At MOUNTAIN Distilling, we use a variety of unique and locally sourced ingredients to create craft spirits. We use many native Australian botanicals, which add unique flavours and aromas to our spirits. These native plants offer an array of flavours that are unparalleled, making them a must-try for any spirit enthusiast. Many of these botanicals are native to Australia and have been used for centuries by Indigenous Australians for their medicinal and culinary properties. We have curated a guide to Australian botanicals that can be used in Distilling, some of which we use frequently in our MOUNTAIN products.
Lemon myrtle is one of the most popular Australian botanicals used in distilled spirits, especially gin. This native Australian plant has a fresh, lemony scent and taste that adds a unique flavour to any drink. Lemon myrtle is a staple ingredient in many Australian gins, and it is also used in other distilled spirits such as vodka and liqueurs. The lemony notes of this botanical make it a perfect ingredient for cocktails that require a citrusy kick, such as a gin and tonic or a lemon myrtle martini.
Another popular Australian botanical used in distilled spirits is wattleseed. This unique ingredient has a nutty and chocolatey flavour that is perfect for adding depth and complexity to spirits such as whiskey and rum. Wattleseed is often used as a substitute for coffee in cocktails, adding a unique flavour profile that is sure to surprise and delight the palate. This ingredient is often used in small quantities due to its potent flavour, but when used correctly, it can add a depth of flavour that is truly remarkable.
The Tasmanian pepperberry is a unique Australian botanical that is making its way into the world of distilled spirits. This ingredient has a spicy kick that is perfect for adding heat and flavour to spirits such as gin, vodka, and whiskey. Tasmanian pepperberry is also used in bitters and liqueurs, adding a bold flavour that is sure to stand out in any cocktail. This botanical is not for the faint of heart, but for those who love a spicy kick, it is the perfect ingredient to add to their spirits collection.
Angelica is a botanical ingredient that is commonly used in the production of distilled spirits, particularly in the creation of gin. Angelica root, scientifically known as Angelica archangelica, belongs to the Apiaceae family and has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine and culinary applications. In distilled spirits, angelica root serves as one of the key flavouring agents and contributes to the overall aroma and taste profile of the beverage.
Orris root, derived from the dried rhizomes of the iris plant (Iris germanica or Iris pallida), is another botanical commonly used in the production of distilled spirits, including gin. It is primarily used for its fragrance and binding properties. It's important to note that the quantities of orris root used in gin production are typically small compared to other botanicals like juniper berries. However, even in small amounts, orris root can have a significant impact on the overall aroma and flavour of the distilled spirit.
Finally, finger limes are a unique Australian botanical that are often used in gin and other distilled spirits. This citrus fruit has a tangy and zesty flavour that is perfect for adding a burst of citrus to any drink. Finger limes are often used as a garnish, but they can also be muddled or infused in spirits to add a unique flavour profile that is sure to impress. The finger lime is becoming increasingly popular in the world of cocktails due to its unique appearance and flavour.
Australian botanicals offer a range of unique flavours and aromas that are perfect for adding depth and complexity to distilled spirits. From the zesty notes of lemon myrtle to the earthy flavours of wattleseed, there is no shortage of ingredients to experiment with. Whether you are a fan of gin, vodka, whisky, tequila or any other distilled spirit, be sure to explore the unique flavours of Australian botanicals and discover the depth of flavour that they can add to your favourite drink. Check out the MOUNTAIN Distilling Shop today to experience our range of Australian-made botanical spirits.