A Guide to Citrus and Herbaceous Gins

12th April 2018

A Guide to Citrus and Herbaceous Gins

With so much choice it can be difficult to know which gin brand to buy particularly when choosing it for a present.  This guide will hopefully throw a bit of light on the different flavours of gin.

Gin can fall into four main categories:  fresh and floral, citrus and herbaceous, juniper–rich and spicy.  Some gins will clearly fit into one category whilst others may cover a few.

Juniper has always been the dominant flavour in gin, but it is increasingly taking a back seat as distillers look for other botanicals to make their gin stand out in the crowd.  

As well as increasing the amount of citrus fruits in the gin such as orange, distillers are looking for other interesting and new botanicals from both the UK and abroad.

The world renowned and ever popular Bombay Sapphire was one of the first to move towards a more citrus flavour.  If you or a friend likes the flavour of this gin, then you may want to consider some of the following gins:

Portobello Road Gin - a traditionally styled London dry gin with Spanish lemon peels, bitter orange peels from Haiti or Morocco. It works well with both Indian and Mediterranean tonic water.  Serve with a twist of pink grapefruit.

6 O’clock Gin – a juniper led gin with an orange citrus bite and a hint of floral.  Serve with Indian tonic water and lemon.

Hernö Gin – this Swedish gin is full juniper character, fresh citrus notes and floral complexity.  Again, serve with Indian tonic water and lemon.

Savoury herbaceous botanicals work well alongside citrus flavours and are good for adding zest to the gin.

Gin Mare is a perfect example of this with its Mediterranean flavours, including arbequina olive, rosemary, thyme, basil and mandarin!  Serve with Mediterranean tonic and rosemary.