Spirited times ahead for gin
Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian. Olga de Moeller - The West Australian on September 1, 2016, 11:04 am Think gin. It’s the spirit of the times as consumption gains on vodka in Australia. “We’re looking at a 36 per cent increase in t..
Demand for premium spirits helps industry
By Megan Neil, The Australian. 17 August 2016 Australia boasts a booming sector of small boutique distilleries producing their own spirits from start to finish. The recent success of new Australian-made spirits is expected to prompt an increasing number of producers to start manufac..
By Michael Cheang, www.star2.com. August 17 2016 Do you love gin? Do you love that lovely smell of juniper and botanicals in the air whenever you open a nice bottle of the spirit? Do you love nothing more than a perfectly balanced glass of gin and tonic? Well, rejoice Malaysian gi..
The Rise of The Independents
By Giles Gough, IWSR Market Analyst. drinks trade In one form or another, spirits have been distilled in Australia for hundreds of years. Established distilleries, like Bundaberg for example, date back to the late 1800s. Over the years, many other local distilleries have e..
Australian Gin: The Ultimate Guide
by Matt, YellowBlogotopus. July 15 2016 Are you a gin lover wanting to know more about Australian Gin? Everyone loves supporting local producers wherever possible, but with new distilleries popping up all the time, it’s hard to stay on top of what’s out there. ..
By Rachel Arthur. Beverage Daily. 01-Jun-2016 Global craft spirit launches increased by 265% between 2011 and 2015, according to a report from Mintel. The largest chunk of these launches was in the US, closely followed by Europe. Please see full article using the link below..
This is why gin and tonic tastes so damn good
Ellen Scott, Metro News. Saturday 28 May 2016 11:45am Ahhh. The first sip of a G&T after a hard day. It’s right up there on the list of most satisfying, refreshing feelings in the world. Because gin is wonderful. That much we know. And tonic water is, erm, well, a ..
Australian Distillers Association Inc. 4 April 2016 Australian distilleries have covered themselves in medals and glory at one of the world’s most prestigious spirits competition awards announced last week. A remarkable four double gold medals, six golds, nine ..
West Winds wins Ultimate Spirits Challenge Trophy by Stefanie Collins on April 14, 2016 in Drinks, News West Winds gin, The Cutlass, has been named has taken out the Chairman’s Trophy for best gin at the New York Ultimate Spirits Challenge. With a score of 97 out of 100 The..
23 Gins Every Gin Drinker Will Love
Gin o’clock. Emma Cooke BuzzFeed. posted on Feb. 29, 2016, at 9:56 p.m. 19. West Winds The Cutlass “A new world gin out of Australia, these guys pushed the boundaries of what we know as gin by making a punchy, umami-orientated, 50% gin with Aust..
By LAUREN INGRAM FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA. Published 21 February 2016 Gin consumption in Australia has grown almost 50 per cent since 2009 Boutique distilleries are popping up all over the country FEMAIL interviews two of the women behind Tasmania's Poltergeist Gin Madeleine Mackey is trainin..
Must Have Australian White Spirits
bars&clubs magazine, February edition THE WEST WINDS GIN THE CUTLASS The Cutlass was made to showcase the distillers’ rebellious streak. Something made without thought to alcohol and alcohol by volume. New world and interesting, The Cutlass is what they call a new-age ..
Bloody Oath it’s West Winds Gin
By Simon, BarLife UK, posted December 2015 Earlier this year a storm swept through the UK and Europe, it left destruction and sore heads wherever it went. The storm originated in Australia (although the wind apparently came from the west….) and in its eye stood Jeremy ..
The West Winds Gin launch "The Captain's Cut"
Cove Magazine, December 2015 Edition Chef's Choice - The Captain's Cut Hailing from Margaret River and using the pristine rain water gathered there, The West Winds Gin has blazed a path across the world for Australian gin. Their latest edition, The Captain's Cut, aims to take charge with..
