What Makes Gin, Gin

What’s the golden bullet, where does that flavour come from, what creates the magic? It’s a simple answer – Juniper. Juniper is the one botanical that makes Gin so famous. Junipers are coniferous trees and shrubs that grow throughout the Northern hemisphere from the Arctic to Tropical Africa and throughout parts of Western, Central and Southern Asia.

The highest known juniper forest can be found growing at an altitude of 16,100 ft in the northern Himalayas (that’s just over half the height of Mount Everest!). Contrary to popular belief Juniper is not a berry, it’s actually a seed pod containing resin and oily liquid that give Gin it’s distinctive aroma and taste.