Lavender Blossoms 100g
Lavender is an evergreen shrub whose bright purple flowers give off an overwhelmingly striking, completely unique fragrance. The plant – which is part of the mint family – is believed to be from the Mediterranean, Middle East and India.
In terms of an ingredient in gin, it can be distilled to provide exactly what you might expect from the plant – a booming lavender smell. As a botanical, it is also a great way to tell how accomplished a distiller is, as if overcooked, over-infused or simply, if the wrong variety is selected in the first place – once distilled it can be incredibly soapy. If too pungent, not only does it dominate the rest of the botanicals, but it also makes the aroma highly perfumed, artificial and no longer fresh.
If distilled judiciously however, lavender can provide a rich aroma and dance off many spiced botanicals, in particular, the like of Cubeb Berries. Many distillers who use it, do not infuse it overnight even if they are steeping their other botanicals, rather opting to place it in the pot at the last minute.