From Western Australia, made in Swan Valley the folks at Old Young’s Distillery seek to put a little bit a little bit of their local and cultural heritage in the work they do. My buddy David Smith again shared with me this sample of their Six Seasons Gin which is based on the Aboriginal people’s calendar. and it includes six native botanicals to embody that spirit. The gist of these non-European based seasonal calendars is that each season carries with it a bit more knowledge about the land and the weather conditions. For example, the people of the Southwest Coast had a season known as Bunuru, which was characterized by hot, dry winds, and as a great time for catching fish and collecting wattle.
All Gins from Australia
From the line of gins which has brought you the evocative names The Sabres (40% ABV), The Cutlass (50% ABV), the West Winds kicks it up a notch with the sea-themed (in more than just name) The Broadside. Named for the Naval maneuver, the gin takes liberally from its namesake, and comes out all guns blazing at once. Bottled at 58% ABV [It’s Navy Strength] it draws botanically from the shorts of Australia where Sea Parsley grows and from the sea itself. Salt is among the ingredients.
Firstly, a special thanks to my friend Katie who picked me up this bottle during her recent trip to Australia! Thank you!
Botanic Australis in <100 Words
The name itself tells you what you need to know: this gin is a tribute to the flora of Australia.