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Patient Wolf Premium Dry Gin (700ml)

Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
$85. 99
Bottle
$1031.88 Dozen
ABV: 41.5%

A vision for a new gin distillery in Brunswick began to take shape after "a few too many negronis at a local bar". As disciples of the craft movement, proprietors, Dave Irwin and Matt Argus wanted to keep it small-scale and local. They waited three years for their custom made, 230 litre Muller copper still to arrive from Germany. It uses a new technology which increases copper contact with the spirit to produce a more pure and aromatic distillate. The team also sought advice from Master Distiller, Anders Bilgram from Nordisk Branderi distillery in Denmark. "We knew we were getting closer to our final recipe, and that we were onto something, when Anders started requesting larger samples to be sent across the other side of the world." Ten botanicals were finally selected out of around one hundred that were tested. The first release of Patient Wolf sold out in a matter of days via a crowd-funding website. Batches have been rolling out ever since. Most botanicals are steeped overnight, including juniper, coriander seeds, cubeb pepper, orris root and tonka beans (native to South America). Ruby grapefruit and aniseed myrtle are infused in a botanical basket.

We tasted the second batch back in 2017, and by all reports, the boys have only further refined their craft. Patient Wolf opens with powerful aromas evoking orris and liquorice root over hints of black pepper. Exposure accents coriander, grapefruit, juniper and ups the freshness. The palate is silky on entry, leading into a viscous, pure, gently warming profile with creamy orris root, sage and coriander followed by a burst of piney juniper to finish. There's a subtle aftertaste of aniseed and white pepper. All up, it's a lively, interesting and cleverly composed contemporary gin that strikes a balance between traditional London Dry and New World styles. You could even say it's "Quintessentially Melbourne". 41.5% Alc./Vol.

Notes from the producers... Bright citrus of ruby grapefruit and fresh juniper are delicately balanced with subtle spice of aniseed myrtle, cubeb pepper, and tonka beans. Bold, complex and aromatic. A perfectly balanced Melbourne gin that will stand tall in drinks. It makes an incredible G&T with ruby grapefruit. Or try a Negroni or Martini.

Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2021

Gold Medal - Australian Gin Awards 2019