Details on this distillery coming soon.
Started in 1995 by founders Steve and Val Hughes. The first distillery in the Margaret River region (gin from 2012), The Grove Distillery achieved Gold at the Melbourne International Spirit Awards for its Gin. The distillery will have you laughing before you even get to the bar with the Australian “wildlife” you pass on the way in – from crocodiles to drop bears as you take in this idyllic location.
Grover’s Bar is where you can taste this true London Dry gin created for “dinking not mixing”. James Reed their head distiller told me he started building stills and distilling when he was just a boy in Alaska. Whilst travelling by air where he could drink alcohol (at 18 not 21 on land in the US) he tried gin and he thought is tasted awful and he couldn’t understand why people drank it. This is what lead to creating a gin that stands by itself to be enjoyed straight up. Steve Hughes was behind the bar the day I visited, he was both informative and entertaining during my tasting.
There are 6 organic botanicals in this Special Dry gin, they are Juniper berry, angelica root, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom and lemon. The bottle is tall and elegant like the gin. ABV 37% $60 AUD I am more of a G&T gal myself, so I prefer to add a dash of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic and some cucumber. The standout flavours for me are the Juniper and coriander. There is also the Grove Café next to the bar, serving stone fired pizzas, scones with jam and cream and espresso coffee.
You can book talk & taste with the distiller for $30 per person and there is also accommodation on site where you can relax in a spa bath and possibly see a kangaroo or two. Bookings can be made via their website.