Gin bottle with white and gold 78° label beside a small jar of bright flowers

Tasting Gin | 78° Gin

New here? Join our email list and receive The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Martinis. for free. Sasha La Forgia started Adelaide Hills Distillery in 2014, but he confessed to me recently that he may have done a bit of backyard stilling when he was a teenager. I’m confident to guess that his spirits have come […] Read more…

Tall black gin bottle with a silver nameplate beside a small vase with bright flowers

Tasting Gin | Rogue Society

Though I’ve always been very mindful of supporting Australian gins, I’ll admit I have been a little remiss in not featuring our antipodean cousins when New Zealand make some many fine gins. Distilling in Auckland since 2014, Rogue Society is noticeable in the market for its strong brand voice and aesthetic. From the moment it […] Read more…

Clear gin bottle next to a little vase of flowers in a white background

Tasting Gin | Royal Exhibition Gin

This is definitely the most self-indulgent gin review I’ve ever written, you can’t taste this gin, there will never be another bottle of this gin. I distilled this gin myself with William McHenry from McHenry Distillery. I was at the Australian Drinks Festival at the Royal Exhibition Hall (hence the name) in Melbourne last year, […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Melbourne Gin Company

Melbourne Gin Company (MGC) launched in the very early days of the Australian gin renaissance, getting started in 2012, same year as The Ginstress! So this review feels particularly overdue. Don’t worry, I have been drinking and enjoying it all along, but just now getting to the review. We always seem to have an MGC […] Read more…

Juniper and spices for making gin

Making Gin | What is gin?

So, what is gin? The simple version; gin is a white spirit flavoured with juniper and whatever else you like. Some people, not my people, but some people, say that gin is just flavoured vodka. Let’s get back to that once I’ve explained this whole gin thing. Ethanol, neutral spirit or white spirit can be […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | Stone Pine Orange Blossom Gin

Longtime readers will know my soft spot for Stone Pine Gin. It was the first boutique Australian gin I discovered so it would be in my affection anyway, but I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting the distiller Ian Glen who is entirely delightful which confirms my affection in perpetuity. This past summer they released […] Read more…

Tasting Gin | The Antipodean Gin Company

I’ve always loved the word antipodean, antipodes, it’s such an exotic word for us down in the every unexotic Southern Hemisphere. It’s the word for Australia adopted by The Antipodes Gin Company; Australia’s first certified organic and carbon neutral gin. PROCESS The scant details on their website states simply that the gin is triple distilled […] Read more…

A Ginstress update

Well hello there fellow gin lovers! I haven’t done a post like this before, but things have been awful quiet around the old ginstress dot com of late so I wanted to give you all a little update on what’s happening with me and the blog. The last few months have been hec-tic. I went […] Read more…

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