Cannabis and alcohol don’t mix. Do they?
As my regular readers know, I am always looking at the intersections between the cannabis and adult beverage industry, although as a rule of thumb, I abhor the concept of blending alcohol and cannabis. However, today I encountered this CANNABINNOVATION and had to share:
The headline is completely misleading — this gin is infused with cannabis-derived terpenes under the guidance of a molecular biologist with the drive of enhancing the olfactory and experiential qualities of the gin — they are enhancing the herbal infusion of the spirit with the goal of lending holistic qualities. Some of my readers may know I am a terpene groupie, and I devour as much of the emerging research around these essential oils as I can get my hands on. I am fully on-board with this original product from Australian producer The Cannabis Co. of Healesville.
I am curious, however. It seems myrcene (mango) is the predominant terp in this gin, but tasting notes indicate a flavor profile including lavender, pine and cloves (but no mango). Those are flavors typically associated with other terpenes. Does the alcohol chemically change the terpene? Terpenes are hydrocarbons and ethanol is a solvent, so I think there would have to be a change. If any of my readers can shed light on this, or even better, get their hands on a bottle to try, I would happily update this post with your insights.
To the rebels at The Cannabis Co. — keep on cannabinnovating!