As I board his Antarctic ice-breaking yacht that is docked in Sydney Harbour, Metaxa Ambassador and modern-day explorer Mike Horn is sitting in a spacious circular lounge area in the hull of his yacht fresh from a solo-crossing of Antarctica. Next to him is Metaxa Master Distiller Costas Raptis and behind them, through 180 degree windows, the top of the Sydney Opera House reaches over the trees of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It’s an incredible view, and just like Metaxa’s newest release – Metaxa 12 Stars – despite appearing almost elitist and exclusive at first, the environment would soon become a setting of comfort, enjoyment and charm.... Read More | Share it now!
Earlier this year we brought you news of a neat new collaboration between Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Co. and acclaimed tattoo artist Kian Forreal, better known as Shodai Horisumi. The partnership gave rise to a new series of four rare Japanese inspired gins, the first of which was Horisumi Autumn with a very curious infusion of red miso, sesame seed, and sancho pepper. Now the second release in that series has arrived, continuing to pay homage to the seasons with the name of Horisumi Winter, a gin promising the familiar “scents and emotions” of the colder months.... Read More | Share it now!
The fine folk behind Four Pillars have just announced that this year they’ll be bringing back their phenomenal Bloody Shiraz Gin, which last year completely sold out just four months after it was released. To satisfy demand, the gin distillery will be producing even more bottles of the epic gin-wine combo, which takes Four Pillars’ exceptional gin and blends with it with flavour-rich shiraz grapes (that’s about the most simple description possible, but you get the idea).... Read More | Share it now!
Just in time for World Whisky Day (20th May), the prestigious John Walker & Sons series has launched their 2017 private collection in Australia. The high-end series of blended scotch whiskies by Master Blender Jim Beveridge has revealed a limited release of 5,588 individually numbered decanters in this fourth release of an ongoing series that highlights the dedication and innovation of the blenders behind the higher-end arm of Johnnie Walker, allowing the iconic whisky brand to dig into their rarest blends.... Read More | Share it now!
“Creating a fig liqueur had never been done before”, tells Patrick Borg of Think Spirits, a renowned Australian liquor distribution company which has recently released an unprecedented fruit liqueur, Esprit de Figues, that is fast rising to the very top of the wish lists of discerning drinkers and bartenders alike. Yep, it’s a genuine fresh fig liqueur, made from handpicked Violette de Bourdeaux Figs and bottled at a 150 year old distillery located in the lush grounds of Burgundy, France.... Read More | Share it now!
Two years ago, founders Chris Payton and Rohan Rivett attracted a lot of attention to their Small Mouth Vodka. The 100% Australian made organic Vodka picked up both a Gold Medal and a Master Medal, the top accolade, in the “Smooth” category at the 2015 Vodka Masters in London, putting this artisan Vodka on the map and perking interest from those around the world who consider themselves aficionados of fine spirits.... Read More | Share it now!
Gin: one of the most adaptable and customisable spirits in existence, drawing on various botanicals for vastly different flavour profiles. The art of crafting gin has been used to connect different expressions to different times, places and cities, and the latest release in Australia’s ever-growing artisan Gin scene is anchoring it in the most Sydney way possible. Distillery Botanica Gin has honoured a recent partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to create a limited edition expression, the Rather Royal Gin, making use of botanicals grown in luscious Garden itself. ... Read More | Share it now!
Sydney spirit heavy hitters Archie Rose Distilling Co have scored a big partnership with P&O Cruises. As of this June, the awarded distiller will climb on board and watch their spirits infuse the many flavours on offer at Pacific Explorer’s dedicated cocktail bar The Bonded Store. The forthcoming 77,000 tonne superliner (which is currently sailing as Dawn Princess with sister line Princess Cruises) will be using Archie Rose’s handcrafted spirits in each and every one of their creations to ensure guests are well taken care of.... Read More | Share it now!
Crafted from age-old French techniques, Esprit de Figues has been perking interest around the world from the fact that it’s the very first true fresh fig liqueur to be made. It didn’t take long for demand to bring it to Australia either, as now anyone is able to buy themselves a bottle of the rich French liqueur that is said to highlight the earthly delights of full-flavoured and fresh figs, infused into the liquid by artisan distillers at a 150 year old distillery in Burgundy.... Read More | Share it now!
It ain’t all about whisky and cider down in Tasmania. New local distillery Southern Wild have dove into the domestic market in a big way, making a splash with a range of gins named after the two wild rivers which run from the snowmelt of Cradle Mountain through the hinterland to the pristine coast of Tasmania’s northwest. Dasher + Fisher is the new range, and it’s not just the name which echoes nature, but the botanicals used to bring these flavour profiles to life. ... Read More | Share it now!