Surely you’ve heard: gin has made its comeback and, boy, are we glad about it. We’re also glad that Mornington Peninsula’s local distillery have been telling us so, for almost 10 years.
Bass & Flinders have been making spirits since 2009; their venture beginning in a barn among the grapevines in Red Hill. You may know Bass & Flinders for their gin, but they are equally as passionate about crafting local brandy and liqueurs.
The distillers recently moved into a purpose-built space in Dromana’s industrial estate among locals like Jetty Road and Jimmy Rum. The building is complete with still room, bar and masterclass area. You see, Bass & Flinders are much more than a distributor, they’re educators, bringing the wide world of distilling to the Peninsula.
Ordinarily, producers will buy grain-based spirits and build their product from there; however Bass & Flinders make their own base from local grapes, then refine and add to craft each product. The whole process is done in house – from still to labelling.
We met with venue manager Simone Maynard, who toured and talked us through their processes and products. The Bass & Flinders team is small, but their knowledge and know-how is extensive.
Bass & Flinders Gin Masterclasses run regularly throughout the year, allowing enthusiasts from near and far to enjoy making their own blend to take home. The two hour class includes information on the history of gin, the distilling process, flavours and botanicals; and you walk away with your own bespoke gin.
The venue’s bar is what greets you as you enter, and plenty of spirits means gin flights and tastings are always on the menu. We tried the Cerisse gin (it’s pink!).
Simone emphasised they have never tried to be anything they can’t be. Bass & Flinders are experts in what they produce, and it shows.
Enjoy Bass and Flinders during Lockdown
While we can't manage a visit, B&F are delivering new products, at home tasting experiences and bottled cocktails to get you through!
They'll do all the work for you, shaking it up behind the bar to bring you two of their Barrel Aged Distillery Door favourites. Served in 200ml bottles with two serves in each. You can take it easy at home - no extra work required! Simply chill and serve.
Barrel Aged Series Rhubarb & Apple Negroni featuring a racy & tangy Orient Gin
Barrel Aged Series Classic Gin Martini with a Soft & Smooth Gin
'Original Series' - Wild, Sweet & Spicy Negroni - made with their Gin 10 'Wild & Spicy' Gin
Made to order cocktails:
'Original Series' Maritime Paloma – Grapefruit, Lime and of course Maritime Gin
'Original Series' Maritime Southside – Blend of Lime, mint and Maritime
'Original Series' Pineapple, Sage & Ginger Martini - featuring their Monsoon 'Eastern Twist' Gin
At home tasting experiences
In the kit you'll receive a 50mL sample bottle of four different Bass & Flinders gins, 2 x 200mL bottles of matching tonic, along with tasting notes and cocktail recipes to try at home.
Organise a group tasting with 8 or more friends and they will throw in a complimentary 30 minute virtual tasting session with one of their gin experts where your group will be guided through a tasting of the four products.'
For all group virtual tasting enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org