Hi Kerry. As far as I could tell, I replicated my earlier recipe and technique but didn't get the same result. I'm beginning to wonder about the wisdom of putting all my botanicals in a muslin pouch in the still column - I think there's potential for variation there due to the 'sock' getting more or less squashed by the ceramic saddles accompanying it. Homedistiller.org had a post about making genever and the suggestion there was to have the heavier ingredients (juniper, coriander) in the boiler itself and only the light stuff (peels, fried leaves) in the column. I think I'll look into that for future experiments.
But for this time, I'm inclined to credit the second distillation for smoothing things out. This was in pure pot still mode, by the way - no reflux at all (not recommended with a stainless column).