Ginuary 2nd: the Retiring gin and grenadine @ the Taste of Tasmania.

A grand day at the Taste of Tasmania festival today! So grand that I almost forgot to blog it, oops. Let’s not start this too early.

I was last at the Taste (“Hobart’s waterfront celebration”, one of the biggest food festivals on the island) two years ago and today I returned with my sights set on two stalls in particular—one old favourite (keep your eyes peeled for later this month) and a new friend.

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I was delighted to find an option I hadn’t blogged before (I’ve blogged 94 days of Ginuary by now, I’ll have you know) and yes, it’s simple, but yes, it’s delicious. Even better, it’s Tasmanian made (I’m very Tassie-proud), and both the gin and grenadine are small batch artisanal joys made up in Wilmot (the north west of Tasmania, my absolute favourite corner of the state).

Bert took up distilling gin as a bit of a passion project, and for something to do once he retires from his day job in the near future… hence the wonderful name of his brand.

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He’s not one for having a singular focus, though… as well as the lovely London Dry-style gin he’s created, you’ll see there’s also a grenadine, some bitters, and a tonic syrup to boot—bad news for me was that by today he’d already sold out of that one. That’s ok though, Bert and I are gonna be good pals.

We had a great chat about his four pot distilling process, the botanicals he sources in person from all over the world (including a couple from his own backyard, of course), and his plans for the future. He even showed me the marvellous bag he has full of his distilled individual pot samples and a couple of sneak peek treats.

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There’s something kind of wonderful about talking to somebody else who’s as nuts about gin as you are—I think I properly experienced this for the first time a year ago when I met up with Aaron in NYC, and chatting with Bert today took me right back to that place. My happy place. Thanks, Ginuary. And thanks, Bert and Jo of the Retiring!