REVIEW | 23rd Street Distillery – Violet Gin

Location
Riverland
Style
Limited Edition Violet Gin
ABV
40%
Our Score
91

A subtle sensory experience, indigo evenings in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens carry the same winter-chilled hues as this dark and vibrant violet gin.

When I was gifted two bottles of this Limited Edition Violet Gin for my birthday, I laughed, wondering how two different friends of mine looked at my favourite spirit in my least favourite colour and thought “yeah, absolutely”. But upon trying it, I realised: I gotta give my friends (and the colour purple) more credit, because this is one complex Riverland gin.

Cracked pepper and the hues of dusk; syrupy spiderwebs stretching between bright wattle bushes; that’s the contrast we’re talking here — native botanicals, spicy warm cinnamon, pine and juniper level out with a really surprising citrus finger lime found in the aftertaste.

Claire Ishino’s artwork on the label is an accurate depiction of the flavours at play. The steeped Butterfly Pea lends its indigo-blue to the gin until the pH balance is charged by the tonic’s acidity, and the gin rises to its namesake shade.

If you’re spending a night in company with gin, Adelaide Hills Distillery 78 Degrees Sunset Gin can only precede this one, because there’s no going back; when paired with Fever Tree Indian Tonic, this one is made — both by taste and aesthetic — for the dark hours of the PM. Each sip is the heat of the day in brooding evening hues, cold to touch and warm to taste, the overall mouthfeel dark and crisp, all while looking like it’s walking the line between potion and poison.

And I’ve got two bottles.

REVIEW | 23rd Street Distillery – Violet Gin
IN SHORT
A delicious purple wonder from 23rd Street Distillery
BEA
91
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