Transparency has always been important to us here at Copperworks. We’ve shared many a detail on the production of our American Single Malt Whiskey, and now we’d like to make a few things clear (yes, pun intended) about our gin by sharing our recipe.

First things first: what are botanicals? In terms of gin distillation, botanicals are plant materials used as flavoring agents. This includes the leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, and other parts of a plant. In addition to making gin, botanicals have long been used for purposes such as medicinal practices and cosmetic products.

These are the ten botanicals we use to make Copperworks Small Batch Gin, which serves as the base for our other gin expressions.

๐—๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ – By law, gin must be made with juniper berries. It is the only required botanical. Juniper is known for its piney and herbaceous qualities, however, there are many varieties. We tend to select juniper from the Mediterranean for more fruity and floral qualities.

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ – One of the most common botanicals in gin, coriander complements juniper with a bright citrus aroma and taste, similar to lemon balm but less herbaceous.

๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜ – Not to be confused with the flavor of licorice candies, licorice root adds a subtle sweetness and roundness when used sparingly, in addition to light earthy flavors.

๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜ – Another common ingredient, this is the dried root of the iris flower with a subtle floral aroma. It has been used as a fixative in the perfume industry and spirits industry alike, keeping aromatic compounds from volatilizing too quickly.

๐—”๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜ – Long used as a bittering agent and base component in botanical bills, angelica root offers an earthy, woody profile with sweet aromatics.

๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น – Gin and citrus go hand in hand. Dried orange peel adds sweetness and slight bitterness in addition to citrus notes.

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—น – Working in tandem with orange peel, dried lemon peel brightens the gin with citrus notes and a slight bitterness.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ – The bark of this tree, native to warm East Asian climates, tastes like sweet cinnamon.

๐—–๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜† – Also called the โ€œtailed pepper,โ€ this peppercorn offers aromatics of black pepper and clove.

๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ – A peppercorn native to West Africa, this botanical smells lightly of ginger and lends a subtle heat and drying effect to the palate.