Different types of juniper have had a variety of sacred incarnations including use in Egyptian embalming, shamanistic healing in British Columbia, and for endowing vitality in Turkey.
THE SCIENCE OF GIN: MANCHESTER BOUTIQUE BAR SHOW: 12.00 – 13.00
We are proud to announce ETHNOBOTANIST Susanne Masters a botanical consultant to drinks brands and contributor to The Guardian and the BBC amongst others will be discussing the science behind the botanicals found in gin and the relationship between nature, people and culture.
A mix of history, science, sociology and psychology this talk is a must for anyone who wants to truly call themselves an expert on gin!
An exploration of plant science on the topic of juniper and gin botanicals encompasses cultural knowledge, laboratory-based molecular analysis, and field-based assessment of the ecology of juniper and associated species.
Cultural uses often direct scientific research as there can be association between old wives’ tales and chemical properties. For example contemporary science translates tales of juniper’s ability to protect from the evil eye into terms of microbiology.
Increasing awareness of environmental influences on production of phytochemicals within plants that are perceived as aroma and flavour by people is influencing ingredient selection.
Terroir and whether plants are cultivated or wild-collected contribute to gin’s taste as much as the variables of distillation.
In England juniper is the panda bear of the plant world: generally unsuccessful at reproducing. Combined with habitat loss and the threat of rabbits this could make juniper extinct in England within the next 50 years.
Gin lovers are involved in the rescue of gin through funding conservation initiatives and interest in ingredients increasing consumers’ awareness of the places and plants that gin comes from.