Raising awareness of Mental Health is something near and dear to us so when Sydney based Art Director, Amy Roser, made us aware of the project she had underway to address this issue we were immediately on-board.
Both One Wave and batyr have approached the work of raising awareness of issues such as depression and anxiety in unique and engaging ways.
Please have a look at their websites to see the great work they are doing.
How are we supporting Amy and So Far So Good?
Our first undertaking was to support the opening of the exhibition by donating some of our award winning Dry Gin and Sloe Gin to be served on the night and to be used as rewards for people pledging funds on the group's Pozzible page.
Our second decision was to donate five dollars ($5.00) from the sale of any of our gins on our website PLUS give a five dollar discount to the person buying the gin.
This donation will apply to any purchase made via our website before 1 Nov 2018. Use the code sfsg at checkout to activate the donation and discount.
AMY ON SO FAR SO GOOD IN HER OWN WORDS:
So Far So Good is a text-based group show that aims to get people talking positively about mental health. 100% of profits are going to One Wave and Batyr, two local mental health non-profits. Dealing with personal stuff can be a really isolating experience so I am really passionate about starting up a dialogue with a big group of people and celebrating those who champion the mental health space every day.
I have 13 artists, a poet, the St O’Donnell boys on the music, a VR company, a number of brands, and loads of friends on board to help me realise the project – it opens on RUOK? Day and it’s already been a big success in terms of bringing a community together to acknowledge something that often gets swept under the rug. Stay tuned… I guess this is my ideal collaboration, just quietly. Tough but rewarding… and meaningful.
This cocktail was advertised in Pittsburg (USA) in 1909 and the ad that appeared then is certainly cringworthy by the standards of today.
The advertisement stated that –
• One makes a man listen to the suffragette case,
• two makes him think the cause has some merit,
• three makes him a convert and
• four makes him go home to do the dishes.
To make this cocktail you will need -
• 30ml sloe gin
• 30ml dry vermouth
• 30ml sweet vermouth
• Dash of orange bitters
Put the sloe gin, dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled. Then strain into a cocktail glass and Garnish with a lemon twist.
When contemplating what drink to serve with a wonderful cheese platter we tend to almost naturally turn our thoughts to Port.
But if you want to really impress your guests and take them out of their comfort zone, try serving a Nonesuch Sloe Gin or Sloe Malt instead.
The different cheeses bring out the botanicals and flavour notes in the Sloe Gin and Sloe Malt. These either contrast with, or complement, the different characteristics of the cheese and that makes for intriguing partnerships.
Sloe Gin with Stilton is probably my favourite pairing. The mouth filling richness of Sloe Gin works superbly with this cheese. The Sloe Gin has much the same rich flavour as a Vintage Port but, despite being stronger, manages to taste lighter and fresher.
Goats Cheese brings out an herbaceous note in our Sloe Gin, or does the Sloe Gin bring out an herbaceous note in these cheeses? Either way, this is a great marriage.
The saltiness and pungent aroma of Blue cheeses needs to be offset with a contrasting note of slight sweetness. Our unique, handcrafted Sloe Malt is the real winner for achieving that. It is one of the spirit’s secrets – it goes phenomenally well with cheese.
With really strong blue cheeses, especially Roquefort, you could also consider a Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky. (Tip: Keep an eye out later in 2016 for the first release single malt from Fannys Bay Distillery)
Given the nut flavours and earthiness they take on as they age, cheeses such as Camembert and Brie stand up well to the sloe gin’s fruit-filled bouquet and it’s plum/cherry notes on the palate.
If you are serving this style of cheese singularly, you will find it superb accompanied by our Dry Gin simply splashed on ice and garnished with sliced red grapes.
Order now and add some "wow" to your next cheese platter.
Hot Toddy’s are thought to improve colds and flu’s because alcohol numbs pain and encourages sleep, and the addition of fruit juice gives a boost of vitamin C.
The science is out on whether Hot Toddy’s can really cure a cold, but one thing’s for certain – there’s a lot of fun in finding out.Besides being a great warming drink.
Mix the Nonesuch Sloe Gin, and the juices and clove (if using) in a saucepan and heat but do not boil.
Using a cinnamon stick, stir in a knob of butter, sugar (or honey) to taste then remove the stick.
Serve in hot drink glasses.
To make more, just multiply the quantities by the number of guests you’d like to serve. (Except for the cinnamon stirring stick of course. No need for a new stick for each drink)
Serve in a hot drink glass.
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Selling the majority of our products either in person at the distillery or on-line has a tremendous benefit for us. We get to meet our customers either face to face or on-line.
Quite often a note attached to an order tells us that the product being purchased is a gift or there is a comment about their enjoyment of their previous purchase.
We had one of those online and email conversations with Jackie from Berowra Heights in NSW. Jackie informed us that she was ordering a bottle of our Tasmanian Sloe Gin to take with her to Ireland as a gift for her parents.
More than twenty years ago Jackie’s family had lived in Cambridge and used to make sloe gin using the berries they picked from the hedgerows there. Jackie naturally wanted them to be able to enjoy a Sloe Gin from the other side of the world.
The sloes that we use are picked from Blackthorn trees bought from Ireland and England by early settlers so we couldn’t help wondering if some of our local trees are the descendants of the trees known to Jackie’s family.
It was fantastic to get an email today from Jackie letting us know that she and the prized bottle of Sloe Gin had made it to Ireland. Attached were photos of her parents with their gift and some shots of Blackthorn growing along the shore of Carlingford Lough, with the Mourne Mountains in the background.
(Just a little bit of trivia - Besides being the source of sloes, the Blackthorn provided the material that the Irish used to make their renowned shillelagh.)
Nose + Appearance: It has a bright ruby colour, with an appealing hint of maraschino cherry on the nose that lingers well.
Tasting (slightly chilled served neat): the flavours are very forward on the palette, not overly sweet with a quite clean + dry finish. Not a rich liqueur experience such as you get from a fortified spirit, rather this is one of complex spices, with yes, blackberry and sour cherries notes in a spirit that isn’t heavy.
It’s not like a Kirsch liqueur if that’s what you’re thinking, it’s much more lighter and delicate than that without the alcoholic kick.
The Take Home
A delicious and well crafted debut gin from one of our newest distilleries.