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The 3Bs – Gin’s Building Blocks

By August 24, 2020 No Comments


This episode provides an overview of Gin’s Building Blocks; the 3Bs

  • Botanicals
  • Bases
  • Blending




The term “Botanicals” describes the plant-based flavour sources in all gin. All gin must contain juniper to fit the product definition. But juniper on its own does not result in gin as this podcast will demonstrate. This overview provides the lead-in to Episode 4 ‘Botanicals, Berries and Bands’.




Bases describes a collection of botanicals in alcohol, which provide the starting point for all gin creation. Listeners will learn about the big 5 botanicals and how these have stood the test of time for centuries on end. In a digital world with real-time connectedness and access to information, it is remarkable to see that 5 botanicals have formed a gin canon, which distillers the world over are still putting to use today. Find out more about Bases in Episode 5 ‘Botanicals Bases and Blending’.




Blending refers to a simple concept. Take two or more similar things and mix them together to create a new product or outcome. In a gin-making context, these two things are water and alcohol.

The alcohol however has a few ‘favourite flavour friends’ along for the ride too. These friends are naturally occurring botanical compounds called terpenes, providing a level of complexity to the blending process.

This complexity forces distillers to treat water and it use, with both respect and restraint. There’s a lot more to blending, and the role water plays, than first impressions would suggest.

Episode 5 ‘Botanicals Bases and Blending’ provides more insights, including the connection between two seemingly unrelated project challenges; constructing the mighty Hoover Dam and using water to reduce alcoholic strength in spirits making.


Be bold. Enjoy yourselves. Let’s create the next gin narrative.


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