As a distiller, how do you know that what you produce is good, bad or indifferent? You conduct tastings of course! Try to gather as many opinions as you can, as every comment either good or bad provides feedback that the distiller can learn from.
I recently submitted all of our products to Nicks Wine Merchants in Melbourne for scrutineering and the results are finally in.
The characteristics that are looked at include:
- Length of flavours
- Alcohol by reduction (ABV)
The notes from Nicks are as follows:
Ironbark Crystallus Vodka
Crystal clear. Peppermint tea opening aromas with aeration adding damp forest floor, wet rock and mild eucalyptus leaf-like scents, following through to a medium bodied, gently peppery profile with antiseptic and potpourri at the finish. Engaging and uniquely styled. 40% Alc./Vol.
Ironbark Dry Gin
Crystal clear. Offers an attractive medley of juniper, white pepper, lemon peel and citrus gelato on the nose followed by a fresh piney, juniper, citrus peel and mineral accented profile with hints of curry leaf and pencil shavings at the finish. Nicely balanced. Light and elegantly styled. 40% Alc./Vol.
Ironbark Corn Rye Moonshine
Brilliant crystal clear appearance. Lifted bouquet features corn chip, ryvita biscuit and hints of caraway. Excellent definition and purity on the palate too with a concentrated, medium dry, toasty rye – corn chip fusion that concludes vibrant, dry, pure and pleasantly peppery with the rye closing bread-like and long. Delicious. 45% Alc./Vol.
Ironbark Chai Spirit
Crystal clear. Moderate yet fresh aromatics include sage, chamomile tea plus muted clove and cardamom in later passes. Light bodied, delicately spiced delivery offers subdued herbal tea-like flavours ending fresh with a lively peppermint and citrus accented finish. 40% Alc./Vol.
All in all, we are pleased with the results and are grateful for the opportunity to have experienced tastebuds pass judgement on our spirits.