A complex and layered gin from Cape Byron Distillery in conjunction with legendary Scotch Whisky distillery Jim McEwan.
Located in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Cape Byron Distillery’s flagship gin uses 26 botanicals, 18 of which are native.
A former rep for a prominent booze distributor in Australia, Eddie Brook met Jim McEwan when the latter was on a whirlwind tour for the Bruichladdich distillery, to which his name will forever be tied (after ‘retiring’, McEwan is now working with new Islay distillery Ardnahoe).
Brook’s family have been involved in the regeneration of nearby rainforest land for the past two decades and the possibility of foraging local botanicals for a gin stoked McEwan’s passion.
Distilled using a Tasmanian-built still from Peter Bailey, botanicals include local finger limes, blood lime, macadamia, lilly pilly, raspberries, Dorrigo pepper leaf, ginger amongst other, more traditional botanicals.
The gin starts off citrus-driven, before the floral and herbal notes appear on the palate and round out with a quite intense spiciness. It’s creamy and oily and work brilliantly in a tried-and-tested gin and tonic (and other things).
- New South Wales