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Botany of Gin, The

Chris Thorogood Simon Hiscock

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Bodleian Library
01 September 2020
From its roots in ancient Greek herbal medicine, the popular spirit we now know as gin was established by the Dutch in the sixteenth century as a juniper-infused tincture to cure fevers. It gained notoriety during the London 'gin craze' in the eighteenth century before enjoying a recent resurgence and a profusion of new botanical flavourings. Garnished with sumptuous illustrations depicting the plants that tell the story of this complex and iconic drink, this enticing book delves into the botany of gin from root to branch.

A diverse assortment of aromatic plants from around the world have been used in the production of gin over the course of several centuries. Each combination of botanicals yields a unique flavour profile that equates to more than the sum of its parts. Understanding the different types of formulation, and the main groups of plants used therein, is central to appreciating the drink's complexities and subtleties. As this book's extraordinary range of featured ingredients shows, gin is a quintessentially botanical beverage with a rich history like no other.
By:   Chris Thorogood, Simon Hiscock
Imprint:   Bodleian Library
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm, 
ISBN:   9781851245536
ISBN 10:   1851245537
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Thorogood is Head of Science and Public Engagement for Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum. Simon Hiscock is Director of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

Reviews for Botany of Gin, The

'A brilliant little book, with an erudite introduction ... Understand botanicals and a world of gin appreciation reveals itself.' * The Field * 'A simple idea that's well executed, and should appeal to all those who've ever wondered what the various botanicals add to their favourite gin ... with 'The Botany of Gin' in one hand, and your favourite juniper-based tipple in the other, it only remains to say: Cheers!' * Botany One *


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