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From The Garden Of Rogue Spirits

It’s no accident that the ingredients in Rogue Spirits gin read like a seed catalog.


Juniper, Ginger, Orris, Cucumber, Angelica, Coriander, Grains of Paradise and more. It’s as if you’re wandering through a garden.

For us, it’s the Revolution Garden at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon, where we grow many of the botanicals we use in our gin and other spirits. Our little patch of GYO heaven.

Spring planting season in the Revolution Garden of Rogue Spirits.
Spring planting season in the Revolution Garden of Rogue Spirits.

We’ve been growing, floor malting, roasting and smoking our barley for years. It only made sense for us to start growing our own botanicals.

Spring planting season in the Revolution Garden of Rogue Spirits.
Spring planting season in the Revolution Garden of Rogue Spirits.

Here’s what we plan to grow in the Revolution Garden this year. Mind you, none of this is set in stone. Or as we like to say, seeded in dirt.

Wormwood
Wormwood
Woodruff
Woodruff
A flowering ginger.
A flowering ginger.
Chamomile
Chamomile
Coriander. We harvest the seeds. The leaves are known as cilantro.
Coriander. We harvest the seeds. The leaves are known as cilantro.
Angelica
Angelica
The rhizome of an iris is known as Orris root.
The rhizome of an iris is known as Orris root.
Juniper berries
Juniper berries
Spruce tips
Spruce tips

Did you know that gin began as a medicine? Get the story here.

The Revolution Garden is also a place for us to experiment with new ingredients. The jalapeños we grow and smoke for Chipotle Whiskey started here as a small patch and did so well they became a field crop. Last year, we harvested two acres of peppers.

JalapeƱos drying in the kiln at Rogue Farms.
Jalapeños drying in the kiln at Rogue Farms.

Cucumbers, another ingredient we use in gin, will move from the garden into the field this spring. We’re growing a half-acre at Rogue Farms right next to the Prickless Marionberries.

Hand peeling the cucumbers we grow for a new batch of Spruce Gin.
Hand peeling the cucumbers we grow for a new batch of Spruce Gin.

At Rogue Spirits, we’re dedicated to growing our own ingredients. Whether it’s the 200 acres of malting barley at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, or the half dozen juniper bushes in the Revolution Garden at Rogue Farms in Independence, we grow our own to know exactly what’s going into our gin, rum, whiskey and vodka. Buying the ingredients off store shelves doesn’t cut it for us.

If you want to see how craft spirits are grown from ground to glass, visit us at Rogue Farms or drop by the Rogue Distillery in Newport, Oregon and meet our new distiller. Join us in the Grow Your Own Revolution!

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