So dry you can feel it in your bones

August 30, 2021
By Ioni Doherty

Archie Rose Distilling Co. has launched Bone Dry Gin – a limited release gin created to deliver a bracing triple juniper experience and the highly anticipated first gin release from its Banksmeadow distillery.

A hedonistic juniper encounter with an ultra-dry finish, Bone Dry Gin uses hand foraged Macedonian juniper which has been ground-breakingly cold distilled using Archie Rose’s newly installed copper vacuum to create three distinct juniper expressions – joined by a supporting cast of single estate Australian coriander seed, native lemon scented gum and emerald green finger lime, all of which highlight juniper’s piercing pine aroma.

Bone Dry Gin is a true showcase of Archie Rose’s brand new and highly innovative distilling technology. The 500 litre and 3,000 litre copper pot/column hybrid vacuum stills are the only example of their kind in the world, allowing the production team to “Cold Distil” the botanical distillates by utilising the reduced boiling points achieved when a vacuum is drawn within the still, and completely eliminating the damaging impact of heat on delicate botanicals. The stills are capable of more than twelve different configurations which ensures that the best flavour is exacted from every botanical. 

“This release is an incredible expression of juniper, but also of what our new distillery is uniquely capable of, as there is no one else in Australia currently producing cold distilled gins in copper vacuum stills,” says Archie Rose founder, Will Edwards. 

“The new cold distillation process we’re using is creating shockingly good botanical distillates – and I mean that literally. 

“The difference in clarity and intensity of the gins we are now cold distilling under vacuum versus gins produced in the “normal” way at normal temperatures, including our own old gins produced at our Rosebery distillery, is exceptional and hard to describe without tasting it yourself. This is absolutely the best gin we have ever produced and sets the tone for the relaunch of our Signature Dry Gin and Distiller’s Strength Gin, both of which we are currently transitioning to a cold distilled, copper vacuum process.”

“With Bone Dry Gin, we’ve revelled in the hedonistic use of juniper to expose the many attributes of this multifaceted botanical,” says Master Distiller, Dave Withers.  

“This gin rigorously balances power with nuance, poise and complexity providing a love poem to every great gin moment and every delicious gin cocktail.”

Bone Dry Gin offers a generous approach with apple blossom and lime blossom which makes way for the piercing aroma of juniper and bold pine accented with citrus and floral nuances. After a moment, the aroma of mango and lemongrass can be spotted as the lemon scented gum comes through. On the palate a supple start makes way for a rich herbaceous resolution with bracingly dry woody pine.

“When we did our usual process of matching a new gin with all the tonics on the market a remarkable thing happened – it worked with all the them,” says Archie Rose Head of Hospitality, Harriet Leigh. 

“This gin is so crisp, with so much abundant juniper it cuts through the sweetness of the most cloying tonics, and matches the most austere. We particularly liked it with Strangelove No. 8 – which also has juniper as a feature botanical. We tried that pairing with all sorts of things and it kept working – all the citrus we could get our hands on, apple, herbs, olives! It’s flat-out delicious. It works in wet Martinis and Dry, and with twists, olives or pickled onions. This is a dynamic gin and works no matter what you do with it.”

Bone Dry Gin is now available from, the Archie Rose Cellar door and all good bars and bottle shops.

Bottle size: 700ml (24.3 standard drinks per bottle)

ABV 44%

RRP: $89.99

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