It is big and bold, but with the juniper in the background. The citrus and the other flavors are in the front. As for the botanicals, officially they are listed as: juniper, cardamom, coriander, lavender, anise, sasparilla and orange peel. Unofficially, orange and juniper are easily detectable while cardamom and sasparilla are nearly undetectable, The lavender is present when sniffed; however, seems much more subtle in the drink itself. The neutral base is exactly that: perfectly neutral (but very smooth) and allows the rest of the botanicals to stand out.. one thing that raises Aviation gin to the next level is its smoothness and complexity.