The Botany of Gin


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The Botany of Gin Authors: , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Bodleian Library
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Pages: 112 Illustrations and other contents: 35 Illustrations, color Language: English ISBN: 9781851245536 Categories: , , , , ,

From its roots in ancient Greek herbal medicine, the popular spirit we now know as gin was established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century as a juniper-infused tincture to cure fevers. It gained notoriety during the London ‘gin craze’ in the eighteenth century before enjoying a recent resurgence and a profusion of new botanical flavourings.

Garnished with sumptuous illustrations depicting the plants that tell the story of this complex and iconic drink, this enticing book delves into the botany of gin from root to branch. A diverse assortment of aromatic plants from around the world have been used in the production of gin over the course of several centuries. Each combination of botanicals yields a unique flavour profile that equates to more than the sum of its parts. Understanding the different types of formulation, and the main groups of plants used therein, is central to appreciating the drink’s complexities and subtleties. As The Botany of Gin‘s extraordinary range of featured ingredients shows, gin is a quintessentially botanical beverage with a rich history like no other.

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'A brilliant little book, with an erudite introduction … Understand botanicals and a world of gin appreciation reveals itself.' * The Field * 'A simple idea that’s well executed, and should appeal to all those who’ve ever wondered what the various botanicals add to their favourite gin ... with 'The Botany of Gin' in one hand, and your favourite juniper-based tipple in the other, it only remains to say: Cheers!' * Botany One *

Author Biography

Chris Thorogood is Head of Science and Public Engagement for Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. Simon Hiscock is Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.