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This Australian-Made Gin Is Donating Its Profits To Aid Bushfire Recovery Efforts In The Blue Mountains

The perfect Christmas gift for the gin-lover in your life

When the devastating bushfires spread across Australia earlier this year, many of the country’s important natural landscapes were destroyed. Of those, the iconic Blue Mountains Botanic Garden—the only botanic garden in Australia located within a UNESCO World Heritage Arealost hundreds of their unique collection when the fire ravished most of its site. 

Now, with the Christmas gifting season right around the corner, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah has teamed up with the award-winning local Blue Mountains Grown Gin to create a one-of-a-kind gin with 100 per cent of the profits being donated to help support the horticultural and science staff as they rebuild and restore this crucial collection. 

The Blue Mountains
The Three Sisters are pictured as smoke from scattered bushfires covers the horizon in December, 2019

Only 1,000 bottles of the limited-edition gin were created, with the aim of celebrating and capturing the beautiful and historic landscape. 

Crafted by Master Distiller Philip Moore, the gin features Eucalyptus pulverulenta—more commonly known as silver-leaved mountain gum—as its hero botanical.

“In creating a gin in homage to the Blue Mountains and the Garden, there was one botanical I was immediately drawn to, Eucalyptus pulverulenta, or Baby Blue as some people call it,” Moore said. “It brings fresh, cooling qualities to the gin much like the mountains themselves. It really has created a gin as magical as the place itself.” 

Reflecting on the hard year, Denise Ora, Chief Executive of Botanic Gardens Greater Sydney said it was important to acknowledge the local communities impacted by the Gospers Mountain fire—a forest fire that began in October 2019, which has since become the biggest forest fire to have started from a single ignition point in Australian history. 

“Collaborations like the Blue Mountains Grown Gin provide powerful opportunities to help regrow the area damaged by the bushfire but also help to celebrate the resilience of nature and our personal journeys towards recovery,” said Ora. 

Blue Mountains Grown Gin

Blue Mountains Grown Gin is available at from gardengrowngin.com.au and select bottle shops across Australia.

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