Stone Pine Seasonal Orange Blossom Gin is a seasonal release gin produced at Stone Pine Distillery in Bathurst NSW. Only 400 individually numbered bottles make up the 2015 vintage and it’s proven to be very popular this summer.
The gin is made from neutral grain spirit and hand-picked orange blossoms in nearby Narromine. Other botanicals include native citrus, mainly pink finger lime and lemon myrtle.
Stone Pine Seasonal Orange Blossom Gin Tasting Notes
- Country of Origin: Griffiths, NSW, Australia
- ABV: 40%
- Colour: clear
- Nose: heavily perfumed, unmistakably orange blossom, other citrus come to the fore mainly lemon and lime while the juniper, overpowered by the orange blossom, is present in the background
- Palate: sweet orange, mild juniper, a hint of pine
- Finish: lingers long with marmalade wand bitter orange on the finish
- Price: $85 RRP for 700ml
Comments: With its dominant orange blossom notes, Stone Pine Seasonal Orange Blossom Gin is a vibrant summer style of gin that is somewhat reminiscent of Middle Eastern desserts. You would not sip it neat or use it in a Martini – it’s far too sweet and overpowering. But it makes an excellent G&T with a good tonic such as Fever-Tree Indian Tonic or CAPI Dry Tonic and an orange peel or slice of orange for garnish. We recommend you stay away from aromatic tonics such as Fever-Tree Mediterranean and East Imperial Burma to allow the gin’s notes to shine. And they do so beautifully. Not surprisingly, Stone Pine Seasonal Orange Blossom Gin has sold out but this is one seasonal gin that we would like to see return as a regular annual release.