Milk Bar Mag Goes to Juinperlooza
Posted by Jessica Morris, Milk Bar. 02. Dec, 2015 If you’re at all like me and cocked your head when you heard that Melbourne’s first ever gin festival was named ‘Juniperlooza’, I’ve got a fun fact to start your reading with; without jun..
Gold in New York!
Home of The Ramones and The Statue of Liberty, setting for some of the world's great movies - think Taxi Driver, Donnie Brasco, Brewsters Millions, Ghostbuste..
The West Winds Gin changes distributors
By Stefanie Collins, editor bars&clubs. Published on Sun, 11/10/2015, 11:25:11 The Tailor Made Spirits Company has signed a contract with Déjà Vu Wine Co which will see the wine distribution company exclusively distribute The West Winds Gin o..
Gin: West Winds, Four Pillars, Poor Toms, Applewood and other local distillers raise the bar
THE AUSTRALIAN AUGUST 15, 2015 12:00AM Max Allen Wine Columnist Melbourne Jeremy Spencer from West Winds: ‘When we started out, nobody wanted to know about Australian gin.’ Picture: Aaron Francis Source: News Corp Australia Craft gin distiller Cameron..
THE BROADSIDE NAVY STRENGTH GIN
JUNE 30, 2015 The first West Winds Gin I tried was the Sabre immediately followed by the Cutlass, a 50% ABV gin made using Australian botanicals that include bush tomato and lemon myrtle. It became my favourite Australian gin for some time. In 2014, The West Winds Gin released “Th..
The West Winds Gin (in Slovak)
Executive Style (Extract) Stephen Lacey Jun 12 2015 at 1:08 PM There's a fairly solid lineage of seafaring types in the family of Jeremy Spencer, the co-founder of The West Winds Gin. His father was a merchant seaman and Spencer himself spent a childhood messing abou..
The West Winds Gin launch The Broadside 2.0
The West Winds Gin launch The Broadside We'd like to blame someone in the marketing department for the awkward label created last year for the launch of our Navy Strength Gin, The Broadside. Sadly, we don't actually have a..
Aussie gin blind tasting
Australian Bartender, May 12th, 2015 Australian Bartender recently held their first blind tasting of Australan Gins at The Powder Keg in Sydney.On hand were Sam Egerton from Palmer &Co, Dominique Easter from The Hazy Rose, and Taka Shino and Antonio Zigman from The Powder Keg. Cong..
WA distillers in good spirits
The last thing you think of for "Brand WA" is world-beating, hip, boutique gins and whiskeys. And yet, WA is leading an Australian charge with a raft of new distillers making their mark in the world's cocktail bars. Margaret River's West Winds Gin leads the pack, going from zero to her..
Summon The Spirits
A great little article from the April 2015 Wine Business Magazine talking about The Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. ..
Cocktails with… Westwinds Cutlass and Sabre Gins
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Interview with Gin Palace owner Vernon Chalker about the Australian Distilled Spirits Award
Gin Palace (@GinPalaceMelb (https://twitter.com/ginpalacemelb?refsrc=email&s=11)) 26/03/2015 6:02 pm (https://twitter.com/ginpalacemelb/status/580988246781341696?refsrc=email&s=11) Listen to an interview with our owner Vernon Chalker about the Australi..
The West Winds Gin has added another prestigious title to its name, with itsThe Sabre concoction having recently been awarded the Champion Trophy for Gin at the inaugural Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA), which are conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (..
Margaret River gin brings home chest of gold
By Amy McKie March 10, 2015, 4:39 p.m. Three sheets to the Wind: Paul White and Jeremy Spencer are ready to take the next step in their Margaret River based business. DRINKING the ocean may not seem like the brightest of ideas to most, but for the Margaret River ba..
