Guide to Gin
Gin is made from a neutral spirit that has been flavored with a range of botanicals, dominated by juniper, but including coriander, citrus peel and licorice. The best gin producers use a superior range of distillation techniques to extract the flavors from the botanicals, and their products are made from a higher quality base spirit. Taste characteristics include exotic aromas and flavors of juniper, citrus and spice balanced by a crisp, dry finish. Gin is a product of the blender’s talent and skill. It is unaged, and except for some dilution with water, it is bottled just as it comes from the still. The fermentation process is similar to that of whiskey. Following fermentation, the resulting liquid is distilled and rectified through a column still, producing a pure spirit of at least 190-degree proof. Distilled water is added to reduce the spirit to 120-degree proof. The liquid is then redistilled with the many flavoring agents referred to as botanicals.