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Gin Reviews

Botanic Australis Gin

Botanic Australis Gin, Mt. Uncle Distillery, Australia

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.

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Gin Reviews

Long Table Cucumber Dry Gin

Canada - Long Table Cucumber Gin

Long Table’s cucumber gin sources local vegetables, even rounding out the botanical mixture with two peppers in addition to their BC cucumbers. It shares the same high quality base spirit and attention to detail that their other spirits do; however, it differentiates itself with its bright, and decidedly cucumber-forward approach.

Impressions

Bright, crisp cucumber on the nose. Clearly vegetal with melon/honeydew undertones. There’s a hint of acidic lemon, green juniper and coriander as well.

Where I think it rises above the pre-conceived notions of cucumber flavored gin, or perhaps even the expectations set by some of the ways that cucumber has been used as a botanical as of late, is when it hits the palate. Crisp English cucumber hits at first, but the mid-palate is rife with many traditional juniper touches. Plenty of baking spice, earthy depth, a peak of coriander, and a green— but evolving into a more herbaceous/pine-like juniper note. The coriander spice takes over on the finish but is backed by waves of vanilla cream, honeydew and bell pepper. The finish is crisp and quite long, with more surprises in store. Spicy fresh cracked coriander gives way to some gentle vegetal complexity.

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