Cape Byron Distillery, makers of Premium Australian gin brand ‘Brookie’s Gin’, have debuted their famed Dry and Slow gin offerings in the UK. The distillery is located within the spectacular confines of the Byron Bay region of New South Wales in Australia and is surrounded by a lush sub-tropical rainforest – a natural pantry for the ingredients of their products. The Brook family owners have personally invested great time and effort into regenerating this local rainforest over the course of the last 30 years. Sustainability, giving back to the community, and regeneration are the core principles that underlie the ethos of the distillery and their products.
The flavour notes that underpin Brookie’s Gin and make it a uniquely ‘natural’ gin are derived from ingredients and botanicals that are natively sourced from the harvest of the rainforest. Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin showcases these remarkable native ingredients and is a culminative collaboration between legendary master distiller Jim McEwan and co-founder Eddie Brook. Of the 25 botanicals that go into the making of the Dry Gin, 17 are native to the Byron Bay Region. These botanicals include Byron Sunrise Finger Limes, Aniseed Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle, Macadamia, Native River Mint, Native Raspberry and several others.
Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin draws its influence from the traditional English ‘sloe’ gin style, substituting sloe berries for a unique and unique rainforest fruit, the Davidson Plum. The Davidson Plums are steeped in Brookie’s Dry Gin and macerated over 6 months. They are further blended with Mount Warning Spring water and bottled at 26% ABV. Co-founder Eddie Brook provides an insightful analysis on the flavour notes of this gin - “Expect an exhilarating taste of rose, watermelon contrasted with a distinct sourness of cherry, plum and a medium dry finish” Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin and Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin have both met with critical acclaim and have won several awards over the last few years. Among many other awards, the Byron Bay Distillery beat over 2000 entries and bagged gold for both its gins at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition in 2017 and 2018 showcasing the remarkable quality and distinctive yet intricate taste of its gins.
Both products are available at 70cl for purchase at select retailers - Hedonism, Flavourly, Master of Malt & Whisky Exchange.