If there’s anything gin lovers adore, it’s botanicals. As gin distillers, we are equally fascinated and enamoured by them. It’s no wonder that we jumped at the chance to work with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for a super special Anther gin – Florescence Gin!
Florescence, according to the Oxford Dictionary, means “the process of flowering” or the “process of developing richly and fully.”
Florescence has been in the works since early 2021. We had many meetings with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria with our award-winning gins in hand to discuss the plan and what Florescence would eventually become.
Florescence had to capture the diversity and essence of the Botanic Gardens – and there are thousands of different plants and botanicals in the gardens – 8,500 at the hallowed ‘Tan and 1,700 native Australian plants at the Australian Garden in Cranbourne. Of course, some would flavour this unique gin – and all plants in the gin are currently on site at the gardens!
Dr. Derv was treated to walk the the gardens and herbarium, guided by head botanist Neville Walsh to understand their work in preserving the flora and all hidden flavours within – it blew our minds! Together, they examined the botanical catalogues and digital scanning room, and took a look at “Fooks Book” one of the earliest botany books dating back to 1547!
The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has one of the most extensive seed banks thanks to our moderate climate. The work of the gardeners and botanists is crucial to the ecosphere of Australia – and Florescence is helping shine a light on their conservation efforts for Australian and world plants and botanicals to restore abundance once more.
As for the flavours, Florescence features traditional ingredients such as juniper, coriander seeds, orange, and lemon peel, but also includes unique selections of native Australian plants such as Tasmannia xerophila (alpine pepper), kunzea parvifolia (violet kunzea), baeckea gunniana (alpine baeckea) and more.
Alpine pepper is a common shrub of the alpine zone and an ancient native woody plant in Victoria. The leaves and berries are aromatic builds a heat that eventually hits the palate. Violet kunzea is fairly widespread in Victoria. In spring its mauve bottlebrush-like flowers can light up its environment with a purple haze – if you’re a Victorian, you’ve probably seen it around the traps!
The Verdict from the Plant
Distillation took place at Anther Distillery in Federal Mills, Geelong in collaboration with Professor Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
Tim says “this is a real, one-of-a-kind beverage, the official taste of Melbourne, with the delicate notes and scents reminiscent of the Gardens.
“I have personally taste-tested and approved this gin. It has a fantastic aroma and a unique and charismatic flavour. We hope that you enjoy it!”
Cheers to that Tim – so do we!
Proceeds from every bottle of Florescence sold work towards supporting the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria future research and upkeep. So have a try of some real Australian flora – and help the environment while you’re at it!
Tasmania xerophila – alpine pepper
Kunzea parvifolia – violet kunzea
Zieria citriodora – lemon scented ziera
Baeckea gunniana – alpine baeckea
Cymbopogon obtectus – silky heads
Corriander seeds organic