It's all about the base spirit. It needs to be as clean as possible, free of any congeners (the flavour compounds such as esters, aldehydes and the rest that have been known to be one of the causes of the dreaded hangover we all know and fear). The botanicals used release different flavours depending on the ethanol concentration and some are more prominent in water compared to ethanol. Juniper has been the main botanical used because of its history as a panacea for all sorts of ailments. The British discovered gin through Dutch soldiers who used to drink a juniper flavoured spirit called genever and this helped coin the phrase “Dutch courage”. The thing that makes Apothecary so unique is that no other place in Edinburgh, or even Scotland, can give customers the opportunity to drink both beer and spirits that have been made on-site by people who have an in depth understanding behind the science.