As one of the newest craft gins to the Australian scene, we were over the moon when our discussions with Never Never Distilling Co. (Never Never) went down the path of an exclusive batch for Gin Lane.
One of our growth goals when we began was to reach a point where we would have the scale to work with a distillery to purchase a full exclusive batch for our members and we’ve definitely reached this point now. For a distillery like Never Never, this means the ability to offer us something unique, profiles and botanicals they may have been experimenting with, but that might not become a ‘shelf’ release to the market.
You’re in an exclusive group therefore to enjoy DGL1, the ‘Ginius Release’. As a brand new expression, we thought we’d leave it to the guys at Never Never to explain just what they’ve done with this batch for your tasting pleasure.
“When it comes to the DGL1 “Ginius” release, we asked Tim our distiller, to work with his favourite botanical combinations to date.
This Southern Strength is made the same way we make our other variations, by elevating key botanicals to enhance the overall character of the gin. It contains 9 botanicals in total with juniper being at the forefront. These botanicals include juniper, coriander seed, angelica root, orris root, liquorice root, lemon, lime, cinnamon and Tasmanian pepperberry.
In this instance, it most resembles Batch 2 (Tim’s favourite release to date) that had an elevation in root character. In DGL1 however, we have increased the botanical weight of the Angelica Root and the Orris Root. This has a considerable impact on lifting the savoury character of the Southern Strength Gin and adds a rich and powerful mouthfeel.
This gins 54% abv creates considerable length where the root character is complimented by a warming wooded spice, courtesy of the pepperberry and cinnamon. This gin is perfect served with quality tonic water garnished with mint and lime or for the perfect summer gin cocktail, a classic Southside.
Nose: Intensely aromatic, floral orris and pine mingle with fresh lemon zest and pungent pepper.
Palate: Bold juniper and citrus up front leading into a rich and root driven middle palate. Still very oily and viscous thanks to the considerable steeped juniper content and elevated orris character.
Finish: Extremely long as the higher alcohol percentage carries the fuller flavour. An extended sweetness can be attributed to the heavy use of juniper and liquorice. Pepperberry spice develops very late in the form of a light menthol character.”