Turning the vision into a commercial reality took another 12 months and 45 distillations before we were ready to undertake the process of scaling up to our original 150 litre Arnold Holstein copper pot still.
Over 50% of the botanicals used in The West Winds Gins are indigenous or Australian, including lemon myrtle, cinnamon myrtle, bush tomato, wattle seed, fresh lemon peel, fresh lime peel and fresh coriander.
- Wattles, with their diversity of species and forms, cover the length and breadth of the Australian continent. Although not all Wattles are suitable for human consumption, they have been a mainstay in the diet of Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.
- Part of the tomato family, there are over 100 species of Solanums (Bush Tomatoes) in Australia. However, only six are known to be edible. In the red, sandy deserts in central Australia the plants grow quickly after summer rains, mainly from dormant root stock which can last for many years between favourable seasons.
- Lemon Myrtle is one of the most popular of Australia’s native herbs, with its fresh fragrance of creamy lemon and lime. It complements many culinary delights, from fish and chicken to ice cream or sorbet.
- Cinnamon Myrtle leaves have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and flavour , and can be used as a spice in savoury recipes, deserts, confectionary and herbal teas. It can also be used in biscuits, sweets and slices – anywhere cinnamon is used.
Our lemons and limes are sourced from farms in Gingin, Western Australia.
We take great care to ensure the quality and consistency of our raw ingredients but, due to a degree of seasonality, there are sometimes minor differences in the flavours of our gins.
Because we choose not to chill filter our gins, our gins may very occasionally experience some cloudiness. This cloudiness is a naturally occurring phenomenon due to the amount of fresh citrus we use and the high intensity of flavours that we aim for in our gins. In the rare event that you experience some cloudiness in your bottle of West Winds Gin you can still be sure that the taste will be as fantastic as ever, if not even better.
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.