One of the few universal rules around gin? It must be made from Juniper.
After that it's a bit of a free-for-all, hence the huge diversity of craft gins currently populating the Australian scene alone.
Juniper (Juniperus communis) is a small conifer that grows all around the world, yet strangely not a great deal in Australia. These berry-like cones take around 18 months to ripen.
Very few parts of the world cultivate juniper as a commercial crop, so much of it is wild grown. We source ours from Macedonia.
The annual harvest involves hitting the trees with a stick. The ripe berries fall off and the green ones stay on for the following season's harvest.
When distilled, juniper creates an almost medicinal aromatic and flavour base with fresh subtle notes of pine needles. The perfect canvas on which to build the rest of our botanicals.