A GUIDE TO BLENDING GIN BOTANICALS
Blending your own botanicals for a Tailored Gin can be an intimidating task. Yet the fact of the matter is, it’s not as hard as people think it is. Moreover, it’s a great opportunity to be expressive and put a bit of your own personality into a bottle.
We get quite a few self-effacing gin lovers calling our distillery asking for advice. Personally, I love it when I have the opportunity to chat to these gin blenders. There’s such a refreshing honesty about the flavours they enjoy and the flavour profile they’re aiming for. Our Tailored Gin program allows people to express an enormous amount of freedom within their own customised bottle.
Here are a few simple ideas I would encourage anyone embarking on creating a Tailored Gin to consider. Following these will no doubt lead to a great tasting gin, while still leaving room for your own flare and personality.
Form a clear picture in your mind of what you want the final product to taste like.
It may sound obvious, but having a solid idea about the occasion and mood your gin is going to be consumed in is a great place to start. For example if you’re looking to create a gin to be enjoyed with friends in the sun, think about the ingredients that speak to the occasion, such as lemon myrtle, river mint or honey. If a more wintery tipple is on the cards then maybe warming ingredients such as cassia, dorrigo pepperleaf and ginger might be more fitting.
Focus on a style and use only a few ingredients.
It’s a hard lesson to learn with blending spirits that less is sometimes more. Some flavours can compete with each other for dominance. The best way to avoid this in your blend is to focus on a particular style of gin. Is it fruity, floral, spicy or herbal? If you use three or four distillates that have some commonality they almost always play nicely together. A great example of how botanicals work well together is orris root and rose. Both are floral but each one heightens the character of the other.
Consider flavours that work in harmony.
Some of the best flavour combinations are those that we intuitively know work. Think orange and cassia or rose and honey. It’s much trickier to get dissimilar flavours to get along. It’s also easy to be seduced by flavours we enjoy on their own but ones that do not necessarily work together. There is no need to overthink your recipe with complex concoctions. The best results come from simple and effective combinations.
When in doubt, start with our online presets.
There are a number of presets available online which are a great starting point. They highlight some classic flavour fusions but also allow you to change the intensity of flavours. Each is crafted by our distilling team and they’re great jumping-off points to more personalised blends that allow your own character to shine.
Tailor your own bottle of Archie Rose gin or vodka here.