One of Australia’s latest distilling ventures is located in the Yarra Valley. Their first spirit is a modern Australian Gin; possessing an equal mix of local and exotic botanicals including Juniper Berries, Coriander Seeds, Cardamom Pods, Tasmanian Pepperberry Leaf, Cinnamon, Lavender, Angelica, Star Anise, Lemon Myrtle and Fresh Oranges.
The distiller’s state, “In terms of our ambition for our first gin, we didn’t want a London Dry Gin but we couldn’t ignore juniper. The way we have approached it is that the juniper is the canvas and the other botanicals paint the picture. The Tassie pepper is brilliant on the palate, giving us warmth rather than heat. Lemon myrtle is a beautiful, complex and unique alternative to lemon peel. Perhaps most interesting is our use of whole oranges. It’s unusual to use fresh produce in gin but Australian citrus is highly aromatic and supports the spicier botanicals like coriander, cardamom and star anise.
Tasting notes: [BATCH No.2 tasted] Clear. Vibrant, lifted aroma is citrus focussed with its distinct lemon peel top note hovering over peppery, woody, piney, juniper notes. Second pass sees the aroma turn creamy and more lemon-meringue like. Hints of eucalyptus emerge in the final inspection to round off a very appealing gin bouquet. An unassuming entry leads into a concentrated, creamy yet spicy, medium dry profile featuring citrus peel, juniper and pepper. Excellent balance. Lemon / lime / spice aftertaste concludes with a dry, chalky fade. Consider adding this to your Gin repertoire over summer. Recommended. 41.8% Alc./Vol.