The West Winds Gin wins Champion Gin at the inaugural Australian Distilled Spirits Awards
Press release: More Gold than Beyonce. The West Winds Gin “The Sabre” has won Champion Gin at the inaugural Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV). The Champion Gin award and assoc..
WA distillers shine
WA distillers shine at Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2015 Distillers from Western Australia have scooped the pool at the inaugural Australian Distilled Spirits Awards on Thursday night, with three of the top seven awards going to producers from the west. The night's hot..
New categories have been introduced in the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) to find the world’s best Bloody Mary and best gin and tonic. The organisers have teamed up with two leading soft drinks brands for the two new awards, spiced tomato juice Big Tom and premiu..
The seemingly sudden popularity of locally-produced spirits is rocking Australia’s marketplace for alcoholic beverages. To wrap up our four-part series on the spirits of Australia, we discuss some of the challenges that the boutiques boom has presented, how they’ve been dealt ..
The business of promoting and distributing booze is changing as independent boutique producers make waves in the industry. In Part Three of Marketing’s Spirits of Australia series, we look into the strategies behind how some of these small producers have successfully got their products ..
The Spirits of Aus.2: behind the boutique brands that have gone from garden shed to national shelves
Australian craft spirits are taking advantage of their turn on the nation’s bar. Marketing talks to the players of the movement to find out the trend’s impact on the liquor industry and how the country’s tastes are changing. In Part 2, we profile some of the country&rsqu..
From single copper stills in the Yarra Valley, to houses of brands in Homebush, players in the Australian ‘craft’ spirits game are taking advantage of their turn on the nation’s bar. (And don’t forget the retailers.) Marketing talks to those involved to find out th..
WA gin takes international award
W estern Australian distillers are making names for themselves internationally with a Margaret River company taking a top award at this week’s world wine and spirits competition held in New York. The West Winds Gin (http://www.businessnews.com.au/Company/The-West-Winds-Gin#)..
Out & About – Bank Street Social Take Two
After visiting new local bar Bank Street Social (https://www.facebook.com/bankstsocial) on International Rum Day (https://cocktailchallenge.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/out-about-bank-street-social/) we were invited back to sample some more of the bars delicious Australian gin. We also vent..
The Foodies chat to Jeremy of The West Winds Gin
Did you know there is a Western Australian produced gin? Nope, neither did we! This is exciting stuff people! Based in wine region central in Margaret River where their seafaring ways have landed them, The West Winds Gin (#) was started up by a few mates (as the best things always are… th..
The newly appointed board of the Australian Distillers Association (ADA) has called for a tax break on spirits, which it calls “the world’s highest regime”. Stuart Gregor, founder of Four Pillars Distillery, is the ADA’s new president Following the resignati..
Only three days after officially launching via the Pozible crowdfunding platform, tonic syrup manufacturer, Blood Moon successfully exceeded its $10,000 target Only three days after officially launching via the Pozible crowdfunding platform, tonic syrup manufacturer, Blood Moon success..
The Best Gin You Can Buy
Gin & Tonics are a popular cocktail. Gin is a classic liquor that draws its flavour from juniper berries and an essential component in many cocktails. Our friends at FindTheBest (http://gin.findthebest.com/) helped us compile a list of the best gin on the market. To rank ..
The Nip - West Winds blow for new Gin
The Nip - West Winds blow for new Gin Long-time beer drinker Ross Lewis casts his eye over drinks from here and abroad. Catch up with other drinks on The Sip Archive (https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/lifestyle/food/a/21566029/the-sip-archive/) Gin is in. At least that’s..
An explosion of gin consumption has paved the way for a new wave of micro-distilleries impressing at world spirit shows Award-winning gin from Australian distiller Four Pillars. Photograph: Anson Smart It’s time to charge your glasses because 14 June is World Gin Day. And tho..
Fine new gin sails in from The West Winds
The West Winds have got a new gin out in time for World Gin Day tomorrow, June 14th. Called The Broadside, Jeremy Spencer and Jason Chan’s latest creation is a navy strength gin coming in at 58% ABV. They’ve created a gin that not only holds its high ABV well, but also has..
