Burleigh in a bottle – new Gold Coast-made gin brand Wildflower drops its first batch
When the Gold Coast’s newest distillery Wildflower Gin opened its doors, the first product it released wasn’t gin. It was hand sanitiser. Just one week after the new Burleigh Heads spirit maker officially launched, the pandemic sent the entire world into lockdown. While at the time the soaring demand for sanitiser was inadvertently welcome, the team was itching to fire up the copper stills and put the juniper to work. As the weeks have passed, things are slowly but surely returning to (some form of) normal, allowing Wildflower to finally release its flagship Gold Coast-made gin to keen sippers.
For founder James Greig, distilling was a hobby that got out of hand. It all began two years ago when he decided to buy a 1000-litre copper still, which he named Walter, kick-starting the entrepreneur’s journey to creating a new brand of small-batch gin. While it wasn’t the smoothest market launch (thanks coronavirus), James, Walter and the team have been inundated with sales for its first-ever release – the Wildflower Signature Gin – which takes inspiration from the local flowers that flourish in the Gold Coast region. Along with releasing the gin online and to retailers, Wildflower’s Scottsdale Drive distillery also features a cellar door, which is now open to the public for sales and order pick-ups.
Its flagship signature gin is a dry, floral number with a botanical burst from lemon myrtle, cardamom, cassia and gentle hints of James’ own backyard honey. While it’s been crafted as easy-drinking and a great ‘introductory’ gin, it can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks for the full botanical experience. Given the small-batch nature of the brand, we can expect to see some exciting limited-edition gin releases to come out of the Burleigh Heads distillery over the coming months – along with some tasty aged bourbons and whiskies! Wildflower will also be hosting hands-on gin-making masterclasses from June 19, which you can book into directly via the website.
Keen to sip the newest Gold Coast-made drop? You can purchase the Wildflower Signature Gin online here, or head on down to the cellar door to have a chat to James and the team.
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