This is the story of someone who’s essential to crafting world class spirits, but rarely gets the attention she deserves.
Meet Stacia, the gardener of Rogue Spirits and the hardest working woman in the craft distilling business.
While growing our own, we’ve learned that the ingredients in gin are not always what they appear to be.
We added several new rows of Angelica to the garden this year. We’ll harvest the roots in a few months and then let them dry out.
Angelica was originally a digestive medicine in Medieval Europe. In gin, the dried roots add citrus, woodsy and herbal flavors. They also happen to be natural insect repellents. But don’t expect the mosquitos to leave you alone because you’re drinking our gin.
This is more commonly known as cilantro, a leafy spice that’s used in Mexican cooking. But if you’re wondering why you don’t taste cilantro in gin it’s because we use the seeds, not the leaves. As the seeds dry they lose that sharp cilantro flavor. Instead, think of thyme, citrus and the aroma of geraniums.
If you ever planted an iris, you were one step on the way to growing your own gin. The rhizomes, known as Orris Root, are one of the essential ingredients we use at Rogue Spirits.
Stacia is planting several new beds of orris this season. The ones you see in the photos were planted last year.
Orris doesn’t add flavor to gin, but it does improve the aroma. No surprise that orris started out as an ingredient in perfume.
Meanwhile, Stacia is just getting started. Soon she’ll add more juniper and dwarf spruce trees to the Revolution Garden. They will also become ingredients in a future batch of a Rogue Spirits gin.
Curious about how we grow our own gin? Come to Rogue Farms and take a tour of the Revolution Garden. The garden is open five days a week in spring and will be open every day when summer rolls around. Join us!