50% ABV / 500mL
Animus Distillery begun in a 'cost efficient' manner typical of start-up distilleries, initially operating out of a garage in Melbourne. However, this wasn't to last long - the success of their range of gins meant that they quickly outgrew the space. The team relocated to a comfortable space in Kyneton, Victoria complete with a cocktail lounge that's open to the public and distillery garden where they grow many of the botanicals used in production.
This 2021 Ananas Gin is inspired by Animus' obsession with Tiki cocktails and is the second release. Fresh pineapple accounts for the lion's share of the botanical load, with ginger, turmeric and galangal brought as for a spicy counterpoint. There's also kaffir lime, pineapple sage, lemon verbena, lemon myrtle and lemon balm (all picked and prepared on the day of production) and ground sesame seeds to contribute an oily, textural mouthfeel.
Following distillation the flesh and rinds of fresh pineapples (with a smaller proportion of fresh lemons and limes) are infused with the spirit in vats for 12 months. It's then cut back to 50% ABV with fruit juice and oils extracted via the steeping process. No added colour or sugar.