July ’17 – Apothecary Gin

Gin – Killara Distillery – Apothecary Gin

Description Killara Distillery was founded in Tasmania and produces both whiskey and their brand of gin – Apothecary.

The bottle – obviously – takes it’s inspiration from the original traditions of gin.

“I love the stories of how gin was first created to make tonic water taste better and it’s medicinal properties,” says Kristy (Killara owner and distiller). ” We have also maintained that tradition within the gin itself, using what were considered to be medicinal products such as chamomile. Oh, I’m not claiming that my gin is medicinal by the way.”

We are. It certainly tastes like it should be able to cure something, and with the care taken by Kristy, perhaps she’s more a scientist than a distiller. Kristy distills the botanicals individually, and then marries them together, taking careful note of seasonal produce to ensure a consistent taste. She describes how small variables in produce can have a significant impact on the end result, and that result is personal to her. That same passion also comes through when she describes her commitment to the creative side of distilling.

“I love trying new things. For me, combining botanicals and trying new tastes and flavours is the most exciting part of the process. My mother was amazing when it came to creating new recipes, and trying different combinations, I guess I got that from her.”

In the future, Kristy is looking to explore the development of a stronger gin, and will be developing new combinations of traditional Australian botanicals, specifically those from Tasmania, where it seems the potential of the industry is limitless.

Killara Distillery’s Apothecary gin reeks of tradition. Kristy has created a traditional, juniper forward gin, reminiscent of a London Dry. It offers deep pine notes and a natural sweetness that remains on the palette. This authenticity translates to the bottle also, which looks like something a old time doctor with a massive moustache would recommend to you in order to cure the Lurgy.

Whatever that is.

So, in order to enjoy this most traditional of gins, we decided to head back to 1920’s Florence  – figuratively – where the most traditional of Gin cocktails was invented; the Negroni.

1. Take 60ml of Apothecary gin, and to put yourself in the right frame of mind, look at yourself in the mirror and diagnose yourself with some kind of strange illness that doesn’t really exist. Nod thoughtfully, and recommend a Negroni.

2. Find an old-fashioned beaker (or a cocktail shaker is fine) and combine the Gin with 25 ml of Campari and 25 ml of sweet vermouth.

3. Talk briefly about the health benefits of cigarettes and how European politics seems a ‘bit off.’

4. Add minimal ice and stir until chilled, alternatively leave in the freezer for around 30 minutes. Not serving the cocktail with ice will make for a smoother, tastier Negroni.

5. Strain into old fashioned glass, garnish with a badly cut orange twist (leave some pulp on the back) and wander outside to check the cobbled streets for trouble makers.

6. Enjoy

500ml Bottle Size. 40% Alc/Vol

Product of Killara Distillery