Flavourings and Essences - What you need to know...

Still Spirits Flavourings and Essences

For a home distiller, there are (on a basic level) two routes you can choose to take when it comes to creating your own alcohol. Either you can follow the distillation process from scratch, or you can distil a simple "neutral spirit" (much like vodka) and add Flavourings or "essences" to almost instantly create a spirit that tastes like the end product you are after.

Note: Neutral Spirits are not essential - our Icon Liqueurs Range works well with store-bought vodka and our Just Add Vodka range is specifically designed to be added to store-bought vodka! 

It may sound hard to believe that a spirit of drinkable quality could be created in this way, but trust us - it is. At Still Spirits, we have a range of flavourings and essences covering a plethora of tastes, styles and budgets - so we thought it may be helpful to break this down a bit.

Why use Flavourings/Essences?

Simply put, using flavourings is easier and faster than distilling from scratch and is by far more cost-effective than buying your spirits/liqueurs at a retail store.

How do I use Flavourings?Adding Flavourings

Simply follow the instructions on the product; all this entails is adding the flavouring directly to your spirit in the prescribed quantity and giving it a mix - that's it! Click here to skip to the end for a guide on our entire range of flavourings and the commercial spirits they're inspired by...

Flavouring Profiles

Looking for something a bit more creative than simply adding a flavouring? Well, we have a range of base flavourings and adjuncts that make up the packaged flavourings  - giving you everything you need to create your own flavours from scratch!

Our Profile Range contains these flavourings and adjuncts unique to Gin and Whiskey flavours. Looking for a smokier flavour in your whiskey? Add a little Peat Smoke Flavouring. Whiskey needs a bit of bite? Try the Astringent Notes Flavouring for some sharp bitterness. Want a fruitier whiskey? Add some Fruity Esters! You get the picture...

Whiskey Profile KitWhiskey Flavouring Profile Kit

We have two kits available in this range - the Whiskey Flavouring Profile Kit, and the Gin Flavouring Craft kit. Each Kit contains all the flavourings and tools you need to create your own Whiskey and Gin flavours - simply by adding to your neutral spirit using the tools and instructions provided.

But wait... What if you'd love to try this but have never distilled before and/or don't have access to neutral spirits? Easy - buy a bottle of plain gin or whiskey and use the profiles to enhance it - a great way to give it a proverbial "go",  get your creative juices flowing and hone your tasting/blending skills!

At this point you could even take it one step further by adding our Oak Spirals to give it that "aged in a cask" flavour - the sky's the limit. 

Neutral Spirits and Alternatives

Never made a neutral spirit before? No problem - click here to learn how to distil. Not planning on making your own neutral spirits? Again, no problem - our Icon Liqueurs range (although designed with neutral spirits in mind) work very well with store-bought vodka. Simply add the flavouring as prescribed and voila - you're done! Alternatively, see our Just Add Vodka range - flavourings specifically designed to be added to store-bought vodka!


So where do you go from here? Below we'll recap some of our ranges for you:

  • Classic - Our premium range of spirit flavourings,
  • Icon Liqueurs  - Our premium liqueur flavourings designed to emulate popular commercial equivalents.
  • Top Shelf - Our broadest collection of spirit and liqueur flavourings  designed to emulate commercial spirits and liqueurs.
  • Profile Kits - Flavours and adjuncts to craft your own personalised whiskey and gin flavours.
  • Original - Basic spirit flavourings - great to use in conjunction with additional flavouring profiles.
  • Just Add Vodka - Simple flavourings to add to store-bought vodka.

Ready for the fun part? Use the chart below to find which flavouring to use based on your favourite commercially available Spirit or Liqueur!

