Orris root is a rhizome of the Iris flower, Iris germanica and Iris pallida. It is more commonly known as “Queen Elizabeth root”. We all know Iris’s for their beautiful flowers, indeed the flowers are named after Iris, the Greek Goddess of the rainbow, but we believe their real magic lies in their roots.
In order to make the Orris root powder that we use as a
botanical, a lot of work needs to be done.
The iris plant needs to grow for at least three years before
the root can be dug up and harvested. This root then needs to be dried, not
just for a few days, but in some instances, five
years, before being ground to make Orris root powder.
Orris root delivers a floral and subtly sweet flavour. It has been used for centuries in perfumery and for scenting and is believed to be one of the main ingredients in the secretive Chanel No5!
It has a long history of use in medicine, being used to treat swollen legs, but also in witchcraft where it is said to have a powerful influence in matters of love, passion and …so forth!
It is used commonly in Gin as it has an ability to enhance other flavours and scents. There is no doubt that the presence or Orris in our Gin enhances the organics delivered by the hemp seed, and helps develop the earthy woody tones provided by the hemp, and enhances the mouthfeel of our spirit, contributing to its depth and complexity.