Husk Distillers Ink Dry Gin (700ml)
Based in Tumbulgum, NSW (North of Byron Bay), distiller Paul Messenger has incorporated 14 botanicals into the mix, highlighting juniper, locally grown lemon myrtle, Tasmanian pepper berries and the exotic bois bande. Yet, for most, the star of the show are the 'Butterfly pea flowers' (often used as a colourant in Southeast Asian cooking), which have resulted in an eye-catching bluish/violet coloured gin. The flowers have an incredibly sensitive pH balance, meaning even the slightest shift in acidity can turn a beverage from deep blue, to a pink blush, i.e. Tonic!
The distillery has also produced an Australian Agricole (sugar cane) styled Rum and cane spirit, both of which are outstanding.
Tasting notes: Striking translucent French blue colour with mauve edges. Aromas of piney juniper, lemon gelato, thyme, sweet oregano and white pepper, follow through with bright and zesty flavours of lemon gelato, late juniper, white pepper and pleasing spirit warmth. Aftertaste is delicately bitter; hints of thyme and distant juniper in the fade. A novel citrus-forward style for dazzling cocktails. 43% Alc./Vol.