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Australian coastal gin Never Never Distilling Co.
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Never Never Distilling Co releases Oyster Shell Gin

Sure, gin is great, but have you ever tried a gin made from oyster shells?

Written by
Lacey-Jade Christie

If you thought gin couldn’t get any better, Never Never Distilling Co has upped the ante. Made of Kangaroo Island oyster shells, the Dark Series Oyster Shell Gin tastes like waves rolling in on a hot summer day and salt glistening on that summer tan. It tastes, in short, like summer. 

Never Never Distilling Co is a relatively new distillery based in McLaren Vale. First launching into the Australian market three years ago with their Triple Juniper Gin, founders Sean Baxter, George Georgiadis and Tim Boast have since expanded their catalogue to include seven different gins, with Oyster Shell the most recent addition.

The South Australian-based team were known to consume a lot of Kangaroo Island oysters and were left with the issue of what to do with the shells. Choosing to include them in the distilling process, rather than adding them to landfill, adds a subtle sea salt spray to the gin. Botanicals including Tasmanian wakame, native coastal daisies and citrus zest from marsh grapefruits complete the recipe. 

The inclusion of the oyster shells makes it one of only a few oyster shell-based gins worldwide. Never Never Distilling Co recommends a Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic and a lime leaf garnish for a simple G&T in their signature Oyster Shell Martini. Buy Oyster Shell Gin via the website

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