Taylor & Smith Distilling Co – Dry Gin
The fresh spirit of Tasmania’s ancient Huon Pine, iridescent abalone shell and pristine water. A nod to a London Dry, Taylor & Smith Dry Gin features the four key botanicals of sage, abalone shell, Huon Pine needles and red grapefruit.
Fresh sage is grown in their distillery garden and they source the shell whilst on family abalone dives. Once cleaned, the shell is dried and broken into tiny pieces to infuse in the gin. Abalone shell, used in Chinese medicine, is a calcium carbonate to neutralise the acids and adds a slight salinity.
Huon Pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii) is a species of conifer native to Tasmania. It is found by the edge of rivers and is an incredibly slow growing, revered local timber. The needles provide pine notes that differ to juniper and add to the complexity of the dryness.
Try in a dry martini or with dry tonic and a sprig of rosemary.
Best Small Batch Spirit, Tasting Australia Spirit Awards, 2020
Gold – Gin, Tasting Australia Spirit Awards, 2020
Product of Hobart, Australia