January – Loch Small Batch

Gin – Loch Small Batch Gin

Distillery – Loch Brewery & Distillery

Description – After decades spent in the transport industry, Craig became a fan of single malt whisky 15 years ago. He spent time in Scotland and with Bill Lark in Tasmania learning the art of distilling, with a view to making whisky. But whisky needs time, so they decided to have a go at gin.

Loch Distillery’s base of operations is an old bank building, which doubles as their family home, as well as cellar door and brewery. Yes, like a few other gin makers in Australia, they also brew beer and distribute to many bars in Melbourne.

Whilst the brewing takes place in a small, but purpose built facility outside the main building, the gin and whisky distilling takes place right inside the cellar door. The bulk of the distilling is done by their beautiful hand-beaten copper pot still from Portugal, but Craig experiments using a small 20 litre still and his trusty pestle and mortar, used to hand grind all ingredients.

At the start this dual capacity allowed them to trial small batches and settle on a final version, a traditional English Dry Gin. While not focussed on Australian botanicals like many others, it does draw inspiration from the local region and their beautiful garden.

Grape Based ‘London Dry Style’ distilled with handground traditional London Dry Botanicals.

700ml Bottle Size. 41% Alc/Vol

Product of Loch, Victoria