Nose: Strong herbal presence, gingerbread and citrus punch through with pine notes of juniper that sit the background. Incredible and powerful aromatic presence in the glass even at 40% abv. The juniper, pine and berry aromas start to shine through with a sneaky background tone of malt biscuit, lemon and the native Australian bush.
Taste: Clean with a huge aromatic lift and a complex pallet. A juniper punch. Incredible herbal top notes, citrus middle and aromatic floralness for length and finish. A gentle warmth helps carry the complexity of the gin, finishing softly and slightly dry, with a wonderful, final hit of strawberry gum.
Taylor & Smith Gin is perfect in a G&T, as well as most gin cocktails. Or even sip it straight, slightly chilled over ice!
Taylor and Smith Distillery is made up of Natalie Smith and Ben Taylor, based in Moonah, a suburb of greater Hobart. What inspires them to make great spirits is sharing the essence of something?it?s finding the essence of a place or the essence of a wonderful botanical or a product someone's produced like delicious honey. As a painter (Ben) and a writer (Natalie), they have learnt to distil the essence of things and now taking seeds, leaves, fruits and nuts and distil them into the very essence of place itself.
The air in Tasmania is just phenomenal and the water that they use in the distillery comes from Mount Field, a national park not too far from them. It is so clear and it's a lake of snowmelt and that feeds directly down to there distillery. The spirit and the botanicals are distilled together in a 400-litre copper pot still, Essie, handmade by Ben. This gives the gin a really soft sensation when drinking and makes for a delicious G&T or cocktail.
Taylor and Smith's design and packaging draw on these unique qualities, and reflect their heritage?the names Taylor and Smith?are very much based on ideas or processes that are handmade. You can take a lot of pride in things when you do them yourself.