A sensuous blend of local and imported botanicals aged in a Domaine A Cabernet Sauvignon barrel
Todd and Bert started working on some new Retiring products earlier in the year for Destination Cellars five year anniversary. They wanted to create some drinks that embodied the spirit of Wilmot Hills - both the people and the place. This year's challenges have meant that the products have been delayed, but they are ready now and we are really excited to show them to you as part of Destination Cellars five year celebration.
On October 12th 2020 the founders of Wilmot Hills Distillery John and Ruth Cole left this earth with dignity in view of mountains that they loved.
During his life John sought little recognition for his achievements although I consider him to be a pioneer in Tasmania with respect to geographical identity orchard and garden to bottle craft distillation.
To honour this legacy and place I have produced special bottlings of four unique spirits each with connections to Wilmot and expressing my particular interests that were encouraged by John and Ruth.
“The Retiring” Spirits
Produced at the stunning Wilmot Hills Distillery, “The Retiring” Barrel Aged GIN - Bert's great friend Peter Althaus of Domaine A Stoney Vineyard gifted him some second use French oak barrels (50 litres) that had previously matured Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
The Gin was aged for six months then compounded with infusions of camomile and wormwood “grande” grown at Wilmot. Absinthe was one of John and Ruth’s favourite drinks including Hemingway’s cocktail Death in the Afternoon.
This Gin makes a nice contribution to a Negroni.
375ml | 45% ABV | Tasmania