35 BOTANICALS

Taste of Nature

Selected, untreated botanicals, molecular extractions, fresh flowers and citrus fruits, spices and fruit, are the essential elements that make Macaja such a special gin. During maceration, a very thin outer layer of the citrus fruits’ zest, the epicarp, gives freshness to the distillate. Citrus fruits from Liguria such as Pernambuco orange peel, lemon zest, together with juniper, lavender, eucalyptus leaves, peppermint, lemon vervain, lemon balm, chamomile and elderberry flowers are a rare combination that we expertly blend to create a unique gin with an unmistakable aroma.

JUNIPER

The juniper, a plant rich in properties, is an essential element to guarantee gin authenticity, whatever the other flavor variations.

CHAMOMILE

The common chamomile is an annual herbaceous plant belonging to the Asteraceae family and to the genus Matricaria.

STRAWBERRY TREE

The fleshy berries have a pleasant flavor and complete a variegated and structured whole with a sweet note.

HOWTHORN

Hawthorn is a very branched shrub or small tree, belonging to the Rosaceae family.

ANGELICA

It is a genus of plants of the Apiaceae family. ln genus includes perennial or biennial herbaceous plants, which can reach up to two meters in height.

LAVANDER

This flower, particularly expressive in association with other botanicals, was already used in the 19th century for infusions in brandy or gin.

GREEN ANISE

Is an annual herbaceous plant, belonging to the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family.

BLUEBERRY

The blueberry is the common name given to the blue berry, obtained from different varieties of the Myrtillus section of the genus Vaccinium.

PERNAMBUCO ORANGES

Legend has it that this fruit fascinated the sailors of ages gone by, who imported it from Brazil to Liguria. Typical of the areas between Savona and Imperia, it is characterized by from a thick, deep orange color, and is rich in essential oils and a persistent and pleasant scent.

THE CHINOTTO ORANGE OF THE LIGURIAN RIVIERA

The chinotto, or myrtle-leaved orange tree, is an evergreen plant, little more than a meter and a half tall, but on its sparse branches grow an incredible wealth of fruit and flowers. During the harvest period, from September to November, it is possible to see clusters of small, bright green chinotto fruits among the leaves, which, over time, turn an orange color. The scent they give off is intense and characteristic, a sign of an exceptional shelf life, which allows them to be stored for very long periods. Chinotto oranges are grown only in the coastal territory from Varazze to Finale, but the tree is native to China.

ELDERBERRY ESSENTIAL OIL

Elderberry grows abundantly in Italy. Elderberry flowers are rich in valuable properties and, mixed with the other ingredients, characterize our gin, giving it a sweet and flowery connotation.

LEMONS

The unique blend of 36 botanicals includes Ligurian lemons, that give the gin a fresh and sweet aroma. It is very important to control the distillation temperature to ensure that the original aromas are preserved.