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.
Botanicals were freshly picked from several of the Garden’s iconic areas like the Rose Garden and Spring Walk, all chosen to create a rare collection of 1000 handcrafted bottles, all exploring the essence of the famous Sydney spot.
“The botanicals that give our gin its unique flavour were grown in the soil of the 200-year-old Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. so when you drink it, you’re literally drinking part of the Garden, and for that matter Sydney itself”, said Distillery Botanica’s award-winning Master Distiller Philip Moore, who worked with the Garden’s Director of Horticulture, Jimmy Turner, to handpick the best flora for the gin. “The Garden is Australia’s oldest living scientific institution, and if through this limited release gin, we can help raise awareness of their critical conservation work then we’re honoured to support this project”.
Proceeds from all sales of the limited release gin will go towards the Garden’s conservation programs, which preserve the land’s precious biodiversity through seed collection, seed banking and conservation research and training.
Botanicals that have gone into the gin include Pope John Paul roses, mandarin leaf, lemon verbena, horehound, curry leaves, lovage and chamomile. The recipe then took months to refine, with Moore using the thousand-year-old technique of enfleurage to cold-extract their perfumes, producing a potent aroma.
The Rather Royal Gin is available from https://www.distillerybotanicagin.com/ for an RRP of $129. Selected stockists will also be selling it and it’s currently being used at the bar in the Botanic Garden Restaurant.