Do you find yourself going back to the feeling when you tasted gin for the first time? Does it make you want to have gin — right here, right now? If so, you have arrived at the right place. We will talk about Australian gin, its composition, and some gin distilleries of Australia.
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In Australia, gin has made it to the trends. New distilleries are starting to emerge in various parts of the country. Australia has kicked in on an international level and has won awards in the most prestigious competitions worldwide. According to the bartenders, gin is among the popular drinks and dominates most of the cocktails on the menu.
You can create some ever-lasting flavours of world-class cocktails with good gin knowledge. This blog is here to tell you more about Australian gin. Are you ready? Then, read on!
How Is Gin Made?
It is indeed a complex process to produce distilled gin. It is best done by professionals. You may read hundreds of articles on gin. But not every one of them will disclose the gin-making process thoroughly.
Gin is a neutral grain spirit. It consists of corn, barley, rye or wheat, and botanical ingredients, including juniper. Each distiller follows a unique distillation process and adds the botanicals differently. They add seeds, herbs, and citrus peels. Once the gin is prepared for the first round, it is soaked before distilling again.
Some distilleries use a gin basket rather than a still. It consists of botanicals and hot alcohol vapours. Later, the gin is recondensed, and the flavour comes along the way.
You can make compound gin at home. This does not require a still. Alternatively, you can grab a homemade gin kit online that comes considerably cheap and make gin in the easiest way possible.
Compound gins are juniper-flavoured spirits. They do not involve the re-distillation of botanicals. These gins are produced in mass and are also cheap. Other high-quality gins of Australia are made using relatively more complex re-distillation processes.
Methods of Gin Distillation
Various distillation methods are used to purify the ethanol and infuse the botanical ingredients. Here are the primary three methods of distillation.
- Steeping: The distiller infuses the ethanol with the botanicals and the botanicals steep in the gin.
- Vapour Infusion: The Carter-head still is used to heat the spirit, and ethanol vapours rise out of the botanical basket.
- Vacuum Distillation: This process involves a low-pressure vacuum and is also known as cold distillation.
Most Common Gin Types
Here are the four common types of gin preferred worldwide.
- London Dry: First formulated in England, London Dry is the most popular type of gin found in the menu of gin and tonic combinations across the world.
- Plymouth: Made in the oldest distillery in the United Kingdom, Plymouth is a style of gin popular from the early 20th Century. It was a time when gins were the most popular spirits in the market.
- Old Tom Gin: Popular as the Tom Collins Cocktail, Old Tom Gin is a sweeter version that is a combination of syrup or licorice.
- Genever: The most original type of gin, Genever takes us back to 16th-century Holland. The grains are malted like in the process of making whiskey to make this gin which brings out its strong flavour.
Gin Distilleries in Australia
Although gin had lost its popularity after WWII, it is once again prevalent in the liquor market. And it cannot be more popular than it is now in Australia. The country barely had ten distilleries in 2014. In contrast, it currently has more than a hundred with more in line to open up.
Gin is getting more and more successful in the country due to distilleries’ inventions and creations and the massive supply of bush tucker ingredients across the continent.
Now that you’ve learnt about Australian gin, you must already know that it depends more on the flavours and aromas. Australia has ripe ground for some of the best gins in the world. Flavours like lemon myrtle, finger lime, sage, pepper berry, sea parsley, etc., are some of the most popular gin flavours you’d come across.
Before you hop into getting a gin and tonic drink for yourself next time you’re at the bar, try a gin cocktail from the menu. You’d love it besides the regular drink that you order. Also, gin has so many popular varieties that it would not be fair to stick to one option only.