One thing that should be specified is what style of gin, so distilled gin (macerate then redistill with/without botanicals in boiler), Vapour infusion (gin basket / clip, botanicals in the vapour path), Uncle Remus-style (condensed distillate flows through botanicals) or Compound Gin (make an essence, add to neutrals). feel free to add a tasting note or two.
So, post em, even if they're part of a recipe thread thats been buried somewhere
I'll kick it off with my two-
kiwi's Vapour infusion blend:
for ~5 litres of product:
5l of neutral at your desired drinking strength, then add some water for the gods of safety
- 3 tablespoons of juniper according to taste (mine are dried)
about 2 inches of lemon zest - no pith!
a single clove
a cm of cassia quill
1 green cardomon pod
about a teaspoon of coriander seeds - can use fresh leaves for a more.... grassy (?) product
about a teaspoon of dried licorice root
kiwi's Distilled Gin
in 3.5l of 95%:
5-6 heaped tablespoons of dried juniper, probably about 45-50g
6 green cardamon pods,
1/2 teaspoon bitter orange peel
3 strips of lime (strip being a knife fillet of zest from the top to bottom of fruit, about 4cm?)
2 strips of lemon
1/2 teaspoon fennel
1/4 of a nutmeg, grated
2.5 heaped tablespoons coriander
6 black peppercorns
2 pods of star anise (i.e. two arms of the star, not two whole stars)
2cm of cassia quill
1 teaspoon of licorice root.
mortar and pestle, then macerate for 3 days, dilute to 40% and redistill with botanicals in a cotton bag in boiler. A heavy gin, great for tonic and tom collins' etc. I love this blend, wouldn't know what to change, except maybe to back off on cardamom slightly? heavy juniper citrus hit, with a smooth aromatic finish that shows off the cardamon, anise and fennel.
Your turn! looking forward to hearing some others.