When we set about checking out Queenscliff’s range, we sampled a few of their products. The Botanical gin grabbed us immediately for it’s soft, balanced flavour profile.
The gin, like the rest of the range, is distilled in Queenscliff’s cellar distillery. The still is a 600 litre copper pot still, fabricated by Burns Welding in Griffith NSW. Burns are responsible for stills from some of our favourite distilleries, such as Tara distillery and Reed & Co among many more.
The spirit Queenscliff use for their gin is sugar based and gives it a super soft mouthfeel, with a subtle sweetness that we find incredibly appealing. Andrew explained that in selecting the botanicals for this gin, he was chasing some of the lovely aromatics he admired from the Cavendish gin and that inspired him to gin making originally.
As such he’s selected lavender and elderflower which provide some lighter floral notes. There is of course juniper and while it’s not dominant in the traditional style, it’s well represented and underpins the rest of the mix. This includes rosemary, native lemongrass and angelica.
As you sip the botanical gin, you’ll notice that the spirit has a pleasant sweetness from start to finish. There’s some lovely herb notes from the rosemary, lemongrass and angelica.
Finally the finish is long with some pleasant spice and those light herbal notes that sit on the tongue well past the liquid!
Our ideal serve suggestion comes courtesy of Mikey Enright owner of Sydney’s The Barbershop, world’s best gin bar in 2020.
Pair the botanical gin with Artisan Drinks’ Skinny London tonic water a lemon slice and rosemary sprig garnish.
“I’ve matched Artisan Skinny London tonic to Queenscliff botanical Gin. Skinny has a lower natural sugar content, so it cuts through some the sweeter botanicals and lets the floral flavours come through. It balances it beautifully with a touch of savoury herb.”
Our cocktail suggestion is to whip this up into a gin mojito, tall and refreshing as we finally hit spring again!
Queencliff Botanical Gin Mojito
- 3 mint springs
- 45ml Botanical Gin
- 15ml simple syrup
- 15ml fresh lime juice
- 30ml soda
Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake and serve in a high ball glass. Garnish with mint and lime.