World Renowned Poltergeist Gin Now Distilled in an Exciting New Home

When John Ibrahim facilitated the recent sale of Shene Distillery to Lark Distillery, the deal was a win-win for the Tasmanian whisky industry. Not only did the move provide Lark Distillery with a beautiful base, an impressive Cellar Door, a great deal of whisky under maturation and much needed expanded distilling opportunities, it also brought the superb Poltergeist Gin to Callington Mill Distillery.

Callington Mill Distillery, as part of the same sale, has acquired the rights and stock of Poltergeist Gin and as John Ibrahim was a shareholder in Shene Distillery and is the owner of Callington Mill, it feels like Poltergeist is coming home. The original “recipe” was developed by the incomparable Damian Mackey, some of our Leap of Faith series whiskies were also developed in collaboration with Damian. Callington Mill is extremely proud to be honouring the legacy of this multi award winning Gin.

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If you have not yet tried Poltergeist, you're in for a ghostly treat.

Robustly botanical and full-flavoured, Poltergeist is everything you want a gin to be. Handcrafted with local and globally sourced ingredients, Poltergeist offers a beautifully bold taste to discerning gin lovers everywhere. In addition to pure clean Tasmanian water, this uniquely flavoured gin is distilled with:

● Angelica
● Cardamom
● Cassia (cinnamon) bark
● Chinese liquorice root
● Coriander seeds
● Juniper
● Lemon peel
● Orris root
● Star anise
● Tasmanian grown lemon myrtle
● Tasmanian grown macadamia nuts
● Tasmanian grown mountain pepper berries

TASTING NOTES

With a bright, clear appearance, Poltergeist Gin provides an intriguing aroma of Australian lemon myrtle and sweet mixed citrus. At first sip, this oh-so pleasant gin offers a creamy mouthfeel that segues into fresh, woodsy tones before finishing into a slightly subtler citrus smoothness that lingers on the palate.

Nicks Wine Merchants describes Poltergeist Gin as a piney, sap-scented gin with a bouquet that breaks loose from the glass and deepens with air contact. Enjoy this gin straight to observe the way it enters the palate, with full botanical flavour that intensifies into warm pepper midway, before ending with graceful and savoury citrus notes.

Poltergeist is the only gin in the world to win platinum awards at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition platinum award two years* in a row. As if that weren't impressive enough, Poltergeist has also received:

2017 San Francisco World Competition Double Gold Award

2017 World Gin Awards Double Gold Award

2018 San Francisco World Competition Double Gold Award

2019 San Francisco World Spirit Competition Platinum Award*

2019 Singapore World Spirits Competition Gold Award

2020 San Francisco World Spirit Competition Double Gold Award

2020 San Francisco World Spirit Competition Platinum Award*

2020 World Gin Awards Gold Award

2021 San Francisco World Spirit Competition Gold Award

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2020 World gin Awards

Awarded Gold

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2017/2018 San Francisco World Competition

Awarded Double Gold

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2019/2020 San Francisco World Competition

Awarded Double Gold

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2019/2020 San Francisco
World Competition

 Awarded Platinum Twice

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2021 San Francisco
WorldCompetition

 Awarded Gold

How it's made

We start by macerating a dozen botanicals in copper pot stills for more than 20 hours before running the still an additional 12 to 14 hours to produce a bold, bright gin that comes in at a Blend in a shaker, or mix in a glass before garnishing with a twist of lemon or an olive. To make a classic Gibson, garnish with a cocktail onion. whopping 78 percent alcohol by volume. Once distilled, Poltergeist Unfiltered is diluted with pristine Tasmanian water to a palatable 46 percent ABV.

Many distillers filter their gin to prevent the natural clouding that occurs when gin comes in contact with water. Understanding that umpteen gin drinkers prefer a little louching, Poltergeist gin at Callington Mill Distillery is Unfiltered.

Technically known as "louching," ghosting is the natural result of botanical oils coming into contact with water. Louching may be visible in chilled bottles of gin, as well. This cloudy, milky, or opaque appearance happens because the anise, juniper, liquorice, and other aromatic oils that give Poltergeist its amazing flavour are not soluble in water. Louching doesn't alter the taste of world-class gin. In fact, many people prefer it.

At 46 percent alcohol by volume, this beautifully bold gin can be enjoyed on its own, especially when shared with good company after midnight. If neat gin isn't your preference, go ahead and mix it with tonic and garnish with an apple slice and a few black peppercorns.

This yummy cocktail is as delicious in wintertime as it is in summer. Here's how to make it:

Put 45 ml Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin, 15 ml dry cassis, 15 ml fresh lime juice, and one teaspoon of strawberry jam into a cocktail shaker. Agitate vigorously before straining the concoction into an iced highball glass. Top with club soda and garnish with sprigs of rosemary and mint.

If your experience with martinis extends only to the vodka variety, it's definitely time to try a classic dry gin martini. Shaken or stirred, the ingredients are simple and the results superb.

● 2 ½ ounces Poltergeist Gin
● ½ ounce dry vermouth
● 1 dash aromatic bitters

Blend in a shaker, or mix in a glass before garnishing with a twist of lemon or an olive. To make a classic Gibson, garnish with a cocktail onion.

The new home of Poltergeist Gin at Callington Mill Distillery, sits at 6 Mill Lane in Oatlands, Tasmania.
 If you have any questions about our award-winning whiskies and gins, contact us at +61 482 509 019, or send your email inquiry to info@callingtonmilldistillery.com.au