The West Winds Gins are distilled in our 600 litre copper pot still, "Pugwash". The selection of the copper still is not just to make it look impressive, but the copper actually contributes to the smoothness of the spirits by removing impurities.
We start the process of making our gins by macerating the chosen botanicals in the highest quality Australian wheat-based alcohol. The purity of this alcohol base means that our gin distillate only incorporates the flavours we want. Note that there is no gluten in the wheat-based neutral alcohol that we use.
Each distillation takes a number of hours, not including the 24 hours that we allow the raw ingredients to macerate before distilling. We then retain only the heart of the distillation, disposing of the heads (the first distillate to emerge) and the tails (the last part of the distillation) in order to retain only the best flavours in our gins.
Unfortunately at the moment we do not have a cellar door at the distillery and we don't conduct tours.