Jozi’s first artisan distillery by Mirari Gin
The City of Gold’s first artisan distillery is nestled in the heart of Johannesburg’s trendy Maboneng precinct...
Established in 2013, Time Anchor Distillery is a place where creativity and science merge into the harmonious, delicate creation of hand-made and distinctly artisanal spirits – including their unique and fragrant Mirari Gin Range, created by Chief Distiller Shanna-Rae Wilby. While spirits have a masculine image, Wilby is one of the significant women who are changing this narrative. She heads up a distillery that has progressed from a 100 litre holding capacity to 100 000 litres since its founding. It is an astonishing progression in a few short years.
In a recent trend reveal consumers with discerning palettes are turning towards the artisanal – seeking hand-made craft beer, coffee and spirits, created using traditional methods and enlivened by modern creativity. Within this movement, the image of gin has shifted, from standard gin and tonics, solely flavoured by lemon garnishes, to the epitome of modern luxury with a bespoke quality. Locally, consumers are moving over to luxurious artisan gins infused with a range of fragrant botanicals and made in South African micro-distilleries.
The Mirari Gin range has three variants, each with their own unique signature. TAD’s Amber African Botanical Gin bears the mark of 13 botanicals that includes multiple botanicals that are indigenous to South Africa, including, Honeybush, Rose Geranium, Sour Figs and Boekenhout Honey. Each 500l litre batch of their Pink Damask Rose Gin, on the other hand, is distilled with over 1000 damask roses, chamomile, grapefruit, cubeb berries, green cardamom, and subsequently infused with rose water. The Blue Orient Gin counterpart represents a traditional spiced gin, bearing the flavours of Cardamom, Grapefruit, Grains of Paradise, Ginger and Cassia Bark. Naturally coloured through the subtle infusion of blue pea flowers, the gin magically transforms from blue to pink when tonic is added.
This is bespoke artisanal gin that tells a story: created with passion and memorable to all, from their very first sip. It is artisanal and artistic, with bottles that bear a hand-written batch number as a testament to their handmade conception.
Serving a fragrant taste symphony, Mirari Gin is destined to become an international brand that transcends its local shores, but remains firmly South African in its flavours and roots: focused on innovation, inspired by curiosity and founded on the spirit of craftsmanship
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