is to make a gin that tastes good with as few ingredients as possible. Brick Gin from Germany brings it on 3 Botanicals. A gin with a strong juniper note. Very purist. We like it very much with an Indian Tonic.
But back to the production of gin:
The botanicals are processed with a basic vegetable alcohol as a starting point. At this point it will be super exciting, because virtually every distiller processes his botanicals differently.
For example, in one of the most beautiful distilleries in the world (Monkey47, in the Black Forest) the following happens: At Monkey47, selected botanicals are put into a water-alcohol mixture for a few hours, in other words mazarised. Then freshly processed citrus fruit peelings are added to the macerate, the juniper is shredded to the point and added to the macerate as well as the remaining botanicals. The entire mixture is distilled in one of the four distilleries. This is the summary which happens every day in the Black Forest with the monkeys.
To declare gin at the end of the gin needs at least 37.5%. Most gin brands bring it to 40% and more.
Just as there are different forms of processing that we will deepen at a later date, the distillers also use very different qualities of botanicals. We will dedicate our next post to this topic.
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