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Postby Squint » Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:55 am

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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby punkin » Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:30 pm

He also has a website, always wanted to check out his Jaffa Liquer if i'm ever up that way.


http://www.tamborinemountaindistillery.com/
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Postby mikejwoodnz » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:47 pm

Yes good sites - a lot of information applicable to Boutique Distilling. I wonder tho if he is producing his own neutral or buying it in ? as the site shows them making infusions etc for redistilling but no mention of a feed stock or fermenters for the neutral - Punkin please take a visit :wink: Still pics show a lot of detail - here is a couple of pics of his 300 litre still. He's retailing for $39 to $70 a bottle - tasting sessions $5 redeemable on $30+ purchases.

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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby punkin » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:09 pm

They state in the video that all their base spirit is made on premises from fruit. She says grapes or whatever she happens to have handy. It's in the absinthe section.

7 or 8 hours drive for me. Maybe better asking AE to run up there.
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby vb » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:30 pm

enjoyed the video, got me thinking of getting my licence.
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby Squint » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:42 am

Violentblue wrote:enjoyed the video, got me thinking of getting my licence.


To true VB, sure looks like an enjoyable way of making a living,
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Postby Adverse Effects » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:24 pm

i am going there next Monday and am looking forward to meeting the old hippy :D its been on my calender for just over a months when a friend told me about it

i am wondering if i should take some samples along and maby some pics you never know he may want to buy a new still off me :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Postby mikejwoodnz » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:53 pm

Adverse Effects wrote:i am going there next Monday and am looking forward to meeting the old hippy :D its been on my calender for just over a months when a friend told me about it

i am wondering if i should take some samples along and maby some pics you never know he may want to buy a new still off me :roflmao: :roflmao:


Stealth - look and learn :wink: Take pics, look at his condenser - ask about fermenting, run times, % ABV - how many runs ? etc etc - get drunk - report on the quality :roflmao:
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby punkin » Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:42 am

Investigate the Jaffa liquer in great detail for me please.

Ingredients and process.

Give him a link and tell him to drop by, he'd fit right in :8)
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby Adverse Effects » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:38 pm

ok i am back and have had a day to calm down

the first thing i have to say is dont bother going there its a shop and that is all

you have to drive down a small but very long dirt/rock driveway fully engulfed in trees to the point that a large 4X4 may get scratched getting through
it opens up on to a tiny car park (about 8 cars with sighs saying no bus tours)
first thing you see Image hmm that stand looks familiar and just off to the right of it is Image

looking down the way looks like this Image

once inside the shop (the building in the middle of the last pic) you step back to the 60's peace love and tiedye for all

to the right you are assalted with a cheeply made (slabs of wood distressed with a chainsaw to make them look old and well used) bar/counter and shelfs full of stock
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there is a table (pool table with what looks like a thickbed sheet and it still has the light hanging over it) in the back of the room with over priced crap all over it but one thing did catch my eye Image

awards and trophies are EVERYWHERE ImageImageImageImageImage
you get the idear?

so we (2 of us) payed for a tasting and it was nothing like i have ever seen/done
they say pick 5 bottles from the shelf
so you tell them the 5 you want to try
they go to an old fridge and get the bottled off the top or from in it depending on what storage they require
they then get 5 tiny 1/4 shot glasses and 1/4 fill them and expect you to share the tasting with a 2nd person so all in all you get about 2 drops of each of the 5 to try

we chatted to the bloke for a wile and then i asked if we could go and look around behind the scines where its all made
"oww no no not possible we consider that as owe privet little space just the same as a bed room we dont let anyone ever go in there"

as for what gos in to the drinks the best i could get was like "oww yes 3 different types of lemon" or "over 50 different herbs" and so on

so we start to walk around a bit and i spot a still through a window time to take a pic didnt cone out to well because of the thick dust on the glass and the flash
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with in about 2 seconds i had the hippy next to me (he came running out of the shop) telling my off and accusing me of spying on them and he demanded to see the pic,s i had just taken
not being my camera i borrowed it for the trip it took me about 2 min to put it in to view mode the hole time he is sort of reaching to grab the camera even though he never did grab it, i finally got the pic on the screen and you couldn't really make out anything so he said to delete it and then he escorted us to the car and waited till we had driven off

my conclusion for what i saw and what was said to me is as follows
1:- there is no way they have the room to ferment enough wash there to supply the amount of booz i saw walk out the door in the 2 hours i was there
2:- he was WAY to guarded about anyone seeing the back room stuff
3:- the still i saw (the one on there web site) dose not look like it has been cleaned since it was polished for the pic's to be taken for the web site
4:- the still i saw has brand new hoses and not a drop of water in them and no discoloration at all and a thick layer of dust all over them
there is no way you could get a truck full of any mashable substance let allown fruit down that driveway but a ute with a few barrels of 95.6% could easily make it

so all in all i ended up going home and getting drunk on some of my finest and it took me over a day to stop being mad at the way we where treated

in short

IN MY HONEST OPINION THIS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MARKETING STRATEGY TO SELL MASSIVELY OVER PRICED ITEMS AND I DON'T BELIEVE THEY MASH AND FERMENT THERE OWN STOCK OR DISTILL ANYTHING OTHER THEN WHEN TESTING NEW IDEA'S

hmm seems i haven't calmed down as much as i thought i had
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby kiwi » Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:54 pm

wow... thats quite damning....
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby mikejwoodnz » Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:36 pm

It's what I was suspecting as you can see from my post above. Many USA Boutique distilleries buy in NGS (neutral grain spirit) and add their own infusions and produce very good results. In New Zealand the same thing is done with alcohol produced from whey as a dairy bye product which is even more deceitful when marketed as a craft produced product. I do think he is a bit of a prick tho for marketing it as a totally crafted product. Karma will inevitably out him :cry:
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby punkin » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:54 am

See, told ya it was better to make AE go than me Mike :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :mg: :mg:







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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby mikejwoodnz » Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:04 am

punkin wrote:See, told ya it was better to make AE go than me Mike :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao: :mg: :mg:

SoWhatAboutTheJaffaThenPunkin


yeah but he didn't get pissed to test the quality :roflmao: - guess you'll still have to visit them.
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Re: Aussie distillery

Postby Adverse Effects » Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:34 am

punkin wrote:SoWhatAboutTheJaffaThenPunkin













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