This mama loves her gin and with summer kicking it up a notch, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold G&T. A gin launched by Autograph Distillery, Distillery Road Gin draws inspiration from the history of the site which the brand makes its premium and award-winning spirit, 13 Distillery Road in Stellenbosch.
Like the other gins in the Autograph range, Distillery Road’s story is unpacked in a highly captivating manner on its label, brilliantly designed to capture the history of an area which transported me back to life in the Cape.
It’s a tale that goes like this….
A scene reminiscent of mid 19th Century South Africa, as an imposing steam train pulls into Bosman’s Siding (the former name for Bosman’s Crossing on Distillery Road) bootleggers roll and load barrels onto the vessel in the shadows of night, ready for sale. This visualization plays on many fascinating elements in SA’s liquor history. The name Distillery Road owes its heritage to Daniel Bosman, for it is he – albeit a brandy distiller – who was one of the first referenced career-distillers written about in Stellenbosch history books. Next, enter the bootleggers; their role in our illicit past was a call-to-arms against hefty taxes.
This meant men working at night in a cloak of darkness to stealthily load trains as quickly as possible. As the bootleggers work, two parrots seem to have taken advantage of the train’s forbidden fruit. Another reference to the place Autograph’s delicious new gin takes its name from. Located beneath the Papegaaiberg, Distillery Road’s backdrop was home to an old military tradition. Soldiers would place ceramic parrots on poles and use them as target practice and the Papegaaiberg. This became a means to stop any bullets from going astray. The parrots are also testament to the gin still itself.
Experience the Journey with Distillery Road Gin
Drinking Distillery Road Gin is like embarking on a journey. This is what I’ve come to expect from every sip of Distillery Road.
A modern gin for the contemporary gin drinker, Distillery Road, is a wonderful blend of old and new. This spirit leads with top notes of lime and coriander on the nose. Then follows on the palate with distinct warmth melding with ginger to create a warm rounded mouthfeel. The mid-palate lingers with the warmth of black pepper allowing the more subtle notes to sink into your palate. These more delicate notes have perfumed strains of fynbos such as Confetti Bush and Lemon Pelargonium. Finally this gentle spicy gin rounds off with the root base of Angelica which carries it through to the finish.
The Perfect Serve
- 50mls Distillery Road Gin,
- 200mls Indian Tonic
- Garnish with lemon wheel & freshly sliced ginger
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