February 8, 2020 / Gins
Gin flavours – find your perfect match
Gin flavours – find your perfect match
From spicy and citrus to fruity and floral, there's a wide array of gin flavours out there to enjoy. Here's a list of suggested gins and garnishes based on your favourite flavour profiles.
FRUITY

For those who like their gin on the sweeter side with flavours like strawberries and rhubarb.

 

Try: Hippocampus Dry Gin

A well-rounded dry gin (41.5% ABV) with botanicals including orange and lemon peel, coriander and cubeb pepper.

 

Suggested garnishes: Berries or pomegranate seeds.

 

HERBACEOUS

Often made with dried herbs (mint, rosemary, thyme) with a citrus undertone, herbal gin lovers enjoy complex and distinctive gins.

 

Try: The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

A unique gin made with 22 hand-foraged botanicals from the Isle of Islay in Scotland.

 

Gin Mare

A Mediterranean gin made with botanicals including Italian basil, Spanish olives, thyme from Turkey and rosemary from Greece.

 

Suggested garnishes: A few sprigs of thyme or rosemary and lemon.

 

SPICY

One for lovers of earthy, warm and aromatic gins with a deeper flavour. These gins are often made with spices like pepperberries, cinnamon and cubeb berries.

 

Try: Cadenhead’s Old Raj Dry Gin (55% ABV)

A spiced gin made with botanicals including cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, pink peppercorn and saffron (added after distillation).

 

Opihr Gin

A spiced London dry style gin made with botanicals, herbs and spices including Indonesian cubeb berries, Indian black pepper and coriander from Morocco.

 

Suggested garnishes: Star anise, cinnamon or a slice of orange.

 

CITRUS

Crowd-pleasing fresh and zesty gins. Think lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange with local native botanicals.

 

Try: Sipsmith London Dry Gin

A bold but classic London dry gin that’s smooth, easy-drinking and an ideal pick for a G&T.

 

Malfy Gin

A delicious Italian gin made with lemons from the Amalfi coast and Sicily and wild Italian juniper.

 

Suggested garnishes: Orange or grapefruit.

 

FLORAL

Light and fresh spirits made with flowers of every kind. Most common among the new style of gins and often on the sweet side.

 

Try: Dasher + Fisher Meadow Gin

A modern gin from Tasmania made with 15 botanicals including lavender, coriander, sage and orange.

 

Bloom London Dry Gin

A light and versatile London dry gin made with botanicals including chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo.

 

Suggested garnishes: Rose petals or berries.

 

WOODY/EARTHY

Green and piney gins that are earthy and often juniper-rich.

 

Try: Citadelle Reservé Gin

A unique wood-aged French gin made with botanicals including yuzu, genepi and bleuet, perfect for a classic martini.

 

Suggested garnishes: Juniper berries or apple.

 

There really are no rules when it comes to garnishes! Play with different combinations of herbs, fruits, spices and seeds that you think complement the style and flavour of your chosen gin.

By Gin Society