Having seen a similar project happen in the UK between the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew and London Distillery Company, Distillery Botanica’s master distiller Philip Moore decided he wanted to give it a red hot go.
Moore, along with the assistance of the Garden’s Director of Horticulture Management, Jimmy Turner, rummaged through nearly 9000 different plant species in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain, before finding the perfect combination to make a spirit equal parts distinctive, delicious and sustainable.
The result is Rather Royal, both in name and nature; taking botanics from the Rose Garden and Spring Walk areas of the garden. Moore told Broadsheet Sydney drinking their limited edition small batch gin is “like a walk through the Botanic Garden on a warm summer’s day,” – a sentiment we can gather like a garden party for.
The taste is described as well-balanced, with character notes born from the garden forage of Pope John Paul roses, mandarin leaf, lemon verbena, horehound, curry leaf for spice, lovage and chamomile, on top of the juniper, orris root and signature Murraya base. Delish.
Distillery Botanica suggests Rather Royal is at its most regal in a Martini, Negroni or straight up with tonic water, ice and some lemon zest.
If that wasn’t enough reason to grab yourself one of the 1000 bottles on offer, how about this: 50 per cent of the profits from the Rather Royal Gin will go directly to the Royal Botanic Garden’s conservation programs. According to Kim Ellis, Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands, “Here in Australia, 10 per cent of our native plant species are listed as endangered, with a number of threats to our unique plant life, including climate change, invasive pathogens and habitat destruction.” Long story short – buy a damn bottle and save the plants!
Distillery Botanica Rather Royal Gin is available from the Distillery Botanica website, selected stockists, and over the bar at the Botanic Garden Restaurant.