Cocktails with… Moore’s Gin

Readers may recall our World of Gin project, an attempt to try gins produced in as many different countries as possible. One of my long-term goals was to try a gin from Australia* and in my search I came across Moore’s Gin.
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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.
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Anyone that has been to the excellent Juniper Society at Graphic Bar in London will sure to have met Sarah Mitchell (a compatriot of Phillip) and so during a quieter moment in her schedule we arranged a mini tasting of Moore’s Gin.
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Moore’s Gin is made at St Fiacre Distillery (the patron saint of gardeners) which is soon to be renamed Distillery Botanica. The name change is part of a re-brand and reinvigoration of the brands and it’s products.
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Sarah and I were given a sample of a potential re-formulation of the gin but as this was experimental and is now unlikely to be the final version I haven’t included notes
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Moore’s Gin is bottled at 40%ABV and is made using 100% Australian Grain. Each of the seven botanicals are distilled separately using a carter-head still; these distillates are then blended to make the gin. This blending method is used by a variety of other popular gins such as Sacred, Sloane’s and Gin Mare.
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Juniper Berries (Europe)
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)
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Philip Moore also makes a range of Australian Liqueurs, flavours include: Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepperberry, Aniseed Myrtle, Wild Lime and Mandarin.
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Gin GP - Sarah Mitchell with a Bottle of Moore's Australian Gin

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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.

Martini
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!

In Conclusion

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.

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SPECIAL THANKS
Many thanks to Phillip Moore for sending me the smaples and for Sarah and the Grphic Team for helping me with the tasting.
If you are in Australia in interested in Gin why not checkout the Australian Branch of the world-famous Juniper Society here.
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*I had already tried South Gin made in New Zealand by 42 Below