STONE Pine Distillery has released a new drop to mark its milestone of 10 years in Bathurst.
Owner and distiller Ian Glen has created an anniversary gin featuring a botanical for each year of business.
Mr Glen and his wife Bev moved to Australia in 2006, complete with children and dog, with the aim of setting up a micro-distillery using the knowledge from their Scottish brewing roots.
Mr Glen, who is a biochemist and holds a post-graduate diploma in brewing and distilling, uses premium quality raw materials and keeps processing to a minimum.
Rainwater is also used in the distilling process and other efforts are made to reduce the environmental impact, such as using solar power.
An emphasis on sourcing local ingredients where possible has always been a focus and has been reflected in Mr Glen’s previous releases under the brand.
Seeking to add an Australian nuance to the London dry style, Mr Glen’s celebratory gin, aptly named Decade Dry Gin, will feature four native botanicals alongside the juniper forward flavour.
Another product coinciding with the release of the anniversary gin is a first look at brandy liqueur production at Stone Pine.
Cool climate 2011 vintage cabernet sauvignon wine from the Bathurst region was sourced for this limited release.
The wine was pot distilled before being aged for six years in a French oak barrique to produce a ruby-red liqueur with a nice oak complexity and warming finish.
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Ten years is no small feat, particularly for Stone Pine Distillery, which was one of the first regional distilleries in Australia.
Mr Glen attributes much of the success to the small bar movement and craft spirit’s growth, which follows craft beer’s rapid rise.
Both the Decade Dry Gin and the brandy liqueur are available on the Stone Pine Distillery website, from local bottleshops and national distributor Nip Of Courage.