July – Forty Spotted (Lark Distillery)

Gin – Forty Spotted Rare Tasmanian Gin – Winter Release

Distillery – Lark Distillery

Description – Lark Distillery is synonymous with the Australian distilling scene. Known the world over for its award-winning malt whisky it is increasingly recognized for its gin. Its founder, Bill Lark, is credited with setting the scene for the craft distilling industry we see exploding in Australia today.

Over 20 years ago, Bill was enjoying his usual single malt whisky (probably Scottish) when he hatched his plan to start making a local Tasmanian whisky. First though he had to work hard to overturn a convict-era ban on small distilleries.

The ban originally came into effect to curb moonshining throughout Australia, what it achieved more effectively was hand the distilling industry over to larger industrial sized producers.

Bill was successful and in 1992, Lark Distillery was established, 153 years after the last Tasmanian distillery closed.

When you first open the Winter Release, take a second to appreciate that lovely rich pink colour. The 90 or so days this spends in ex port French oak casks is where this gorgeous colour comes from.

The first thing you’ll notice here when you smell this gin, is there’s much less of the usual juniper notes you would be used to finding. While it’s there, the barrel ageing process tones it down and blends it in with the other 19 botanicals…yes 19!

The distillery aren’t giving too much away as to what these are, but there is one that they’re happy to mention. The Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry is definitely front and centre here and is a feature of Forty Spotted’s gins. We love the texture, spiciness and sweetness it lends to the winter release.

Definitely sit on this one and sip it for a while. Personally we haven’t come across a gin of this silky texture since Loch way back at the beginning of the year. The similarity ends there however. If you wish to use a mixer, we recommend you start with the fantastic dry tonic Capi has kindly provided for each of you this month. Finish it off with a sprig of rosemary and a lemon slice (thin) for maximum enjoyment.

700ml Bottle Size. 40% Alc/Vol

Product of Hoabrt, TAS