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Tuesday 19 December 2017

Matching artisan gin with Thai food flavours

The Hippocampus distillery, bar and cellar door has moved across the country to Melbourne’s south-east to become part of Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers.

To mark the move Hippocampus has launched Hippocampus Bangkok Gin - a collaboration between Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers and renowned Thai chef David Thompson’s Long Chim team.

The new drink, aimed to match with spicy Thai cuisine, is a joint effort between Long Chim’s jungle juice juggler James Connolly, and one of Australia’s finest distillers, Lex Poulsen of Hippocampus.

Connolly has a fondness for the bold flavours of south-east Asia and in particular the Kaffir Lime Leaf. He has long held a desire for a spirit with such tastes, along with rich Thai aromatics. The opportunity to work with the Hippocampus team has given birth to the new gin.

"To go alongside our rigid backbone of classic gin botanicals, we selected a trio of botanicals widely recognised as being very Thai; Kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass and ginger," says Poulsen."The juniper berries are macerated in spirit overnight to extract plenty of goodness. In the morning, all of the remaining botanicals are added to the pit and heat is introduced to begin distillation."

The end result is an aromatic, punchy and vibrant gin with pronounced Thai flavours.

Hippocampus x Long Chim Bangkok Gin, 700ml. ABV 45%. $95.

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