Welcome to the Still Magic Podcast, your one-click audio stop for all things gin be it gin making, gin production, gin distilling, gin manufacturing, gin commercialising, gin tasting, gin drinking, gin steeping and everything else in between.
Today one of the Still Magic podcast's regular contributors -- affectionately known as the Antipodean Harpie - will join me as we check out two outstanding Australian gins
Both are from the same state of Victoria, Australia, separated by about 100 kilometres as a crow would fly.
Each producer has taken two distinctly different journeys to reach where they are today and share an interesting piece of common ground.
One as a fine chef and successful restaurateur, the other following years of experience and proven success in the wine industry.
Neither producer though, started out as a gin distiller. This is a classic case of different people reaching a junction point and taking a career path in a whole different direction.
First up, we explore what makes a great gin, by considering Remedy Australian gin from Reed and Co Distillery, Bright, Victoria; the gateway to the Alpine region
This is a product creation from partners in the game of life - Hamish Nugent and Rachel Reed, born of curiosity and determination to create a truly local taste.
Reed and Co have crafted something they love; that captures the qualities of Bright to experience and share with friends.
Remedy is as much about the spirit of the landscape for which it is derived, as it is the experience of the finished spirit itself.
Next up, from Four Pillars, the powerhouse of Australian craft gin, located at Healesville, we put their signature Rare Dry Gin through its paces
Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin is crafted to deliver the best of all worlds, a classic gin, but also something to intrigue and delight even the most hardened gin fanatic. That sounds like people on the Still Magic podcast.
Be it neat, with tonic, in a martini or in a Southside, this episode showcases the outstanding quality of the gins, their ability to shine in different settings, which reflects the care and attention that goes into every serving.
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Guest contributor: @antipodeanharpie
Hosted by award winning gin distiller and educator Marcel Thompson, the Still Magic podcast provides insights concerning gin making, gin producing, gin distilling, gin manufacturing, gin commercialising, gin tasting, gin drinking gin steeping and everything else in between.
Each podcast episode brings gin's centuries-long history to life in a contemporary setting, season by season. This includes assessing an array of different gins in efforts to determine what makes a great gin.
Local and international distillers share their insights as well. You'll receive a rare glimpse into the energy, passion, and desire that manifests itself as wonderful products people enjoy worldwide.
Collective experiences from episode guests will show that the following principles are as applicable to a gin making journey as any other new, exciting, or challenging endeavour
- Simplicity is best;
- Less is more;
- Inexperience is no barrier to success.
Be bold. Enjoy yourselves. Let's create the next gin narrative...