10 weird ingredients that have been used in gin

Cannabis

This month, a Melbourne-based start-up called The Cannabis Company launched what it claimed was the “world’s first cannabis gin with terpenes”, and sold out of its first release in just three days.

The Myrcene Hemp Gin takes its name from the most abundant terpene in cannabis – myrcene – which is also found in hops.

According to the company, used in high concentrations, it is valued as a “dietary health and wellness supplement” and is said to “produce joyful and euphoric effects alongside an overall feeling of relaxation”. It also cited its ability to ease symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation.

The Cannabis Company said that the idea to add myrcene to gin came about when they discovered that the pioneers of gin distilling in the 18th century often added such products to their spirit.

The gin is produced in column stills in order to create a “lighter more refined gin” while it’s described as having “bubblegum aromas blended with lavender, pine forest and sage, soft tones of violet interact on the palate with woodland flavours of rosemary and resin, cloves and woody spices”.

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