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Gingin finally has a world-class gin bearing its name

Image of gin bottle

Award-winning Australian gin maker James Young has launched a new distillery in the West Australian town of Gingin, creating a new dram which bears its name.

Gingin Gin Batch 1, created at the former Riseborough Estate winery which will soon be expanded to include a tasting room, is now on sale at Dan Murphy’s stores in West Australia.

Young, who won Distillery of the Year titles in 2017 and 2018 at the Australian Distilled Spirit Awards, says he passed through Gingin since he was just four years old and the penny dropped that he should be making a gin there about a decade ago.

“Being locked down during Covid-19 forced my hand to finally get this project moving.”

The town where the distillery was born was said to be where pristine waters meet and Italian juniper, local lemons or oranges can all be found in the one destination. Young said his team experimented with flavours to ensure the perfect blend until they nailed it with the 24th recipe.

“The flavour of Gingin Gin is a modern classic, which Australia does so well. It’s east meets west, Mediterranean meets exotic. Deep juniper notes and a citrus finish with a bergamot and elderflower like nose. And while we have sourced the absolute best local ingredients for this gin from Gingin, we have also scoured the world for the very best ingredients: our classic ingredients include Tuscan juniper, Spanish coriander, and German angelica, while our exotics include liquorice from China, Ti Kwan Yin (Green Tea) from Sri Lanka, and almond from Egypt,” he explained.

US design agency Stranger and Stranger, New York and an Aussie designer created the gin bottle packaging, inspired by a corrugated iron tank and the label from newspapers, old stamps and landmarks of Gingin, featuring its famous water wheel.

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