This amazing rainforest in the Byron Bay Hinterland is the ultimate tonic
Looking out over the lush backdrop from the tasting deck of the Cape Byron Distillery, you would never imagine that only 30 years ago this was the setting of a rundown dairy farm.
The Cape Byron Distillery is nestled amongst the Byron Bay hinterland on the Brook family farm where they have planted over 35,000 trees, completely regenerating the land.
There is no better way to spend an afternoon than strolling around the subtropical rainforest and discovering how the abundance of wild, native botanicals infuse the gin with such a deliciously unique flavour. A truly magical experience from the source to the still.
The dream was brought to life by co-founders Eddie Brook and master distiller Jim McEwan whose thirst for knowledge and passion for their product has produced an award-winning gin with a true sense of place.
Start off on your merry way with a refreshing Brookie’s & Tonic, garnished with their signature native finger lime and aniseed myrtle. Guided by the best “Spiritual Advisors”, learn all about the art of the distillation process and how this distinctive flavour unique to the region is brought to life all while enjoying the liquid and pinpointing the taste points for yourself.
Luckily for the Brooks, the inspiration for this distillery came right from their doorstep. The stunning Northern Rivers region is a natural pantry for creating a world-class craft spirit. Each season brings a new landscape of flavour ready to be foraged from the heart of the rainforest. In Spring, native raspberries and fruits come to life, Summertime sees the harvest of the Davidson Plum which is the backbone of Brookie’s Slow Gin and then with Autumn/Winter comes a plethora of key botanicals namely Ginger, Cinnamon, Aniseed and Lemon Myrtle all used to create their seasonally crafted cocktails.
Round off the tour relaxing on the deck overlooking the hinterland sipping on a tasty ‘Rainforest Martini’ and of course it would be rude not to take a bottle home with you!
The cellar door is open for tours and gin tastings every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am and 3:30pm and bookings are essential. Reservations can be made via the Cape Byron Distillery website.