Mark used a very old recipe as his starting point before swapping out the ingredients for locally foraged native botanicals – 14 in fact – that are cold macerated with juniper before the infused alcohol is distilled in his Holstein still, named Helga.
Juniper, lilly pilly, bunya nut, eucalyptus gum, strawberry gum leaf, lemon myrtle, wattleseed, rivermint, lemon scented gum, anise myrtle, pepper berry, finger lime, native ginger and cinnamon myrtle.
It is a very complex gin. On the nose there are bright fresh citrus notes with hint of mint. On the palate it begins with a hint of juniper before herbaceous notes and grass, mint and citrus flavours come to the fore. A warm, lengthy finish with ginger and pepper notes.
I find Botanic Australis works better with soda water and lime rather than tonic. It makes a wonderful savoury martini (particularly a Gibson) and a is delightful in a Lawn mower cocktail.
Country of Origin: Australia
Price range – Medium
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