Geranium Gin is the brainchild of Henrik Hammer, a Danish-born accredited IWSC judge. Launched first in Denmark in 2009, and the following year in the UK, the Gin recipe took a number of years.
Hammer had always been interested in Geranium as a botanical and with his father, a chemist, he set to work analyzing the chemical makeup of the plant to see whether it would marry with juniper in a Gin.
The bulk of the product research was undertaken in Denmark, but Henrik knew he wanted his final recipe to be produced at the UK-based Langley Distillery – one of the largest in the country.
It is made with ten botanicals including juniper, geranium (duh!), citrus, coriander seed, cassia bark, orris root, angelica root and a secret ingredient, all of which are steeped in neutral grain spirit for 48 hours before distillation takes place.
It is then transported to the Thames Distillery for bottling. Geranium Gin is styled on a traditional Gin, but its namesake botanical adds a new dimension. It’s smooth, light, and not overly floral, despite what you might expect.