December – Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin

Gin – Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin

Distillery – Shene Estate & Distillery

Description – Selecting this gin proved to be one of our toughest decisions to date. Not because we had to decide whether to ship Poltergeist, but because there are two equally fantastic versions of it.

Once Poltergeist gin is distilled in their 300 litre small still, half is sent for filtering to become the Poltergeist ‘True Spirit’, while the other half is bottled at a healthy 46%, the ‘Unfiltered’. The reason both gins exist, is the team at Shene couldn’t decide which they liked better, so they have bottled both versions.

In the end our personal preference was for the ‘Unfiltered’. It has a body and complexity to it that we couldn’t move past.

This gin lingers in your mouth, with a full burst of spicy, warmth and citrusy notes mixed in. We love a higher proof gin here and at 46%, we reckon this is pretty much perfect. The ‘Unfiltered’ doesn’t have the smoothness, or dryness of the “True Spirit’ making it very much a different style of gin. It’s more Australian and the mountain pepper berry comes through beautifully in that warmth.

How to drink this one? Begin with some liberal tastings of the Poltergeist neat. There is so much going on with this gin, that you can come back to it several times and pick different aspects out of it. We could sit and breathe this gin in all day long, it has so much aroma, thanks to the lack of filtration.

It makes a cracking G&T for us, because so much of that flavour still comes through. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit, but feel free to experiment with your own.

It’s difficult to contemplate at this time of year, but if you love a wintry style spicy negroni, this could be the perfect gin.

700ml Bottle Size. 46% Alc/Vol

Product of Shene Estate & Distillery, Tas