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The A-Z of Gin: Angelica

Dried angelica and orris root

We’re kicking off 2022 with a new series, The A-Z of Gin. The world of gin is continuing to grow apace and we love seeing more people brought on the journey – but to take your fandom to the next level, you need to get to grips with the basics! In this guide, we’ll lay out some of the fundamentals of gin production, to give you even more appreciation for the spirit in your glass.


A is for… Angelica

This isn’t a person – it’s a plant! Or, more specifically, a root. Angelica is what’s known in spirits production as a ‘fixative’. In essence, it helps flavour and aroma compounds from other botanicals to bind with the alcohol molecules as they evaporate, leading to a more flavourful gin. Orris root, which you may have seen listed among your favourite gin’s botanicals, is used in a similar way. While not predominantly used for its flavour, angelica root can add subtle woody, musky, bittersweet notes to a gin. You can read more about it here.

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