If you like: You should try:
BRANDY  
Apricot Brandy Top Shelf Apricot Brandy
Calvados Top Shelf Apple Brandy
Cherry Brandy Top Shelf Cherry Brandy
Grand Marnier Top Shelf Grande Paris
Hennessey Cognac Classic Brandy
Martineau Top Shelf French Brandy
Napoleon Brandy Classic VSOP Brandy
Orange Brandy Top Shelf Orange Brandy
Remy Martin Top Shelf Napoleon Brandy
GIN  
Bombay Sapphire Gin Classic Blue Jewel
Edinburgh’s Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Icon Liqueurs Rhubarb & Ginger Gin
Gordon’s Dry Gin Classic Gin
Gordon’s Dry Gin Top Shelf Dry Gin
Gordon’s Elderflower Gin Top Shelf Elderflower Gin
Pink Royal Dry Gin Top Shelf Pink Gin
Sacred Pink Grapefruit Gin Top Shelf Pink Grapefruit Gin
Tanqueray Gin Classic London Gin
Violet-Parma Gin Top Shelf Violet Gin
Violet-Parma Gin Liqueur Icon Liqueurs Violet Gin
RUM  
Appleton’s Rum Top Shelf Jamaican Gold Rum
Bacardi Classic White Rum
Bacardi Top Shelf White Rum
Black Heart Navy Rum Top Shelf Dark Rum
Bundaberg Rum Classic Queensland Gold Rum
Bundaberg Rum Top Shelf Aussie Gold Rum
Bundaberg Rum Top Shelf Aussie Red Rum
Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum Classic Dark Jamaican Rum
Captain Morgan’s Spiced Gold Rum Classic Spiced Gold Rum
Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum Top Shelf Spiced Rum
Coruba Dark Top Shelf Jamaican Dark Rum
Kraken Spiced Rum Top Shelf Sea Beast Spiced Rum
Lamb’s Navy Rum Classic Navy Dark Rum
Lamb’s Navy Rum (lighter style) Classic Calypso Dark Rum
Malibu Icon Liqueurs Coconut Rum
Malibu Top Shelf Coconut Rum
TEQUILA  
Jose Cuervo Silver Top Shelf Tequila Silver
Pepe Lopez Top Shelf Tequila
VODKA  
Absolut Apeach Vodka Just Add Vodka Peach Vodka
Absolut Citron Vodka Just Add Vodka Lemon Vodka
Absolut Citron Vodka Top Shelf Citrus Vodka
Absolut Raspberri Vodka Just Add Vodka Raspberry Vodka
Absolut Vanilia Vodka Just Add Vodka Vanilla Vodka
Absolut Vodka Just Add Vodka Pure Vodka
Lovoka Top Shelf Caramel Vodka
Smirnoff or 42 Below Top Shelf Vodka
Żubrówka Bison Grass Vodka Classic Bison Plains Vodka
AMERICAN WHISKEY/BOURBON  
Canadian Club Top Shelf Rye Whiskey
Jack Daniel’s Classic Tennessee Bourbon
Jack Daniel’s Top Shelf Southern Whiskey
Jim Beam Top Shelf Bourbon
Jim Beam Classic American Bourbon
Jim Beam Top Shelf Kentucky Bourbon
Jim Beam Cherry Bourbon Top Shelf Cherry Bourbon
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon Classic Crafter’s Cut Bourbon
Wild Turkey Bourbon Top Shelf Wild Eagle
Wild Turkey Honey Bourbon Top Shelf Honey Bourbon
SCOTCH & IRISH WHISKEY  
Bell’s Scotch Whisky or Laphroaig Classic Finest Reserve Whiskey
Bushmills Irish Whiskey Top Shelf Shamrock Whiskey
Glengoyne Classic Northern Whiskey
Glenmorangie Top Shelf Smoky Whiskey
Glenmorangie Single Malt Classic Single Whiskey
J&B Rare Blended Whiskey or Teachers Classic Whiskey
Scotch Whisky Top Shelf Whiskey
Scotch Whisky Top Shelf Single Whiskey
Tullamore Dew Classic Shamrock Whiskey
GENERAL LIQUEURS  
Amaretto Top Shelf Amaretto
Chambord Icon Liqueurs Black Raspberry Royale
Frangelico Top Shelf Hazelnut Liqueur
ANISE LIQUEURS  
Absinthe Top Shelf Absinthe
Galliano Top Shelf Italiano
Metaxa Top Shelf Ouzo
Opal Nera Icon Liqueurs Black Sambuca
Opal Nera Top Shelf Black Sambuca
Ricard Top Shelf Pastis
Sambuca Top Shelf White Sambuca
Sambuca Top Shelf Red Sambuca
CARAMEL, BUTTERSCOTCH & VANILLA  
Advocaat Top Shelf Advocaat
Butterscotch Cream Top Shelf Butterscotch Cream
Butterscotch Schnapps Top Shelf Butterscotch Schnapps
Caramel Vanilla Cream Top Shelf Caranilla Cream
De Kuyper Icon Liqueurs Butterscotch Schnapps
CHOCOLATE LIQUEURS  
Chocolate Almond Top Shelf Swiss Chocolate Almond
Chocolate Top Shelf Chocolate Cream
Crème de Cacao Top Shelf Crème de Cacao
Vandermint Chocolate Mint Top Shelf Chocolate Mint
COFFEE LIQUEURS  
Cappuccino Top Shelf Cappuccino
Kahlua Top Shelf Cafelua
Kahlua Icon Liqueurs Cafelua
Tia Maria Top Shelf Coffee Maria
Tia Maria Icon Liqueurs Coffee Maria
FRUIT LIQUEURS  
Amarula Top Shelf Marula
Apple Schnapps Top Shelf Apple Schnapps
Archer’s Peach Schnapps Icon Liqueurs Peach Schnapps
Archer’s Peach Schnapps Top Shelf Peach Schnapps
Banana Schnapps Top Shelf Banana Schnapps
Blackberry Schnapps Top Shelf Blackberry Schnapps
Blue Curacao Top Shelf Blue Curacao
Cointreau Top Shelf Triple Sec
Feijoa Schnapps Top Shelf Feijoa Schnapps
Mango Liqueur Top Shelf Mango Liqueur
Midori Icon Liqueurs Melon
Midori Top Shelf Melon Liqueur
Pear Schnapps Top Shelf Pear Schnapps
Pina Colada Top Shelf Pina Colada Cream
Pineapple Schnapps Top Shelf Pineapple Schnapps
Strawberry Top Shelf Strawberry Schnapps
HERBAL LIQUEURS  
Drambuie Top Shelf Honey Spiced Whiskey Liqueur
Drambuie Top Shelf Spiced Whiskey Liqueur
Fireball Top Shelf Cinnamon Whiskey
Jägermeister Top Shelf Herbal Liqueur
Jägermeister Icon Liqueurs Herbal Liqueur
IRISH CREAM  
Bailey’s Irish Cream Icon Liqueurs Shamrock Cream
Bailey’s Irish Cream Top Shelf Irish Cream
Bailey’s Irish  Mint Cream Top Shelf Irish Mint Cream
Bailey’s Orange Truffle Irish Cream Top Shelf Orange Truffle Irish Cream
OTHER  
Ambrosia Top Shelf Ambrosia Cream
Candy Shots Top Shelf Candy Shots
Crème de Menthe or Get 27 Top Shelf Creme de Menthe
Hot Cinnamon Top Shelf Hot Cinnamon Schnapps
Pimm’s No.1 Top Shelf Summer Cup No.1
Port Wine Top Shelf Ruby Port
Southern Comfort Icon Liqueurs Southern Smooth
Vermouth Top Shelf Dry Vermouth