As the winner of Best in Show at this year’s Australian Gin Awards, you should expect Three Cuts Distiller’s Release to be a cracking gin, and it is.
It’s full of flavour, the right amount of juniper and a bold, balanced profile that means it’s versatile in drink choices. Justin at Turner Stillhouse explained a few of the key things that make it the gin it is.
Firstly, was the choice of still. T.S. employ a 500l iStill from Europe, a high tech, all stainless steel, automated still. Having spent time on one in the US, Justin was impressed with the bold flavours he could extract from his botanicals. This has allowed him to create a bold, fuller flavoured gin.
Secondly was the choice of neutral spirit, in the case of Three Cuts, Justin selected a grape based neutral. We’re big fans of grape based gins, they tend to share a lovely mouthfeel and softness to the spirit that you don’t always find with other spirits. In addition, Justin found the grape neutral carried through the botanical flavours longer, for a better finish.
Lastly was the botanical mix itself. Unusually for a Tasmanian produced gin, there’s no pepperberry to be found here, which was a conscious decision to create a unique flavour profile. There is an abundance of fresh citrus 50/50 lemon and lime grown locally in the Tamar Valley. Justin explained that there’s a microclimate in the area allowing them to grow, albeit with a different flavour profile to those found on the mainland.
Layered in there’s also coriander seed, hibiscus flower, white peppercorn, cinnamon, and green cardamom pods. Finally, the chance to feature rose from a local rose grower was too hard to pass up. Done well, rose is a lovely addition and provides the name for the gin, Three Cuts (three cuts of rose)
On the nose the Distiller’s Release of Three Cuts is a complex mix of juniper, sweet spice, floral rose, and citrus.
On the palate there’s much more of the lovely cardamom, fresh lime and lemon, juniper, and white pepper.
The finish is long and satisfying, while the juniper, spice and citrus dominate, wait a little longer and you’ll find the hints of rose right at the end. It’s a super mix of everything a great gin should have juniper, citrus, spice, and floral notes.
Capi Dry Tonic
1 rose petal (optional)
Cocktail – Aviation Collins
If you’re after a boozier cocktail option, Three Cuts is ideally suited to a straight Aviation cocktail. It is summer though and you might be reaching for a tall drink with plenty of ice. Our suggestion is to twist that aviation into something more suitable an Aviation Collins. The inspiration for this cocktail comes from Woody’s Bar in Launceston, one of Turner Stillhouse’s local bars.
60ml Three Cuts Distiller’s Release Gin
25ml lemon juice
7.5ml crème de violette
20ml maraschino liqueur
50ml club soda
Add gin, lemon juice, crème de violette and liqueur to a tall glass. Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir to mix.
Garnish with maraschino cherry and lemon twist.