Here at Seasoned Pioneers we are renowned for sourcing premium and authentic worldwide seasonings. Seasonings are flavourings such as herbs and spices that improve the overall flavour of food. Some of these herbs and spices such as Angelica Root and green or black Cardamom are distilled with clear alcohol in order to make the spirit we know and love: Gin. When used for this purpose, these flavourings are known as Botanicals. We strive to provide Gin distilleries with the finest quality bulk botanical ingredients due to the recent rise of Gin production over the last 5 years.
The most important botanical used to make Gin is the renowned Juniper Berries and without them, Gin wouldn’t even exist. Of all the weird and wonderful botanicals used to make Gin, it’s Juniper berries we should be most thankful for. Other notorious botanical ingredients that we stock at Seasoned Pioneers are Coriander Seeds, Star Anise, Grains of Paradise and Cinnamon. Brands can select any combination and quantity of botanicals in order to create a unique tasting Gin.
Juniper Berries – whole juniper berries have a sweet, warm flavour with hints of pine. Green berries are unripe, and black berries are ripe. They are found worldwide and hand-picked within the wilderness. Once collected they can be sorted into colour groups in order to gain the desired flavour.
Coriander Seeds – typically a rotational crop, whole coriander seeds have a warm and sweetened taste with hints of orange peel and pepper. Their flavour is therefore reminiscent of citrus and spice.
Star Anise – a traditional South-East Asian spice, Star Anise has a strong liquorice flavour infused with warm, sweet notes.
Cinnamon – suggestive of citrus and clove, the strong warm flavours of cinnamon play nicely alongside components that contribute to a more spiced Gin.
Garnishes are the food items used to decorate your Gin and Tonic such as Lemon, Lime and Ginger. Botanicals can also be used as garnishes in order to draw out a flavour infused in the Gin. The key to choosing the best Garnish is to consider the main botanicals that have been used, and to match the Garnish accordingly. For example, a citrusy Gin bursting with fruity flavours might be paired with coriander seeds, lemon or lime. Cinnamon sticks, peppercorns or orange peel contribute warm, zesty flavours that might compliment more spiced Gins. Finally, flowery-tasting berries, citrus peel and fresh cucumber could be more apt to bring out the key flavours of a floral Gin.
Gin is a versatile drink that offers a personal experience to the consumer. Certain botanical blends that work alongside the key ingredient Juniper are infused to brand a unique creation. Garnishes can be selected to distinguish and highlight certain notes within a Gin’s flavour profile. We at Seasoned Pioneers understand the importance of providing world-class bulk botanical ingredients to suppliers in order to meet consumer demand.