Abel Gin Co. is the fantastic project of Natalie Fryer and Kim Seagram. In a traditionally male oriented industry, it’s refreshing to see the growing involvement of women. Considering there is strong evidence to suggest women have greater sensitivity to smell and taste, this can only be a good thing for the industry. When you crack into the Quintessence (or the Essence if you opted-in) we’re sure you’ll agree!
For Natalie the fascination with gin began well before the more recent explosion in the craft gin scene. What else would you drink while you’re studying for a wine making degree! The winemaking won out for some time. 14 years with sparkling wine label Jansz means Natalie has all the skills needed to blend Abel’s gins.
If you’re knowledge of the spirits industry extends internationally you may be familiar with the Seagram name. Kim comes from a multi-generational spirits producing family in the Seagrams of Canada. At one time the family was the largest producer of alcoholic beverages in the world. While the business is no longer family owned Kim is keeping the ‘spirit’ alive and is also in possession of some family gin recipes from the turn of the century…wow!
Abel Gin Co. is produced at Launceston Distillery in Tasmania. Their botanical still Genevieve was designed and built by an old wine making buddy from copper and stainless steel, with an in built steam basket. Pretty critical as the majority of their botanicals are steam distilled.
It was a tough choice for us with Kim and Natalie producing equally fantastic gins in the Quintessence and Essence. The time of year was the clincher for us, as Quintessence is the darker, richer, wintry gin of the pair. We highly recommend you get your hands on the Essence if you haven’t already, especially once we move into the warmer months of the year.