WITHOUT the prevailing aroma of the humble juniper berry – sourced from a conifer – you can’t call it gin.
That key aromat is one of the few universal rules governing the liquor and, after that, the producers can really add what they want.
Take Hendrick’s for example, with its infusion of Bulgarian rose and cucumber and 11 other botanicals including coriander, angelica root, orange peel, caraway seeds, elderflower and chamomile.
If these facts pique your interest, then perhaps it’s worth booking a spot on Perth’s new Gin Walking Tour.
Run by the people who brought us our city’s original Gin Distillery Tour, the experience showcases three Perth bars and their knowledge about all things gin.
“Gin has a very fascinating history from its early medicinal roots and the gin craze in Britain, to the craft producers making a huge variety of quality gin today,” Hidden deTours director Monique Boucher said.
“We are having a gin renaissance (and) Perth gin devotees are spoilt for choice with amazing dedicated gin bars and other bars with great gin selections and knowledge.
“The idea of strolling from one to another seemed like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon into early evening.”
The monthly tours will see gin devotees strap on their drinking shoes and traverse to Frisk, W Churchill and Hyde Perth on the 3.5-hour tour, which launches on Saturday, February 22.
“We uncover some of the fun facts and interesting stories from gin’s past and present, and highlight secrets, scandals and interesting stories about Perth along the way,” Boucher said.
“The Distillery Tour focuses on local gin distilleries and how gin is made while the Gin Walking Tour visits bars with local, national and international gin ranges and styles.
“There really is an art form to pairing the right mixer and garnishes with gin.
“Staff at two venues will provide a guided gin tasting and one bar will present an interactive cocktail experience, which I’m sure gin lovers will enjoy.”
Spaces are limited to 16 spots per walking tour and leave from Hay Street in the Perth CBD.
Tickets are $115 and available from www.hiddendetours.com.au/gin-walking-tours.html.