Being Australia’s oldest wine region, Hunter Valley is known for its wines and no one can contest this fact. The region is proud of its Semillon, a uniquely Australian blend of fruity flavour and floral fragrances in a wine bottle.
Hunter Valley also produces other wine varieties including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Verdelho. There are some fancy ones as well. With all the wines in the cellar doors of the region who would have thought of the other types of alcoholic drinks and beverages?
But we’re in Australia, and many Australians love the booze. They make many kinds of spirits and liquors; they brew and drink their beers the Aussie way. Enter a pub and grab a bottle of local beer, you sure meet new mates you can chat with for hours.
Cool folks out there distill some unique Aussie spirits. Visit Hunter Distillery, an organic distillery which is the only one of its kind in New South Wales. The distillery is a proud producer of the region’s finest vodkas, schnapps, and liqueurs.
Try their award-winning Copperware Gin that’s distilled in a traditional way but with some unique twists. Or their distinct Jail House Gin. They also have the Native Gin distilled using juniper berries, finger lime, Kakadu plum, and other ingredients.
You can also sip their vodkas blended in many different flavours. You can choose from the list: apple, chilli, caramel, chocolate, coffee, lemon myrtle, lime, vanilla, and honey. Of course, they also have the premium, traditional vodka that many Europeans love.
Have a shot of Arak that looks like milk when mixed with water. Unsweetened, clear, and colourless, the alcohol content of this anise-flavoured drink is 52%. A glass of it with ice cubes would rightly hit the perfect spot.
Their schnapps also varies in flavour — blackberry, chilli, and butterscotch. And the liqueurs taste great as well. They blend different liqueur flavours including chocolate, mint, orange, coconut, ginger, hazelnut, honeydew melon, lychee, lime, mango, passionfruit, rosewater, and strawberry.
Their cellar door is open every day. You can grab home a bottle or two of each vodka, schnapps, or liqueur flavour. When you do, you end up with more than a handful. You would have enough supply of alcohol in the next few months depending on the rate of your consumption.
But for non-alcoholics who only want to taste the spirits of Hunter Distillery, a $5 tasting fee is not bad. And if you bought a bottle of vodka after tasting, you will get a refund. That’s good enough a deal though.
Wildlife Tours Australia organizes group tours for vodka, spirits, and wine tastings in Hunter Valley. For $149 you will have a great set of lunch with some ales and visit two wineries, plus Hunter Distillery.
Transportation included so you won’t have to worry about your alcohol intake. You can avoid fines from traffic officers when caught drunk driving. Nay, not only avoid fines but avoid accidents and save lives.
Cheers to that, mates!