img3

Planting Craft Gin In The Garden Of Rogue Spirits

This is the story of someone who’s essential to crafting world class spirits, but rarely gets the attention she deserves.


img1

Meet Stacia, the gardener of Rogue Spirits and the hardest working woman in the craft distilling business.

This week, Stacia is planting new ingredients for our Spruce Gin and Pink Spruce Gin. We’ve expanded the size of the Revolution Garden this season, so she’s busier than ever.

While growing our own, we’ve learned that the ingredients in gin are not always what they appear to be.

Angelica

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 with its bright red and fragrant roots.
Angelica with its bright red and fragrant roots.
Angelica with its bright red and fragrant roots.
Angelica with its bright red and fragrant roots.

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.

Coriander

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.

A plant with two names. The leaves are called cilantro, but when the leaves die off and produce seeds it becomes coriander.
A plant with two names. The leaves are called cilantro, but when the leaves die off and produce seeds it becomes coriander.
A plant with two names. The leaves are called cilantro, but when the leaves die off and produce seeds it becomes coriander.
A plant with two names. The leaves are called cilantro, but when the leaves die off and produce seeds it becomes coriander.

Orris Root

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.

Our irises will soon bloom. But what we’re really growing are the rhizomes, better known as orris root. Its use in perfume goes back 800 years.
Our irises will soon bloom. But what we’re really growing are the rhizomes, better known as orris root. Its use in perfume goes back 800 years.
Our irises will soon bloom. But what we’re really growing are the rhizomes, better known as orris root. Its use in perfume goes back 800 years.
Our irises will soon bloom. But what we’re really growing are the rhizomes, better known as orris root. Its use in perfume goes back 800 years.

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!

img8