SPICY

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Berries
Extraction method
Steam distillation

Spicy, woody, peppery, pine, resinous, gin.

Juniper is a particularly powerful scent, very reminiscent of gin. It is sharp and spicy—adding a noteworthy kick to elegent and sophisticated accords. Its distinguishable scent reminds one of a fresh pine forest: peppery and resinous. Its intense fragrance means it is typically used in small doses.

Production

Juniper berries are the fruit from the juniper bush which belongs to the conifer family predominantly found in Mediterranean Europe. The bush grows wild in plains as well as at high altitudes. The fragrant small berries are green during their first year and turn black as they reach maturation in their second year. Each berry contains a slightly sweet, resinous pulp and three peppery-tasting seeds. The seeds have oil glands which solidify and become resinous as the galbulus reaches maturation. Using steam distillation, essential oil is extracted from the berries.
Origin
Hungary, italy

History

The juniper's penetrating scent and needle-like leaves are thought to have many properties, including a long history as a symbol of protection. The wood and berries are burned for protection against demons, while country hares hide from hunting dogs in juniper bushes because it will confuse their sense of smell. Similarly, trushes shelter their offspring in juniper bushes because the scent repels snakes. Even the Virgin Mary is said to have hidden under a juniper bush when fleeing from Herod's soldiers.
Even the branches of the juniper bush have an aromatic scent, and are also used in perfumery. Whole or crushed berries are added to sauerkraut, and are macerated in brandy to produce an incredibly fragrant liqueur. When they're fermented with barley germ in sugar water, the berries produce a type of beer called Genévrette. Both gin and aquavit are prepared by distilling fermented juniper berries.

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