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Big price difference in Botanicals

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Just putting together a spreadsheet for botanical prices as I ordered a testing still and want to try out my recipes:

Compared Starwest, Mountain Rose, Pacific and Herbco

Pretty large disparity in prices, even though some seeds / roots are coming from the same country (Egypt, India, etc). For ease of computation just looked at per pound price for a few basics:

Coriander, Cubeb, Grains of Paradise, Licorice root, Angelica, Orris Root, Anise, Juniper

Starwest: $165.00

Mountain Rose: n/a

Pacific: $112.00

Herbco; $74.00

Mountain Rose didn't have enough of the above to count, and Pacific would have come out a bit more expensive as they were missing Juniper. (say around $130)

Guess question is, are you really getting better quality from Starwest to justify the 100%+ markup? Or, conversely - is Herbco offering substandard ingredients for those prices?

And of course - second question, what's the best place to source your Juniper berries?

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Unfortunately, the best way to determine quality is to just get some samples in hand. Botanicals can vary substantially between batches, region, storage conditions... if you haven't dabbled in contrasting different batches of ingredients, it's a great exercise that really takes you quite close to some flavors that you may have thought you already understood.

 

As a small facility, we've certainly struggled at times with scaling up and duplicating recipes. In our experience the cheapest botanicals are not necessarily of the highest quality. 

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2 hours ago, Sacchareligious said:

Botanicals can vary substantially between batches, region, storage conditions... if you haven't dabbled in contrasting different batches of ingredients, it's a great exercise that really takes you quite close to some flavors that you may have thought you already understood.

Exactly what he said!

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