Water of Life – Underground Spirits Canberra
There are busier and more happening cities than what has been chosen to become the capital of terra australis. Canberra is certainly embedded in a picturesque countryside and given the wholesome context, it is not further wondrous that it serves as fertile ground for sophisticated quality distilleries not unlike Underground Spirit to emerge.
Sourcing their local sustainably grown New South Wales Wheat and water from the Brindabella Mountains which is purified through reverse osmosis, the trademark of the distillery manifests itself post-distilling, specifically for their vodka: Their liquid emissions are being cryofiltered, i.e. a process conducted under extremely low temperatures, which enables the extraction of nano impurities and results in unsurpassed purity.
The gin range gets its Underground Spirits character not only through the aforementioned process of cryofiltration but also through maceration, the infusion of vapour and the addition of tinctures which create the canvas for the respective finely balanced botanicals, e.g. the dominating component Juniper, Coriander Seed and Angelia Root along with other native ones, to unfold their nuances.
Underground Spirits’ signature gin is a sippable one of citrussy and spicy notes.
The Shiraz Gin with Tasmanian Pepperberries takes things up a notch or two. Based on the foundation of the signature gin, Tasmanian Pepperberries take the centerstage of the distillate, which is matured in locally sourced Shiraz oak barrels for two months before being made available to the public.
Specifically, the Shiraz barrels add a spiciness that sits on a bed of vanilla and fruity flavours reminiscent of a good white wine.
It is allowed to dominate the blend before maturing in Shiraz oak barrels sourced from local winemakers for two months. The results are a remarkable uniqueness of each batch derived from the individual flavour qualities of each barrel. This is an absolute modern classic with a warm and delectable finish.
The entity known as Underground Spirits is one to watch – not merely because of their medical grade filtration system and dedication to purity of their products, but the well-calibrated flavour nuances informed by regional botanicals that make both their gins and vodkas smoooth, sippable and easy on the palate.
No matter how you usually have your gins or vodka, in this case it would be blasphemous to not have them neat, specifically the vodka, which is one of the most pleasant ones I have had with no lingering flavours and delicate hints of pepper.
The gins will convince any fan of the classic styled ones from the old world and it’d be difficult to imagine that the subtle nuances that Underground Spirits infused it with would not make this one a new favourite go-to.