Botanic Australis Gin (700ml)


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Botanic Australis Gin (700ml)

Queensland, AUSTRALIA
$74.99 Bottle
  • ABV 40%

Mt. Uncle Distillery has built a reputation for Award winning premium liqueurs and spirits. It is North Queensland’s first and only distillery and is the premier attraction on the Cairns Highlands (Atherton Tablelands). The only range of real 100% spirits and liqueurs produced on site, over 50+ teas to try and buy, Liqueur Chocolates, Café, local artwork and the list goes on. What more could you want in one place!

The distillery is nestled on the fertile foothills of Mt. Uncle from where it claims its name from. The mountain was named after the Uncle of the founding pioneer John Atherton, very original! Yes there is also a Mt. Aunty beside him as well so the big guy doesn’t get lonely. Set in landscaped gardens on a Banana, Avocado and Macadamia plantation Mt. Uncle Distillery is as a pleasant visit upon your eyes as it is your taste buds.

Apart from the juniper, this gin employs a full repertoire of native Australian botanicals (14 in total). The Lemon Scented gum (citriodora) makes a particularly strong contribution. Smelling this evoked memories of planting an avenue of saplings. The species has soft furry leaves prior to maturity. Rubbing the leaves between your fingers releases the oils along with a delightfully fresh lemon/eucalyptus aroma. Other notable ingredients include native Wattle Seed, Lilly Pilly, Lemon Myrtle, native ginger and Finger Limes.

Tasting note: Crystal clear. Wow! Captivates from the get go with its individualistic bouquet - an alluring combination of lime juice, crushed citriodora leaf and subtle liquoricey notes - juniper takes back seat. A light entry builds to a concentrated, beautifully balanced and wonderfully fresh citriodora leaf and lime peel mid palate with hints of juniper and anise, finishing pleasantly peppery with excellent persistence. A highly idiosyncratic and genuinely Australian rendition that succeeds on all levels but is best left alone. 40% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... You know I am passionate about Aussie gins (I’ve even created a lovely event for you to try some) so when I came across Botanic Australis gin at Top Shelf Boutique Drinks Festival today (expect a round-up later) I couldn’t wait to write about it! It was definitely my ‘Gin of the day’. Where to start? It’s craft-distilled in North Queensland at the Mt. Uncle Distillery (there is a Mt. Aunty too!), contains no fewer than 14 native botanicals, (including three types of myrtle, finger limes and lilly pilly), and is both distinctive and delicious. The gentleman serving me described it as “very herbaceous”. And so it is. A hint of juniper, a mouthful of warmth and then the botanicals play a fandango (look it up) in your mouth. Herb, grass, mint and citrus flavours, all at once. I also detected ginger and pepper after notes too. It was love at first taste and I swiftly purchased a bottle. I am now saving for my airfare to Queensland where I will kiss the still that produced it. -