Ink Gin :43%ABV
Botanicals: juniper, clitoria ternatea (butterfly pea), lemon myrtle, valencia orange peel, lemon peel, bois bande, angelica root, elderflower, cinnamon, pepperberry, cardamom and licorice root
Flavour profile: citrus, floral, spice
Garnish: lemon or finger limes
Ink Gin is made in a hand-beaten copper pot where the botanicals are combined with 100% Australian grain sprit and water from the local caldera. All very cool; but what does it taste like?
On the nose there is juniper, coriander, pine, and citrus followed by a heavy dose of sweet orange.
Neat, and this is an excellent gin to have on the rocks, sweet orange is more subtle and with the archetypal Australian lemon myrtle, berry and spicy notes more to the fore.
We loved adding tonic to see the colour change, so much so that we tried it several times…or was that because of the taste? We thought that Fever Tree swamped the subtle taste rather too much, but then we often think that. A more delicate tonic is required, then the full taste range is evident.
We made a very mean martini and think this is a gin that is begging to be experimented with by a cocktail guru.
Ink gin is as distinctive in flavour as it is in colour. The change in colour is novel and gets the drink noticed but this gin would stand on its own and is a great addition to the flowering and innovative gin scene in Australia.