Scottish gin is currently exploding in popularity throughout the UK and Heriot-Watt University in Scotland is hoping to keep this momentum going with its new botanical library. Designed to help gin producers create new releases and boost exports, the library features 72 different sustainable botanicals grown in Scotland. Each of the entries featured in the botanical library were distilled and tested, with researchers assessing the flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel each entry produced.
Botanicals included in the library range from nettles and lavender to more unconventional aromatics such as dandelion and Chagga fungus. All of the entries in the botanical library may not be used in most gins but the ultimate goal of the venture is to provide distillers with a reliable database to understand how a botanical will perform if it is added before or after distillation.
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