Small but spirited
The West Winds Gin, Tequila Tromba and 666 Vodka have teamed up to create a local distribution company known as Local Craft Spirits. Consumers worldwide are rapidly embracing spirits from craft distilleries, but especially so in Australia, helped along by the budding small bar scene. ..
Review: The West Winds Cutlass Gin
From a part of Australia not known for its subtlety comes a Gin that takes no prisoners. If it was anyone that broke open the export market for Australian Gin it was the team from The West Winds in Western Australia. Looking back not even three or fours years back, you’d be ..
Jez Spencer - West Winds Gin
Jez Spencer eats cocktails for breakfast. Alongside his muesli, blackberries and kale juice he ingests a Red Snapper: akin to a Bloody Mary, but with gin as its base. One would expect nothing less from the (self-appointed) rear admiral of the boutique, award-winning gin distillery tha..
The West Winds Gin
T he West Winds Gin (Sabre) was my first introduction to Aussie gin, not long after we arrived in 2011, which funnily enough, was the year of it’s creation! That same year both gins were entered into the The San Francisco Spirit Awards (https://www.sfspiritscomp.com/) wher..
WA’s The West Winds and the UK’s Hendrick’s Gin
The origins of one of the world’s favourite spirits can be traced back to medieval times, but nowadays, gin is a thoroughly modern tipple, at the heart of many cocktails. Gabi Mills explores two brilliant examples of the juniper-infused drop — WA’s The West Winds and the UK’s..
Gin: what’s got us hooked?
Rachael Healy looks at the history of the gin industry, from its beginnings in the eighteenth century to its recent popularity ‘Mothers’ ruin’, ‘rotgut’, ‘strip-me-naked’: not a list of dodgy nightclubs, but pseudonyms for gin, a spirit burdened with..
Making Australia's Gin with The West Winds
We sit down with Jeremy Spencer of The West Winds Gin to learn more about how their true blue gin is made and what gives it such an Australian character. - See more at: http://www.cocktailrevolution.com.au/articles/making-australias-gin-with-the-west-winds-/#sthash.V21bA93B.dpuf Gin tends..
The Autumn Winners
An outstanding 15 champion trophies and 223 medals have been awarded for the 2014 Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards (RMFFA) Autumn Program. The three new categories, Australian Distilled Spirits & Liqueurs, Pasta and Fresh Produce featuring Garlic proved to be popular new categorie..
A gin craze for the new age
West Winds Gin's Jeremy Spencer. Photo: James Boddington There was a time when finding a cabin boy sober enough to climb a mast was no mean feat. A pint of gin could be bought for a penny and every other property was the site of a bootleg distillery. The burgeoning British Empire was a..
Product innovation to lead to spirited growth
Alcoholic spirits are a potential growth area for liquor manufacturers, with exports expected to increase over the next five years. The domestic spirit manufacturing industry has always been small, with just over 60% of domestic demand satisfied by imports in 2013-14. Distillers have resp..
Although the sector is currently in its “infancy”, alcoholic spirits are predicted to be a potential growth area for liquor manufacturers as exports increase over the next five years, according to market research organisation IBISWorld. The domestic spirit manufacturing industry ..
A gin is a gin is a gin, right? Wrong! Gin is based on grape or grain alcohol and although most gins are based on the heavy use of juniper and use roughly the same base aromatics, usually citrus peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, angelica and cardamom, some use slightly more esote..
The joys of local gin
To my mind, there’s no more refreshing drink than a gin and tonic. The moment the weather warms up, a place in our fridge is permanently reserved for tonic water, and lime becomes one of the first items on the shopping list. But this year the routine’s changing slightly &n..
