The secret to The West Winds story is buried within the name. The wind and the waves are at the heart of the brand, honouring the ocean breezes that brought sailors and explorers across the Indian Ocean to the West Coast of Australia.
Established in 2010 and located in Margaret River, Western Australia - an area famous for its fantastic surf and excellent food and wine, The West Winds Gins were created with an aim to rival the best in the world. The gins are small batch distilled in Pugwash, West Winds’ custom made 600 litre copper pot still and over 50% of the botanicals used are indigenous to Australia. These are then combined with more traditional botanicals and ingredients, like locally grown fresh lemon, lime peel and fresh coriander.
All three gins; The Sabre, The Cutlass and The Broadside have been awarded Australia’s Champion Gin at Australia’s premier spirits competition, as well as picking up multiple international accolades.
The West Winds Gin The Sabre 700ml
The Sabre is the perfect gin for explorers looking for a new world appreciation of finely crafted gin. This is West Winds take on a London Dry Gin with a citrus collision of native Australian botanicals, like exotic Lemon Myrtle and Wattleseed perfectly blended with Juniper.
THE SABRE G&T
Pour a healthy measure (30ml-ish) of The Sabre into glass Add 5 measures of tonic Add ice to chill it down Garnish with the zesty slice of lemon.
Silver Medal London Dry category, Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) 2017
Gold & Champion Gin - Australian Distilled Spirits Awards 2015
Gold Medal - San Francisco Spirits Competition 2011
The West Winds Gin The Cutlass 700ml
The Cutlass is a gin for seasoned adventurers who are familiar with the wild intricacies and vast possibilities of finely crafted gin. As West Winds New World Gin, its special blend combines traditional Juniper with some unique Australian treasures such as Cinnamon Myrtle and Native Bush Tomato. Handcrafted, small batch is the key to its delicacy.
THE CUTLASS COCKTAIL
Add 50ml The West Winds Gin The Cutlass into a cocktail shaker Add 20ml lime juice Add a heaped barspoon of Roses Lime Marmalade Add 3 basil leaves Add ice and shake like a ship’s bell at morning’s watch Double strain into a rocks glass Garnish with a basil leaf and enjoy.
Silver Medal New World/Contemporary category - Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) 2017
Champion Gin - New York Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016
Gold Medal & Champion Gin - Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) 2016
Gold Medal - San Francisco Spirits Competition 2016
Silver Medal - San Francisco Spirits Competition 2015
The West Winds Gin The Broadside Navy Strength 700ml
The boldest of the West Winds fleet, The Broadside is a Navy Strength gin (58%), made to honour the most brazen, aggressive and fearless of naval war tactics where warships released a close-range barrage of firepower from every gun along one side of the hull. This Navy Strength gin is as bold and brutish as this manoeuvre.
Its firepower comes from the delicious Sea Parsley seasoned with Margaret River sea salt. The Broadside Gin may be the first spirit in the world to apply seawater to its core, showing intense tones of sea salt and lifted citrus notes. The Broadside’s higher alcohol percentage amplifies the aroma of the botanicals and is a perfect example of what high proof spirits can offer.
DIRTY MARTINI FOR THE SALTY DOG
Measure 60ml The Broadside, 10ml Dry Vermouth + 10ml olive brine into your mixing glass Prepare a set of three Sicilian olives in a toothpick for your garnish Stir your Martini to bring it down to appropriate dilution, it’s your call Strain into a chilled cocktail glass Add garnish and you’re ready to set sail.
Champion Gin & Gold Medal Navy Strength category - Australian Distilled Spirit Awards (ADSA) 2017
Double Gold - San Francisco Spirits Competition 2017
Bronze Medal Navy Strength and New World category - Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) 2016
Gold & Champion Gin - New York International Spirits Competition 2015
Silver Medal Contemporary Gin category - Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) 2015