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Australian Craft Gin Part II

Approximately two years ago I wrote a series of articles about craft gin. It’s an artisan beverage that really fascinated me and prompted me to devise a book concept. Even though two publishers loved my detailed synopsis they thought the subject was too niche. In fact, both editors thought craft gin mainly appealed to young hipsters in their late twenties/early thirties. Maybe at this time, they were correct, but I feel times have changed. Here are several of the original distillers I featured with exciting new variants.

Applewood Distillery

Applewood Distillery is located in the scenic Adelaide hills suburb of Gumeracha, in South Australia. Owner and Chief distiller Brendan Carter generously invited gave me a guided tour of the winery/distiller. Their primary objective is centred around sustainability and taking pride in Australian Culture. This why their high-quality spirits contain some of the finest locally sourced native botanical ingredients. Originally, I tested their signature gin but they have recently released Coral, Muntrie and Navy gins that are worth mentioning.

For more information about Applewood Distillery visit the company’s website: https://www.applewooddistillery.com.au

Distillery Botanica

Distillery Botanica is a specialist craft spirit producer located in Erina, New South Wales Australia. The business was created by progressive thinking Philip Moore. Utilising twenty year’s valuable experience as a trained horticulturist and herbalist, Philip applied his knowledge to the world of craft gin making. Impressively all the company’s refined spirits are meticulously handmade in copper pots and encapsulated with the finest native botanical ingredients. Popular varieties include the ‘Moore’s Signature Gin, Juniper and my personal favourite ‘Roots & Leaves’.

For more information about Distillery Botanica visit the company’s website: https://www.distillerybotanicagin.com

McHenry Distillery

McHenry Distillery is the world’s southernmost family-run distillery. The business is located on the side of Mount Arthur in the picturesque Tasman Peninsula region of Australia. Impressively the company takes full advantage of an abundance of spring water and exceptionally pure air. This means that all their spirits have a clean, crisp and distinctive taste. As well as producing some exquisite whiskey’s they also craft some amazing gins. Within the range, you can find exciting varieties like Classic London Dry, Barrel Aged, Navy Strength, Summer Gin, Sloe Gin and exciting new Butterfly Gin.

For more information about McHenry Distillery
visit the company’s website: https://mchenrydistillery.com.au

Shene Estate Distillery

Shene distillery is located on a historic estate located 30-minutes from Hobart in Tasmania. In 2006 head distiller David Kernke, wife Anne and daughter Myfanwy embarked on a huge challenge of reinstating the estate to its former glory. Today the Shene is renowned for making the finest Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky and only Tasmania’s only triple distilled variety. The company also crafts a delightful gin called Poltergeist, which won a Double Gold medal at 2017, 2018 and 2019, as well as Platinum in 2019 and 2020 at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Certainly, after testing this amazing gin it isn’t at all surprising.

For more information about Shene Estate Distillery follow this link: https://www.shene.com.au/distillery/

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