1 May - By Sean Menezes
Have you ever tasted the individual botanicals that make up gin?
The Bespoke Gin Blending event conducted at The Glasshouse tasting bar in Town Square on Sunday April 30 gave participants the opportunity to do so. Jon Lark from Kangaroo Islands Spirits hosted the event, sharing his 11-year journey as a gin distiller by detailing his production process and explaining how different botanicals play a crucial role in how the final drink tastes.
Participants were allowed to play around with gin’s core botanicals – juniper, coriander and angelica root – and get creative by also adding cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, lemon or quandong.
Jon outlined portions of the various botanicals used in gin blending, then participants eagerly tried various permutations and combinations. Everyone was asked to prepare a 250ml beaker of their gin, then Jon bottled 200ml of this mixture for participants to take home.
“I drink gin almost every other day and this was an opportunity to blend a gin to my liking, and taste the different botanicals by themselves,” said workshop participant Collin Sparrow. “I loved the cinnamon flavour and ended up using it as the minor botanical in my gin.”
This is the fifth year that Kangaroo Island Spirits has been a part of Tasting Australia, and Jon believes that during this time the market for gin in Australia has grown significantly, with more people beginning to appreciate its taste and style. “We make five different gins at our distillery and are now looking to export our gin overseas,” said Jon. “Demand for Australian gin is on the rise.”
The next session of this fun event will take place at The Glasshouse tasting bar in Town Square from 2pm on Thursday, May 4. For further details and bookings, visit the Tasting Australia website.