Underground Spirits enGINeers a new release

by James Wilkinson

Underground Spirits, Canberra’s award-winning distillery and one of Wayfarer’s favourite producers, has released its new limited release Spring Gin, ‘enGINeered’ – from root to flower.

The finished result is a meticulously crafted celebration of spring, according to Underground Spirits’ CEO Claudia Roughley.

“This is the first time we have done anything quite like this, and it is something to really get excited about,” she said.

“We wanted to create something really light and beautiful to lift the moods of the nation right now, in what is a particularly difficult time with much of the country’s population currently
in lockdown.

“We wanted to bring a little spring beauty to all, and we wanted to do it in a way to inspire further considerations for low waste in our lives.”

Roughley said enGINeered – from root to flower, is a “pretty nod to spring and its floral beauty and was truly inspired by low waste practices”.

Off the back of their recent Ad Crescendum var Flosferam Gin collaboration with the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Underground Spirits is really proving itself as an innovative distillery doing some very interesting things in the field.

“What we’ve really taken on board since our Gardens’ collaboration is that plants shouldn’t be wasted, and we wanted to ensure that what parts of various plants CAN safely be used in gin-making, were completely utilised. It’s about using what we have, and doing it thoughtfully,” said Underground’s Distiller, Stewart Dobson.

“In this release we have used everything possible – the root, stem, leaves, petals and stamen. It was really interesting to piece it all together, to engineer something new, something beautiful and something using low waste practices.”

Roughley said the process of making enGINeered was quite experimental, reminiscent of making perfume with the components worked and reworked.

She said some interesting botanicals used include Violet Leaf, Lotus, Burdock, Elder Flower, Saffron, Rosella, Rosehip, Blue Cornflower and Jasmine.

“It really is an anthology of flowers, and something that we know will inspire people to get out in their gardens and enjoy what’s growing around them,” Roughley said. “Right now, a huge portion of Australia is in lockdown and many people are turning to gardening as a pastime, to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine, to keep busy and to take pride and joy in what they can grow at home.

“Australians can celebrate their gardens, gardening and sipping this delightful spring gin. And despite world events happening right now, mother nature will still turn on a glorious spring, and great things continue to grow out of Canberra,” she said.

enGINeered – from root to flower, is now on sale online direct from undergroundspirits.com.au and at speciality independent liquor retailers and bottle shops in Canberra.