Forty Spotted Rare Tasmanian Gin
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A bottle of Forty Spotted Rare Tasmanian Gin, produced at Lark Distillery and named after Tasmania’s rarest bird, the Forty Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus).
Forty Spotted Rare Tasmanian Gin is hand-distilled in an 80 litre copper pot still where each botanical is steeped individually in neutral cane spirit with a little of Lark’s own grain spirit.
Traditional botanicals of juniper berry, coriander and lemon peel are used along with the rare Tasmanian pepperberry, also known as Tasmania Aromatica, a fragrant berry which gives the gin its characteristic spice. The full botanical composition of the gin remains a secret, with some 10 botanicals being used.
The reason for steeping each botanical separately is that pepperberries are harvested wild and have a natural variation in pepperiness and oils, Chris Thomson, Head Distiller at Lark Distillery told Gourmantic. The higher the altitude, the more peppery character, and by doing each distillation separately, the best cut from each one can be obtained to ensure consistency and quality. The gin lends itself to being sipped neat and performs well in a Martini.
- Tasting Notes
Nose: Clear and elegant on the nose with gentle aromas of pepper, spice and citrus along with soft juniper notes.
Palate: Fresh and vibrant with a harmony of pepper and citrus and an undertone of juniper.
Finish: Long and warming from the spice character.