Over the years we’ve seen gins go from the usual standard of around a dozen botanicals, to some crazy combinations and new gins surfacing every day jam-packed full of so many botanicals the distillers struggle to list them all!

But which gin out there has the most botanicals? And, does more equal a great tasting explosion or does throwing every spice and herb into the mix make a dud gin?

Throughout my research I have found gins with 47 botanicals and one that has just 5!

Below I have listed the top gin which have the most botanicals I could find!

St. George Botanivore Gin

Botanivore, aka The Botanical Eater! Which sounds like an end of level boss you need to defeat in a video game. It contains just 19 botanicals, which you will see is nothing compared to some of the gins below. This gin comes from the St.Georges Distillery in California who had been operating since the 80’s. They love their gin and have crafted an award winner with Botanivore Gin!

Distilled in traditional copper pot still with 16 botanicals, while using vapor infusion to bring in cilantro (coriander as we say in the UK), bay leaves and juniper.

45% ABV

The 19 Botanicals

  1. Angelica root
  2. Bay laurel
  3. Bergamot peel
  4. Black peppercorn
  5. Caraway
  6. Cardamom
  7. Cilantro leaves (Coriander)
  8. Cinnamon
  9. Citra hops
  10. Coriander Seed
  11. Dill seed
  12. Fennel seed
  13. Ginger
  14. Juniper berries
  15. Lemon peel
  16. Lime peel
  17. Orris root
  18. Seville orange peel
  19. Star anise

How does it taste?

Bloody wonderful! There is a lot of taste, lots of strong aromatics. It is full of complex flavours, you will get a hint of subtle warmth, then a savoury, herbal, yet floral kick. The citrus notes come through and then you end on quite a sweet cinnamon end. I hardly could taste the juniper, but I had it right after a juniper heavy gin, so not sure if that affected it.

All this taste and complexity, and yet it is still a crisp and clean drink. I loved it!

Perfect with a simple tonic, or a sipping gin, but I think this gin would shine in martinis.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/St-George-Spirits-Botanivore-Gin/dp/B00MIYD7Z6

Mile High 69 Gin

These German gin makers, know their stuff when it comes to making a wonderful gin. Buy it and drink it and you will see why this has won five international awards in just 2018!

So why is it called Mile High 69? It is a name that could make some ‘delicate’ one’s blush! Well it’s down to the 69 steps it takes for them to produce the gin. So where does the Mile-High part come in? The famous Mile High club is a group that have ‘fun’ onboard an airplane, and it has certain rules you need to follow, so it must be at least 1,852 meters (a nautical mile) up in the air. Mile High 69 is made in batches of 1,852 bottles – hence, its Mile high!

I’m not sure if that is all a lucky coincidence or if they have taken a lot of consideration in their process to get to this cheeky name.

42% ABV

The 19 Botanicals

  1. Elderflower
  2. Juniper
  3. Kumquat
  4. Lemon balm
  5. Sweet almond
  6. Lime
  7. Pine tips

And the rest is a secret, I’ve searched everywhere and couldn’t find all 19 Botanicals

How does it taste?

It tastes like sex in the air! That is their tagline, not mine, it is even written on the bottle. As I have only tried the gin and not the thing that say it tastes like, so I can’t confirm. Hey if you have tried both, feel free to comment below!

This 100% organic gin uses pure lake water from Lake Constance making a beautiful gin. It is a juniper heavy drink with floral notes. It is creamy and complex, with the kumquat coming through at the end. I adore kumquat so I’m already half way through this bottle and planning on ordering another soon!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mile-High-69-0-5L-organic/dp/B078WDP3GF

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 22

In gin forums, this tends to be the gin recommended to those who say they don’t like gin. Why? Its due to the fact that it is an affordable gin that is miles above the gin you can get down at the local boozer. It is easy on the palate and seems to not suffer from the ‘perfumed’ smell that some none gin lovers state as to why they don’t like gin.

All 22 herbs and spices for their Botanist 22 gin come from Islay Island in Scotland, they are then added to their base nine botanicals, which include berries, barks, seeds and peels.

And, if you’re immature, like me, you will chuckle at the fact that if you read the embossed text on the bottle, it has ‘PUBES’ printed on it!

46% ABV

The 29 Botanicals

  1. Angelica Root
  2. Apple mint
  3. Cassia
  4. Chamomile
  5. Coriander
  6. Creeping thistle
  7. Downy birch
  8. Elderflower
  9. Gorse (Whin)
  10. Hawthorn
  11. Heather
  12. Juniper
  13. Lady’s bedstraw
  14. Lemon
  15. Lemon balm
  16. Licorice
  17. Meadowsweet
  18. Mugwort
  19. Orange
  20. Orris root
  21. Red clover
  22. Spear mint
  23. Sweet cicely
  24. Bog myrtle
  25. Tansy
  26. Water mint
  27. White clover
  28. Wild thyme
  29. Wood sage

How does it taste?

This instant favourite is smooth and easy on the palate. It has a sweet delicate mint taste which is cut through with the citrus taste. Fresh and complex, it is really one of those gins you need to try for yourself to truly appreciate.

Delicious with fevertree elderflower tonic. Or serve with some coriander and raspberries.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Botanist-Islay-Dry-Gin-70/dp/B00GJ4166I/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Fred Jerbis 43 Gin

43% ABV

The 43 Botanicals

  1. Achillea petals
  2. Anise
  3. Angelica root
  4. Angelica seed
  5. Clary sage
  6. Coriander
  7. Dill
  8. Fennel seed
  9. Finocchio Rosso (red fennel)
  10. Hyssop
  11. Iris
  12. Imperatoria
  13. Juniper berries
  14. Lavender
  15. Lemon
  16. Licorice
  17. Mandarin
  18. Marjoram
  19. Masterwort
  20. Melissa
  21. Mint
  22. Mountain Pine
  23. Orange blossom
  24. Peppermint
  25. Pinus Mugo
  26. Saffron
  27. Sage
  28. Savoury
  29. Sweet flag
  30. Thyme
  31. Wormwood
  32. Yarrow
  33. Zafferano

I’m missing 10 of the botanicals from the list, they are keeping this recipe under wraps.