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Tamborine Mountain Distillery Lavender Liqueur (500ml)
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- ABV 20%
Michael and Alla Ward, along with daughter Sonya, have been tending their edible garden and running a distillery at their Tamborine Mountain hideaway since 1993. "As we did not want to use chemical sprays on our fruit, we discovered that our products did not meet with market requirements." explains Ward. "For a four person family, we had too much fruit, so we needed to convert it into something which would make this small property productive".
Although they only started selling to the public in 1998, recent wins at the Beverage Tasting Institute's (BTI) International Review of Spirits Awards in the US brings the total number of accolades it has received over the years to 260. They presently have over 80 products in their portfolio, some of which employ local indigenous fruits and herbs including quandong and lemon myrtle.
Self proclaimed as "The ferals on the Hill", Ward says that despite the international recognition, "...we're motivated to become an icon in our own country not to boast of export success. We have plenty of new products in the pipeline." He adds, "There are very few women distillers in the world and we are very proud to have one here at TMD in the name of my wife, plus my daughter Sonya heads the sales and marketing division".
Tasting note: Pours an eye catching fluorescent French blue. Subtle, sweet lavender / potpourri-like scents alternate with hints of beeswax and peanut satay sauce. Subtle notes of eucalyptus in the background add freshness. Entry is light, slightly viscous and leads into a creamy mid palate with a curious delivery that's momentarily lavender like followed by a sweet fruit tingle lolly-like finish. Concludes flaccid and relatively short. Odd. 20%Alc./Vol.