Cocktails with… Great Southern Distillery Gin

Great Southern Dry Gin is produced by the Great Southern Distilling Company in Albany, Western Australia. Bottled at 40.0% ABV, its botanicals include: juniper, coriander, angelica, fresh lemon, orris, cardamom, cinnamon, anise, and bloodroot. It is also based on the distillery’s voda, which is distilled from grapes.

Great Southern Dry Gin

On its own
Nose: Juniper, coriander, and a little citrus with just a touch of woodiness, too.
Taste: This is a good spirit with sweet spice notes and a light fruitiness, before a dry finish with notes of vanilla and orris.

Gin & Tonic
Dry, with notes of spice, especially cinnamon and cardamom, and some floral citrus. This is particularly easy to drink (very quaffable) with a clean, dry finish.

Clean and smooth, but without a huge amount of flavour or character. There are some light floral and spiced notes, including cinnamon.

This is a relatively light Negroni, with a little juniper and angelica, but it’s the sweet vermouth and the Campari that really shine through in this cocktail.

In Conclusion
The Great Southern Dry Gin is a complex and fragrant gin with some versatility in mixed drinks. My favourite was the “I’ll take another” Gin & Tonic.


Bonus Tasting:

Ginnifer Golden Gin (49.0% ABV)
Made by Great Southern Distillery of Albany, Western Australia, this is based on the grape-based Great Southern Dry Gin, which is made using a blend of nine botanicals: juniper, coriander, angelica, lemon, orris, cardamom, cinnamon, anise and meen (bloodroot). It is then aged in French oak barriques.

Color: Golden yellow
Nose: Citrus, angelica, and coriander, with a little dry spice, too. Vanilla, pepper, and a touch of black tea.
Taste: Viscous and oily, the initial, classic flavors of this gin – juniper, angelica, and citrus – move onto the sweeter, woody flavors of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. However, the flavors then move back to a long, dry finish of juniper and citrus.