Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:08 AM
I understand that there is a good amount of both art and science in the role of a head distiller.
Which brings me to ask about the methods that distillers utilise to keep batches of their gin consistent over time, in particular, accounting for a different supply of botanicals each season.
Indeed, I know that gin recipes are based on essential oil content. But what is the most common and easy way to measure the essential oil content of your botanicals in order to determine the weight to use? [I am assuming one-shot gin production using a gin head].
Also, if anyone would be so kind as to share their experiences of rectifying each botanical individually (and then blending), in comparison to one-shot production, that would be fantastic!
Thank you very much in advance for your help. All answers are appreciated.
David from England.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:23 AM
Myself and a number if other Gin distillers I know are now distilling the component botanical's separately. Without giving away any secrets, we split the juniper, from the coriander, from the anise/licorice types, from the citrus types. We then blend from there.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 04:07 PM
Blending is the solution to any consistency issues. Although we don't do this, I'd blend your botanicals from a few year's worth of harvests if you can keep them dry, and blend batches as much as possible..... solera method, or anything else you can manage if you can afford the tank space.
Have you tried ringing the boys at Beefeater's? Seems they're the reigning expert on Gin consistency.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 07:46 PM
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