Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Gin Revival

Gin New Botanicals and Flavours, from Plymouth to PortlandGin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Gin Revival is my second book on Gin and is coming out in 2015 with Jacqui Small and Quarto Group.

Gin takes a look at the spirits’ origin by tracing man’s love affairs with juniper:  from burning branches as part of ritual, through medical practice of ancient peoples, through the streets of Germany, Netherlands, UK and the United States en route to being one of the most diverse categories of spirit out there today. Includes tasting notes for over 300 gins, interviews with distillers on both sides of the Atlantic and Pacific. Also includes cocktails, bars, and top 10 lists.

One of the Guardian’s top drinks books of 2015.

Gin has been translated into six languages, including Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian— in addition to the original English. 

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La Grand Livre Du Gin

La Grand Livre Du Gin by Aaron Knoll

Available for the first time in French, Gin: The Art and the Craft of the Artisan Revival was released with new artwork and photography for French markets in 2017

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The Craft of Gin

The Craft of GinThe Craft of Gin is designed to be an introduction to gin for the novice gin drinker. It covers the history of gin from its origins in the apothecaries of Medieval Europe, all the way through more modern prohibitions in England and the United States. Gin’s history is inextricably entwined with the history of European powers and is a window into the cultural and historical events of the time. Also includes a glossary of the botanicals in gin, cocktail recipes for essential gin drinks, and tasting notes for over sixty gins including many small craft distillers on both sides of the Atlantic.

For The Craft of Gin,   I worked with fellow writer and author David T. Smith of Summer Fruit Cup  to write the book. Published by White Mule Press in 2013.

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Carway and Dill— Aquavit and Aromatic Profile Consideration for distillers  in Artisan Spirit (Winter 2018)

Dill and Caraway— Aquavit Botanicals and Gin iGin Magazine (Oct. 2018)

Describing Flavor in Gin  in Artisan Spirit (Fall 2018)

London to Lima Distiller Profile— an interview with London to Lima Gin distiller Alexander James  in Gin Magazine (July 2018)

Gin Botanicals: Cardamom in Gin Magazine (July. 2018)

Coriander— Aromatic Profile Consideration for Gin Distillers in Artisan Spirit (Summer 2018)

Interview with Tom Warner or Warner-Edwards Distillery in Gin Magazine (Feb. 2018)

Gin Botanicals: Linalool in Gin Magazine (Feb. 2018)

Canned Cocktails in Artisan Spirit (Winter 2017)

What We Talk About When We Talk About Gin in Gin Magazine (Nov. 2017)

Interview with Cory Muscato of Lockhouse Distillery in Gin Magazine (Nov. 2017)

Gin Botanicals: Angelica and Orris Roots in Gin Magazine (Nov. 2017)

What’s caused Gin to become an on-trend drink? We asked the experts… The Spirits Embassy (April 2017)

Local Juniper Variation and Control article in Artisan Spirit (Fall 2016)

Aaron Knoll’s Top 10 GinsQuarto Cooks Blog (September, 2015)

Talks and Seminars

The Gin Renaissance: Flavors Decoded Seminar, presented at Gin World St. Louis (May 2018)

Gin Round Table: A Candid Discussion on Gin, featuring Finlay Nicol, Jake Burger, Aaron Knoll, Aaron Selya— moderated by Jen Kubiszewski, Gin World St. Louis (May 2018)


Buffalo Foodies interview with Aaron Knoll (Jan. 2016)

Gin: The Art and Craft of the Artisan Revival named among best Drinks Books of 2015 by The Guardian (December 2015)

Monocle Radio (November 6th, 2015)

We <3 Gin: Britain’s craft gin revolution is in full flow. Beth McDonald says chin chin to our hottest export. Metro (October 6th, 2015)

Lodging Magazine, How Hotel Bars Can Capitalize on the Gin Revival.” (May 2015)

Crumbs and Petals, 5 Brilliant Gin Bloggers.” (March 2014)