Even in the case of Gin, however, there are many variations and they give rise to a wide panorama of flavors and aromas. The parameters that come into play are the spices used for the aromatization (in addition to the juniper), and the flavoring system, as well as the production. English or Dutch Gin? Although Gin is associated to England in the collective imaginary, the origin of "modern" Gin (as non-coded exists since the Middle Age) is Dutch. The Dutch Gin is produced with the pot still, while the English one with the column alembic still. The English Gin is drier, the Dutch Gin is more bodied. Juniper is a must, of course, but many other flavours are involved in the aromatization process, lots more of "botanicals": licorice (Italy), bitter orange peels, lemon, tangerine and grapefruit (from Mediterranean or Caribbean regions), cardamom seeds (Middle East, India), angelica root (Netherlands or England), orris rhizome (Tuscany), coriander seeds (Russia), Cassia (India), almonds (Turkey). The main varieties of Gin are: London Dry Gin - colorless, (of course) dry, aromatic. The London Dry gins come from many manufacturers, but have similar botanicals. Plymouth Gin - colorless, medium dry, intense aroma. Old Tom Gin - colorless, sugar sweetened. Sloe Gin - purple color, flavored with wild plums, slightly sweetened. Orange, Lemon Gin - colorless, flavored with citrus essences. Holland Gin (Dutch Gin, or Genever) - highly aromatic and flavorful, with a 35/40 ABV, Made in Netherland. Four Gin you should try Hendrix's: produced in Scotland since 1999, with a history started in 1860. We are in craft production territory: relatively small amounts give distillers the absolute control over quality. Among the "botanical", elderflower, chamomile, cumin. Monkey 47: a retired RAF opens a guesthouse, "The Wild Monkey" in the Black Forest after WWII. This is the starting point of Monkey 47 Gin history! 47 are the botanicals (including acacia flowers and cranberries)! Plymouth: produced of course in Plymouth by the Black Friars Distillery, which has been active since 1793. The Plymouth Gin is less dry than the other English Gins. Gin Mare: a "mediterranean" one, from the Costa Dorada (Spain). Among its botanicals, bitter orange and Seville orange peel, lemon peel, Arbequina olives, basil, rosemary and thyme. Quite a wide range of flavours, isn't it?!