Slow. wins Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2020
Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin takes out GOLD, Mac. by Brookie’s & Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin return with SILVER! Based in London, the IWSC is widely considered one of the most credible competitions of its kind.
The sweet little sipper is masterfully created in the style of traditional English ‘sloe’ gin with a twist unique to its Byron Bay surroundings. Instead of sloe berries, we turn to Davidson’s Plums, an indigenous fruit found in the Northern Rivers area, as a replacement. Hundreds of kilos of Davidson’s Plums are laid to rest with Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin until the colour of the fruit has naturally imparted itself into the spirit along with flavours of sour cherry, plum and rose.
The maturation process, while quite simple in theory, can take up to 300 days from start to finish depending on the time of year, providing one very ironically named gin! The popularity of Brookie’s Byron Slow Gin has seen Cape Byron Distillery become the largest consumer of Davidson’s plums, with the Distillery continually scouring for the fruit throughout the Northern Rivers community.
The demand for our Slow Gin has nurtured some wonderful solid working relationships with local farmers. We have been able to give back to the community by purchasing the fruit from those whose crops are so small that they wouldn’t have ever dreamed of selling them on a commercial level. We’re incredibly proud to be able to generate an additional income for grassroots locals” ~ Eddie Brook, CEO & Distiller
Earlier this year we further regenerated the last remaining empty plot of land surrounding the distillery by planting over 1,000 young Davidson’s Plum trees under the watchful eye of George from Eco Rainforest Restorations. These saplings will be producing fruit in the next 3 to 4 years.