Don Kavanagh: Sky's the limit for gin
These modern spirits might take Granny by surprise, writes Don Kavanagh West Winds' gin is packed with 'botanical' flavour. I'll admit it - I've been drinking out of season. Normally when the days and nights are cold I tend to aim for darker beers and spirits and red wines but, for..
THE FALL AND RISE OF GIN
DRINK From its conception by a Dutch chemist in the 17th century, gin has had a chequered past. Originally intended as a medicine designed to treat stomach and kidney complaints, gin consumption in Britain rose steeply due to changes in the duty levies on imported alcohol following the acces..
Kindred spirits toast their good health
From left: James Sherry (Tequila Tromba), Dean Lucas (666 Vodka) and Jeremy Spencer (The West Winds Gin) toast their collective health. Photo: James Boddington One gin, one vodka and one tequila – it could be the beginning of a big night but it's also the potent concoction..
Introducing West Winds Gin
Gin, that most quintessentially English of drinks, is one which we laud ourselves as giving to the world. A drink that gave rise to an image of debauched drunkeness in the days of Hogarth, sophistication in the cocktail age and has been louche anywhere in-between. Incidentally, as with ..
36 Hours in Melbourne, Australia
Clockwise from top left: Chin Chin, the Astor Theater, Ponyfish Island, Northside Records, Hosier Lane, Go Go. More Photos » The fact that Melbourne, the capital of the Australian state of Victoria, regularly appears near the top of lists ranking the world’s most ..
The West Winds Gin
If you’re being sober look away right now. It’s the middle of the week and I’m off to go drink some booze at The Deck Bar (http://www.darwinfoodies.com/2011/08/dinner-at-the-deck-bar/) where Jeremy, co-founder of Aussie distillery The West Winds Gin (#), is enlightenin..
West Winds Gin: How to make a Cutlass Cocktail
It’s no secret we love Mission to Seafarers (http://www.missiontoseafarers.com.au/), that rollicking Spanish-style building down the end of Flinders Street. It’s also no secret we love gin. And cocktails. So we recently visited the Mission with Jez and Jason from The West Winds (#) g..
Wine | Time for a spirited debate on (gin) dates
World Gin Day took place on June?9th – in our part of the world a curious date to celebrate one of the summeriest of spirits. The day was as cold and wet as a sweet martini, but nothing a cheeky little negroni couldn’t fix. Best mix is Blue Imperial gin, Antica Formula, Campari (..
The West Winds Gin The Cutlass
The West Winds Gin The Cutlass Today is World Gin Day! I know, everyone has had it in their calendar for so long that it’s nearly been forgotten, but I’m here to remind you with a special weekend post. The gin of the day is the The West Winds Gin (#) The Cutlass. Thi..
WHAT: In the spirit of Wallis and Ed, we are hosting a very special night of exotic aromatics and botanicals showcasing locally made gin and tonic syrups against the colonies. When: 6.00 for 6.30pm until 8.30/9.00pm Monday 23 April Venue: Here, Wallis & Ed, 1 Bourke St, Melbou..
Men of gin: meet the West Winds crew
Two bartenders set sail for Western Australia and came back with an award winning all-Aussie gin Any bartender who aspires to make the spirits that make their drinks should chat to the dudes behind West Winds Gin (#). Two years ago, Jason Chan the once-owner of Seamstress and current pa..
West Winds launches The Dirty Harry gin
The West Winds Gin (#) will soon launch a new 44 per cent ABV limited edition magnum called The Dirty Harry. The new gin is based on the recipe for The Sabre but the ABV has been increased from 40 percent to 44 per cent and it is bottled in 1.5 litre magnums, hence the moniker, which is insp..
West Winds Gin – Made in Australia
Melbourne hospitality stalwarts Jason Chan and Jeremy Spencer have distilled their collective experience into a tasty Australian gin. And we’ve found the best use for it. Gin is making headway into becoming the vodka du jour. The gin and tonic is fast replacing the mainstay vodka lime ..