Well aware of the time-difference between here and Australia (I used to work a lot with folks from down-under) I gave them a call shortly after Midnight GMT.I spoke to Phillip Moore the distiller and we had a very long conversation, as people with a shared spirit passion often do. I learnt a lot about the spirits trade in the Australia and told Phillip about recent developments I have noticed in the sector. Happily Phillip agreed to send me some samples and in return I’d send him some samples of gin that was difficult to get in Australia.
Coriander Seeds (Southern Australia)
Angelica Root (Europe)
Queensland Wild Lime (Queensland)
Cinnamon Myrtle (New South Wales)
Illawarra Plum (New South Wales)
Macadamia Nut (New South Wales)
nose: “there’s a touch of the Aussie bush about this” says Sarah. Eucalyptus, citrus and some deeper floral notes as well as a sweet cakey lemon which we later identified as Lemon Shortcake Biscuits. A touch of golden syrup was also noticed.
taste: unusual, citrus, floral, dried flower petals, earthy, fruity and floral; in short, flavourful and complex. Sarah noted limey citrus as well as that hint of vanilla that often accompanies the flavour. The eucalyptus was still there as was a touch of pine. Sarah was surprised at the depth of flavour given that it was only 40%ABV.
Gin & Tonic
We mixed 1pt Moore’s Gin with 2pts Schweppes as it is the most popular tonic in Australia.
Initial flavours of lime and eucalyptus. Sarah said that it reminded her of drinking a gin and tonic on the veranda of her friend’s house in the Blue Mountains.
We both thought it a little light on the Juniper but the other flavours made up for any absence. The result was a complex and subtle drink, that was also quite dry and very refreshing.
We didn’t add any garnish to our gin and tonic and there were some comments that a big chunk of lemon or lime may over-power the gin. But even without a garnish the drink was superb.
I poured this strait from the freezer in vermouth rinsed glass.
Lovely, flavours of eucalyptus pine and a hint of violet; something similar to wood sap too. The Gin goes well with the herbal notes of the Dolin Dry Vermouth and in invigoratingly cold with a very long finish. Just Great!
We were both really impressed with Moore’s Gin and I think it brings something new and relevant to the market place. For me, it’s a shame you can’t buy it in the UK. The markets itself as Spirit of Australia and from Sarah’s reaction I think that is certainly the case and that this is a distinctively Australian Gin. If you get the chance I’d recommend trying t for something different but brilliant.
For readers in Australia Moore’s Gin is available $49.95 (AUD) for 700ml here.