We distill our distinct small-batch handmade gin using Huon Valley apples to form our uniquely crafted Eau de vie. 17 botanicals, both contemporary Tasmanian and traditional are added including Sweet-scented Kunzea, hand-harvested Kombu, Tasmanian Pepper Berries, and Leatherwood Honey, Juniper, Coriander, Orris, Angelica, and Blood Orange. The water that we use comes from a lake of snowmelt at Mount Field National Park that feeds directly down to our distillery.
Taylor and Smith Gin is evenly balanced, complex and aromatic making for a lovely Dry Martini or Gin & Tonic with cucumber.
Additional serving suggestion:
Pomegranate and Strawberry Collins
2 tsp pomegranate jewels
60 ml lemon juice
20 ml sugar syrup (vanilla if possible)
45 ml Taylor & Smith Gin
Soda to top
Muddle 1 tsp of pomegranate jewels and the strawberries in a Boston glass or tin. Add lemon juice, sugar syrup, and gin. Shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass with ice. Top with soda and drop the second tsp of pomegranate jewels into the glass. Garnish with a strawberry fan.
Taylor & Smith is an independent artisan distillery in Hobart owned and run by Natalie and Ben. We experiment with Tasmanian botanicals and carefully craft our base spirits to synthesise the Tasmanian landscape and write out the stories of place.
The scale of the season is compressed in Tasmania so you get an intensity of flavour in our botanicals. The air is phenomenal and the water that feeds directly to the distillery comes from a lake of snow melt at Mount Field National Park.
When we first started making spirits we'd take around little jam jars of gin and leave them on our neighbours doorstep. People would turn up on a Friday night home from work and find a jar of gin. In reciprocation they would turn up at our place with lemons, quinces, cumquats or other botanicals they were hoping would feed back into the gin. Along with experimentation, another defining characteristic of our process is our focus on the handmade. We don't have any automated systems. It's come from the heart. We love to bring people together through our spirits, and small things that are beautiful in the right place can enhance a moment.