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Johnnie Walker is releasing a range of limited edition,
experimental whiskies: Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch.
The first release in the series, Red Rye Finish, is the
result of experiments into the influence of Bourbon
and rye whiskey flavours on Scotch, inspired by the
time master blender Dr Jim Beveridge spent blending
Bourbons and ryes in Kentucky in the 1990s. Available
in limited quantities Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch
Red Rye Finish includes whisky from now-closed Port
Dundas and has been created using an incredibly small
number of malt and grain whiskies, exclusively drawn
from first fill ex-Bourbon casks. Following this, the
whisky is finished up to six months in ex-rye casks for
a perfect balance of intense sweetness, layered fresh
fruit and spice.
ARTEMIS DISTILLED AUSTRALIAN GIN
A new Australian gin is on the market after Artemis Gin reached 90 per
cent of its Pozible campaign goal within five days. The team behind
Artemis Distilled Australian Gin had set a target of $17,000 for the
launch of its classic dry gin that is inspired by history, cocktails and the
Artemis is created by Dervilla McGowan and Sebastian Reaburn at the
Craft & Co in Collingwood, Melbourne. McGowan is a scientist, Reaburn is a
bartender turned distiller, and Artemis is the first craft gin to be distilled in
the City of Melbourne.
According to the team, they bring complementary ways of thinking
to crafting their gin and their namesake botanical Artemisia is matched
to classic and native Australian botanicals. The spirit is described as a
“juniper dominant, dry gin with our namesake botanical Artemisia filling
out the middle palate, and native eucalyptus to boost the juniper”.
“There’s plenty of sweet spice with nutmeg and cassia, then savoury
notes from grains of paradise and Thai red ginger. The clean finish is
juniper and bright citrus from native finger limes and coriander. Artemis
is bottled stronger than usual at 44 per cent alcohol to give the juniper a
little extra punch.”
The duo distil the gin using a traditional one shot method, with all the
botanicals macerated then distilled in tiny batches – each batch takes a
few days of maceration and two days to distil.
“You can’t rush our gin, the traditional batch method takes time,
and every step is done by our hands,” McGowan and Reaburn said in a
statement. “Artemisia is also the dominant flavour in vermouth and that
makes our gin the perfect drop for a classic Martini or G&T.”
ARCHIE ROSE DISTILLER’S STRENGTH LAUNCHES
Archie Rose Distilling Co. has released a new gin: the Archie Rose Distiller’s Strength
Gin, designed for drinkers who enjoy “bigger, bolder flavours”.
Archie Rose Distiller’s Strength features fifteen individually distilled botanicals,
including fresh pears, rose petals, elderflower, a pronounced juniper hit, and honey
direct from Archie Rose’s rooftop beehives.
Created from the desire to have a gin that directly reflected the tastes of the Archie
Rose team, the gin was distilled to reflect their preferences, rather than to pay homage
to the tradition of Navy Strength gin. According to Harriet Leigh, venue manager at
Archie Rose, the resulting gin is one that she herself loves to knock off with.
“Distiller’s Strength is the kind of gin I want to unwind with. Made by our distillers
for people who like serious gins, it was created for mixing,” she says. “We’re immensely
proud of its forthright character in the greatest of all spirit and mixers – the G&T; as
well as assertive nature in a Martini; and quite possibly the greatest illicit ménage-a-
trois addition to the marriage of Campari and sweet vermouth in
The team has apparently put a lot of research into using the
gin in cocktails and Leigh has plenty of suggestions for using it –
and she assured us that it’s not just because it is her job to make it
“It’s as tough as the last shift at the end of an 80 hour week,
but as gentle as the massage I need after,” she
says. “It’s honestly my favourite gin to play
with, and that’s not because they’re
paying me to say that. I love this
gin. Try it in a Last Word, a South
Side, a Collins or a Bee’s Knees.
With each incarnation this gin
transforms. Don’t believe me. Play
with it yourself.”
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