Gin – Patient Wolf
Patient Wolf is the project of two mates Dave and Matt from an urban distillery in Melbourne’s Brunswick.
Having met as colleagues back in 2011, numerous drinks at their local helped them to the realisation they shared a few things in common; families from farming backgrounds, an appreciation for good alcohol and being less than satisfied with corporate life.
Dave and Matt knew they wanted to create something for themselves, they also wanted it to be something hands on, that perhaps could reflect their ‘DNA’, coming from farming families. The pair had both spent time travelling in Europe, particularly London, Spain and Portugal. The gin scene is particularly strong there and played a part in setting the direction for their future project.
When they began developing Patient Wolf, Matt and Dave spent a great deal of time talking gin with some of the best bartenders in Melbourne. A common theme about what they like to see in gin, was to not lose the juniper. Flavoured vodka disguised as gin was not an option!
Patient Wolf also features coriander seeds, orris root, angelica root, cardamom, cubeb pepper, and tonka beans. We hadn’t come across tonka beans in any other gin so far, so we were curious. What is it and what does it add to the gin?
The tonka bean is native to South America and generally only found in use only in high end restaurants due to cost. We’re told at almost $1000/kg this is, by weight, the most expensive botanical in Patient Wolf. We knew as soon as we tried Patient Wolf, there was something there that we hadn’t experienced in a gin so far. That silky, creamy mouthfeel, combined with a slight sweet, vanilla flavour was unique. This is thanks to the tonka bean and we love this new (for us) botanical!
We loved the combination of citrus and juniper you get when you smell Patient Wolf. When you drink it, it’s such a complex gin. The orris root is obvious to begin with along with the juniper, it finishes by leaving a lovely peppery aftertaste that seems to sit there forever. All of this is tied together by the tonka beans mouthfeel and marzipan sweetness.
There’s a few options for you here for G&T’s. Garnish with Ruby Grapefuit, Lemon, Lemon & Rosemary, or apple and rosemary. We’d love to know your favourite! Why not try a dry martini with a ruby grapefruit or lemon twist.
700ml Bottle Size. 41.5% Alc/Vol
Product of 13th Duke Distilling