We all know how much South Australians love a gin (or three), especially when that gin has come from a local boutique distiller. Of course, there’s always a few that stand out from the crowd, and it seems that Settlers Spirits have well established themselves as one of the most ambitious local gin brands, pioneering new frontiers and flavouring the time-old spirit with a uniquely Australian twist.
There’s a romantic analogy to be made between Settler’s helmsman Rowland Short’s explorative passion for the ocean and its produce, and that of famed maritime explorer, seafarer, and the man who literally and figuratively put Australia on the map, Captain James Cook.
As navigator, surveyor and astronomer Cook mapped the new world with naturalist, Sir Joseph Banks. Their discovery of botanicals, flora, spices and herbals from faraway lands gave way to a passion for Terra Australis.
In similar fashion, Rowland, bearing the worldly charm of a seasoned sailor, has navigated the Earth’s oceans aboard his self-made yacht, collecting specimens of exotic and native botanicals to marry seamlessly with his other great passion: gin. Botanicals, he says, “are the natural world’s language of joy and splendour; arousing human senses of smell, taste, sight and sound.”
Settler’s Gin combines botany and the traditions of maritime exploration to produce the Free State’s grape-spirit based gin collection. Expect the soft mouthfeel of grape-spirit, delicate flavours of rose petals and raspberries, the warmth of fig, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, or the citrus circus that is Settler’s Yuzu gin, made from the Japanese citrus fruit. We highly recommend the G & Tea Breakfast Gin; infused with Earl Grey, native bush honey and Mediterranean citrus.
With respect and understanding of provenance, aroma and flavour, Rowland also individually steams each botanical to produce a distinctly brighter, crisper and more defined palate profile.
You can not only sample this delectable range at the Cellar Door Festival, but Settlers Spirits are holding a special competition to give patrons a chance to win half a year’s worth of gin (six bottles).
Just make sure you stop by the Settlers Spirits stall at the Cellar Door Festival to take part in the Insta Competition. All you have to do is: don the Captains hat, snap a pic in the Settlers Spirit boat, follow Settlers Sprits on Instagram and Facebook and tag them on your socials using: @settlers_spirits, #settlersspirits and #settlersgin.