Our Gin is the serendipitous result of working with friends Gypsy Brewing Co. out at the winery at Patterson Lakes, and learning that they had a still and were beginning their own craft spirit range. We got chatting and they kindly offered me use of it to make the first batch using native Australian botanical ingredients. Gin, perhaps more immediately than wine even, reflects the origin of its ingredients. I was keen to create something that tasted distinctly Australian, without veering into caricature. Finger Limes, three different types of Myrtle, wattle seeds, lemon scented gum, all transport you to the smell of the Australian bush (or perhaps just your backyard).
It has been a fantastic experience to take my palate for wine and apply it to new flavours, and a great privilege to collaborate and learn from Gypsy Brewing’s distiller Sebastian Raeburn. Native Australian Botanicals: Mountain Pepper Berry, Riberry, Wattle Seed, Lemon Myrtle, Aniseed Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle, Finger Lime, Eucalyptus Citriadora. Herbaceous, with floral notes. A citrusy gin, while there are a number of Australian gins that could say the same, the difference with Story is the way this is tied together by some lovely herby, earthy notes, this is driven by the inclusion of wattle seeds, as well as the juniper and mountain pepper berry. At the floral end you’ll find the inclusion of different myrtles (lemon, cinnamon and aniseed) along with finger lime and Eucalypt Citriadoris on the finish.