Gamble on truffles all in good spirits

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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BLACK GOLD: Stone Pine Distillery’s Ian Glen with a limited edition bottle of his new Seasonal Black Truffle Gin. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 072316pbgin3
Nanjing Night Net

AN $8000 gamble by Bathurst microdistiller Ian Glen appears to be paying dividends withbottles of his newest gin blend finding an exclusive niche in the market.

Stone Pine Distillery’s latest seasonal offeringfuses Mr Glen’s iconic gin with the earthy flavour of Central West truffles to create a limited edition Black Truffle Gin –the first of its kind in Australia.

But with truffles selling at $2000 a kilogram, just 300 bottles of the gin have been produced and around half of those were sold in the first week after Mr Glen launched it at the Australian Drinks Festival in Melbourne.

Mr Glen said he had been searching for a new seasonal blend following the success of Stone Pine’s Orange Blossom Gin last spring, with local produce a priority.

He began experimenting with local truffles before settling on a “savoury”recipe that also featuresblack pepper, flaked salt, coriander seeds, orris root and juniper berries.

“For me, to be seasonal it has to be regional which limits the possibilities a little with our climate so when I got the idea of doing something with truffles I then had to be a bit patient and wait for them to ripen,” Mr Glen said.

“I thought it would be an interesting flavour and while I know of a truffle vodka in England, I didn’t think a vodka would the right fit for us.

“So I tried it with a gin and it took it to another level.”

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