Is this the world’s best gin?Ethical Food & Drink News & Features
This article first appeared in our spring ’19 issue of MyGreenPod Magazine, The Organic Revolution, distributed with the Guardian on 31 May 2019. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
According to its makers, Juniper Green is the only organic London dry gin in the world that is distilled and bottled in London.
The family of Charles Maxwell, master distiller and managing director at Thames, has been making gin in London for eight generations. Charles inherited one of the oldest unbroken family involvements in gin distilling; he holds the accrued wisdom of 300 years’ experience, as well as the keys to the unique family recipes of esoteric botanicals that create great London gins.
Organic grain naturally creates fine alcohol because it has a better biological cell structure than grain grown with chemical fertilisers. The smooth, clean spirit produced is the perfect foundation for ‘the world’s first organic gin’.
Certified organic by the Soil Association, Juniper Green contains absolutely nothing but the world’s finest organic grain, the purest water and a combination of organic botanical herbs sourced from around the world. Batch distilled and bottled in London, all these carefully selected and prepared botanicals are distilled in a small-capacity gin.
An award-winning drink
This dedicated care and attention has created one of the world’s best gins; since first introduced in 1999 Juniper Green has won 20 international medals against all the world’s gins, including golds in the UK and USA.
Juniper Gin Trophy Organic and Wild Gin won the IWSC London Dry Gin Trophy 2015 & 2016, beating 90% of the world’s best dry gins. It was selected as the winner after a series of blind tastings by seven world gin experts, who credited its ‘lively green pine and leafy herbs’, ‘big, bold, robust flavours’, ‘brilliant juicy juniper’ and ‘smooth, woody spice’ in the tasting notes.
The gin’s botanicals – organic juniper berries, organic coriander, organic angelica root and organic savory – are sourced from around the world and distilled to a special recipe to give Juniper Green its unique flavour.
Certified-organic FairWild junipers are gathered from a forest in Poland; the FairWild certification ensures the junipers are sustainably harvested and that workers are properly paid.
Juniper Green is the only gin in the world that has this fantastic new certification for wild-harvested ingredients. It’s a crucial scheme that’s becoming increasingly important as demand for wild plants rises, whether for food, cosmetics, wellbeing or medicine.
The harvesting of wild plants poses major ecological and social challenges; the pressure on potentially vulnerable plant species can endanger local ecosystems and the collectors, who often belong to the poorest social groups in their countries of origin.
The FairWild Foundation works with partners around the world to improve the conservation, management and sustainable use of wild plants in trade, as well as the livelihoods of the rural harvesters involved in collection.
FairWild has a strict standard and certification system for the sustainable management and collection of wild plants. They’re key tools in the protection of people, communities, plants and entire species as the cross-sector demand for wild ingredients and natural products soars– in everything from food and drink to cosmetics and beauty products.
The FairWild Standard also helps others in the sector to implement the existing regulatory frameworks provided by national resource management systems and international conventions. Everyone in the supply chain gets a fair deal – and in this case you get an award-winning drink that’s about as guilt-free as it could be.