Distillery Botanica is set up on the perfect site for a Gin distillery. This Central Coast Distillery is located in Erina on a leafy 3 hectare site in a residential area. This space was once known as the Fragrant Gardens. The head distiller Philip Moore started out as a herbalist, initially taking over the gardens 10 years ago. Passion breeds success, for Philip has immersed himself in his passion for nature and his beautiful garden, utilising his knowledge to produce some highly regarded spirits.
Philip has already achieved great success globally, producing award winning gins and coffee liqueurs. We aren’t going to give too much away, but keep an eye on this distillery they have some exciting projects on the horizon. Moore’s love for botanicals are on display in the gin offered by the distillery, many of the ingredients coming from the incredible garden on site at the distillery.
Botanica Distillery is well worth visiting to enjoy the surrounds, to have a chat with Philip and to enjoy a tasting at the cellar door, which is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. We sincerely appreciated the time Philip took to explain the history of his life, products, brand and distillery.
Try the Dry Gin, a traditional style of gin that has taken a Gold medal at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. It is certainly worth its accolades. There is also the Distillers Cut to be enjoyed with a tonic. The Roots and Leaves Dry Gin is a contemporary gin showcasing flavours inspired by Philip’s Distillery garden.
It’s not all gin though. There are a variety of Liquers to enjoy, including the famous Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee liqueur, another award winner and a very popular spirit, for it it’s sold internationally and at plenty of bars we know. A great ingredient for everyone’s favourite, an espresso martini!
The site also hosts ‘Bar Botanica’, just a stones throw from the cellar door, serving some fantastic gelato utilising flavours from the garden. This is operated by the Mr Goaty Gelato team. The lemon Myrtle flavour we tried was outstanding! They also have food and coffees and the Garden is beautiful to sit in and enjoy your food. They also have a truck which can be used for weddings and events!
This was one of many highlights on our recent visit to the Central Coast. Not far from Sydney, plan a trip, book some accommodation and add Distillery Botanica to the itinerary.
Distillery and Bar Botanica
25 Portsmouth Road, Erina
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Lunch served until 2pm.
Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.