Botanicals

Tuscan aromas for an international Gin

Sabatini Gin is a premium Gin produced by artisanal methods, both in the distillation process and in the quest to fulfill extremely particular product specifications, such as the presence of fennel in the aromatic blend.

There are nine botanicals in Sabatini Gin, all strictly grown in Tuscany: juniper, coriander, iris, fennel, lavender, olive leaves, thyme, verbena and salvia. Most of these are wild plants harvested on the Sabatini properties in Teccognano in Southeastern Tuscany; whereas Juniper, renowned for its excellent quality, is harvested in various other parts of the region.

The 9 botanicals

Juniper

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is one of the basic essences in all Gins. It is a plant with needle-shaped leaves that can grow in the form of a shrub or tree and produces scented berries with a slightly bitter taste, also known as “coccole” in Italy, where the plant is commonly found in the Alps, the Apennine areas of Tuscany and Lazio and in Sardinia. It has been renowned for centuries for its antiseptic and digestive properties.

Coriander

Coriander (Coriandum sativum) is also known as Chinese parsley or cilantro. It has been well-known since the times of Ancient Egypt for its aromatic properties, digestive effects and usefulness in calming migraines. Coriander seeds give Sabatini Gin its distinctive citrusy flavour and enhance the scent of the juniper.

Orris

Also known as giaggiolo in Italian, Sweet Iris (Iris pallida) is a perennial medicinal plant. Best known for its aesthetic properties, its magnificent flowers add a characteristic floral note to Sabatini Gin that blends perfectly with the other spices present. Iris also has digestive and anti-migraine properties, and its roots are used not only in gin but in various herbal preparations.

Wild fennel

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a perennial herbaceous plant typical of the coastal zones of the Mediterranean regions. Its flowers and seeds give Sabatini Gin a delicate wild flavour. Also used in many recipes, it has depurative and anti-spasmodic properties and can be used as a tonic and to whet the appetite.

Lavender

A perennial and evergreen herbaceous plant originating in the Mediterranean area, with silvery leaves and flowers bunched together in cobs. Lavender (Lavandula officinalis) is named for the purpose for which it was used in ancient times: as a body cleanser (lavare (Lat.) = to wash). It has always been a well-known antiseptic and painkiller. Its scent gives Sabatini Gin a unique floral note.

Olive leaves

The olive tree (Olea europaea) is a symbol of the Mediterranean, full of history and with a wide range of uses. Tuscany is one of the locations most favourable to its growth, and as the Sabatini Gin formula embodies the genuine spirit of this region, it simply could not fail to contain olive; dry extract of olive leaves is used in the recipe.

Thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a perennial shrub with little long, narrow leaves. It thrives in seaside areas but can also be found in dry, rocky areas. Its unique scent, which has a lemony hint, is also present in Sabatini Gin, helping to create its typical Mediterranean taste. Thyme also has anti-bacterial and anti-asthmatic properties.

Lemon verbena

A typically Mediterranean botanical, also present in Sabatini Gin, Lemon Verbena (Aloysia Citriodora) was introduced to Europe from South America in the 17th century. A perennial plant with white flowers that grows wild, it contains melatonin and is commonly used to soothe pain. It has a fresh scent similar to that of lemon or lemon balm.

Sage

One of the most characteristic aromas of the Mediterranean, where this shrub also grows wild. Sage (Salvia officinalis) has a long tradition of use in therapy as an antiseptic, digestive and calming agent. Mild, delicate and well-defined, it has a slightly bitter aftertaste which blends in well as part of the Sabatini Gin recipe.

Sabatini Gin, in pursuit of tradition.

Sabatini Gin is a London Dry Premium Gin made using artisanal distillation methods with extremely particular specifications, such as the presence of wild fennel, one of the nine botanicals that compose the formula. All the botanicals come from Tuscany and are grown primarily on the Sabatini family estate.

The distillation and bottling phases are run by Thames Distillers Ltd. of London, the company run by the famous Maxwell family, which has been distilling some of the world’s most prestigious gins for over 300 years. The traditional, infusion distillation process is supervised by Charles Maxwell and produces a Gin with an alcohol content of 41.3°. The spirit presents pleasant, fresh notes of herbs and distinctly recalls the aromas of the Tuscan countryside. On the palate, Sabatini Gin is full-bodied but not overbearing, leaving behind a delicate, lingering aftertaste. A perfect blend of nine botanicals treats anyone who tastes Sabatini Gin to a refined, persistent taste experience.