The Gin Production Process: From Botanicals to Bottle

16 Mar , 2024 - Blog

With its characteristic juniper aroma and wide range of aromatic nuances, gin is one of the most loved and appreciated spirits in the world. But what is the secret behind its production? In this article, we will explore the production process, from the selection of botanicals to the final distillation.

Botanical Selection

The first step in the gin production process is the selection of botanicals. These natural ingredients, including juniper, coriander, ginger, angelica, citrus, and many others, give gin its unique aroma and distinctive flavor. The exact combination and quality of botanicals used are crucial to creating a high-quality and balanced beverage. Each gin may have its own recipe, reflecting its vision and unique style.

For example, Soero’s recipe consists of 13 botanicals: from the balsamic freshness of juniper and myrtle, to the vibrant citrus notes, to the floral delicacy of lavender, rose, violet, and jasmine, each ingredient contributes to creating a complex and enveloping aromatic profile. Cardamom, coriander, angelica, and pepper add balance, while millefiori honey delicately sweetens, creating a unique sensory experience.

Maceration or Infusion

After the botanicals are selected, they are macerated or infused in neutral grain or wine alcohol. The duration and method of maceration vary depending on the distiller’s preferences and the type of gin intended to be produced. During this process, the essential oils and aromas of the botanicals blend with the alcohol, giving gin its characteristic aromatic and gustatory profile. Some distilleries also opt for steam infusion of botanicals, a method that allows greater precision in controlling the aromatization process.

For this process and the subsequent steps, Soero relies on the Zamperoni distillery. Known for three generations for its excellence in the spirits industry, this distillery combines traditional techniques with innovative approaches.

Distillation, Dilution, and Filtration

Once the maceration or infusion phase is completed, the liquid is distilled. Distillation is a crucial process that concentrates the aromas and flavors of the botanicals and yields a high-quality and pure gin. During distillation, the liquid is heated and vaporized, then condensed again through the use of a still. This process can be repeated multiple times to ensure greater purity and intensity of aromas.

After distillation, gin can be diluted with water to achieve the desired alcohol content. (Soero has an alcohol content of 40% vol.). Dilution balances the flavor of gin and makes it more palatable. Subsequently, gin can be filtered to remove any impurities and sediments, ensuring a clear and crystalline final product. The peculiarity of Soero is that it has a golden color, derived from the use of safflower, a natural ingredient. We consciously chose to integrate safflower into our recipe for its color, which evokes the image of the golden sun.

Bottling and Labeling

Once all production and preparation processes are completed, gin is ready to be bottled and labeled. Bottles are filled, sealed, and labeled with labels indicating the producer’s name, the variety of gin, and other relevant information. Labeling is important to communicate to consumers the characteristics and qualities of gin and to ensure compliance with safety and quality regulations. Additionally, each bottle of Soero is equipped with a QR code that offers the opportunity to explore the ecological initiatives at the heart of our brand.

The gin production process is an art that requires expertise, passion, and attention to detail. From the selection of botanicals to the final distillation, each phase is crucial to creating a high-quality gin with a unique personality.


Sources:

  1. Gin Foundry. How Gin is Made: Understanding the Gin Production Process. 2019
  2. The Gin Guild. The Production of Gin. 2018

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