At Tasmania’s newest gin joint you can savour Tasmanian Gin and even make your own bottle to take home.
Forty Spotted is a small bar and distillery tucked away from Hobart’s main strip on Level 1, 30 Argyle Street.
Inside you’ll find more than 20 rare gins including Isle of Raasay (Scotland), Boatyard Gin (Northern Ireland) and Berliner Brandstifter (Germany).
But it is the uniquely Tasmanian flavours that most travellers come to taste.
This bar showcases Forty Spotted’s bespoke Tasmanian gins made with rare Australian botanicals.
The classic gin is crafted to highlight the flavour of the native Tasmanian pepperberry, with kaffir lime leaves and lemon peel. The Tassie Bush honey is a warm delight, which brings together the flavour of native honey with rooibos tea and fades to waves of caramel.
These gins are gorgeous sipped neat, but they also perform well in a Martini. Forty Spotted offers incredible, smooth cocktails crafted to highlight the flavour of each bespoke gin.
Make your own
At Forty Spotted’s “Ginstitute” you can blend your own bespoke bottle of Tasmanian gin to take home.
The workshops run for approximately one and a half hours and cost $99.
Gin-lovers will learn blending techniques from Forty Spotted’s Gin Professors.
They can choose from some of Tasmania’s most unique botanicals such as Oyster Bay Pine, Wattle Seed, Tasmanian Pepperberry and Kunzea as they create their own unique gin.
Tasmanian gin hideaway
Forty Spotted Gin’s head of hospitality Dan Knight said the company designed the bar to feel like a secret hideaway.
The interior showcases thousands of individual pieces of timber, hand pieced together to represent the nest of the Forty Spotted pardalote, a rare bird only found in Tasmania.
“We wanted to create a bar as unique as the gin and Tasmania itself and so we hope guests will feel as though they are stepping into a completely different world when they join us,” Knight said.
“As a destination venue hidden away from Hobart’s main hospitality strips, this bar isn’t like anything else in Tassie and it will offer local gin lovers and visitors a chance to experience handcrafted cocktails away from the hustle and bustle.”