Understanding All the Flavors and Aromas in Gin (Flavor Wheel)

Few spirits offer as many flavors and aromas as gin. Made by redistilling a neutral alcohol base with a fistful of botanicals, in its traditional London Dry form, there’s one ingredient that stands out head and shoulders above the rest: bitter, spicy, piney juniper.

Now, as the category evolves to include New Western, barrel-aged, and Japanese gins, botanical bills offer much more than just a juniper punch. Here to help you dissect all the nuanced notes in your glass, we’ve created this handy flavor and aroma infographic.