40-58% ABV / 3x200mL
Never Never Distilling is a small operation led by three ambitious young lads with backgrounds in the drinks industry (one of them was a former brand ambassador for Johnnie Walker). From the very start, the guys have been inspired by the remote outback of Australia, the ‘Never Never’, and focused on producing highly original, daring spirits. Their gins have won seemingly every award under the sun and it certainly feels like they're unstoppable at the moment.
This 3pc gin discovery pack comprises Never Never's two core gins and their annual Juniper Freak vintage. Inside, you'll find a 200ml mini bottle of the following three gins:
As their flagship product, Triple Juniper gin is quite an interesting study into the hero botanical of all gins - juniper. To make this gin, juniper is steeped in spirit, put in the pot still, and also put in the path of the rising alcoholic vapours. Hence, ‘triple’ juniper. This rather generous dose of juniper flavour is balanced out by a blend of eight other botanicals, including coriander, fresh lime, fresh lemon, licorice, angelica root, orris root, native pepperberry and cinnamon.
Emerging from the depths of Never Never’s ‘Dark Series’ of experimental spirits, the Southern Strength Gin was developed to provide gin lovers with an over-proof, juniper heavy option. The distillers have also ratcheted up the amount of angelica root, coriander seed and lemon used in the recipe to enable their flavours to shine through the higher alcohol content.
The annual Juniper Freak Gin really turns up the dial on juniper once again, almost as if the Triple Juniper hadn't quite squeezed out all its flavour yet. To make it, fresh juniper is air freighted from Macedonia (many distillers swear by Macedonian juniper). Once it arrives, it's distilled on its own to make a pure juniper distillate. This distillate is then blended with a higher strength version of the Triple Juniper Gin. Bottled at 58% ABV, this is a real treat. Due to the high juniper content, the gin has a tendency to 'louche', or turn milky white, when diluted in strength (such as when adding to tonic).