HM No 5 Orange Squeeze Gin 500mL 43%
Hillmartin Distillery | Plenty VIC
When we embarked on our mission to make everyone a gin lover, we wanted to create a range of gins from the traditional London Dry gin style through to more contemporary flavours that have seen the gin industry explode to where it is today. With a couple of contemporary gins under our belt, we thought it was time to make a gin that Traditional gin drinkers would love. Gavin our distiller wanted to create a recipe that included all the components of a London Dry style, and at the last minute decided to add navel oranges anticipating they would provide a soft warm undertone to the gin. Tasting the gin as it was coming out of the still was nothing like a London Dry and to our delight it tasted soft, smooth and full of flavour.
We knew we were onto a winner, so we entered our HM No 5 Orange Squeeze Gin into the International Gin Awards in London where it was awarded Bronze in January 2022.
For the base of the Orange Squeeze, we use the highest purity alcohol available in Australia and doubled the quantity of Juniper berries that we typically use in our gins. We wanted to bring out a big juniper taste. We further added coriander seeds, cinnamon, cassia sticks and finely cut locally grown lemon and anise myrtles to the mix. Oh and of course some fresh navel oranges. The botanical basket is also filled with fresh navel oranges to further infuse the gin vapours. With so much orange there is no wonder the Orange Squeeze tastes as it does. The resultant concentrated gin has a very smooth and rounded taste with a navel orange finish. It comes out of the still with an average alcohol by volume (ABV) of 79%.
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