Angelica Root


The root of angelica is the part most commonly used in gin production, though there are some gins that use the flower or the seeds instead. Beefeater for example, uses both the root and the seed in their botanical line up. Once distilled, angelica has an earthy flavour. It’s a little bitter and a little herbal and is reminiscent of wormwood. The herbal tones carry through to the nose, with a faintly nettle-like smell.

The flavour of angelica can sometimes be mistaken for that of juniper berries – though the two are quite separate. This confusion is likely due to the root’s enduring use in gin – angelica is regarded by many as the third major ingredient in the spirit, following juniper and coriander seeds.


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