Craft distilling company, Natural Distilling Co, are in high spirits as they introduce boutique Limonene Hemp Gin and Myrcene Hemp Vodka to the Australian market. Offering a uniquely Australian experience, Natural Distilling Co’s new range of bespoke spirits have distinctive aromatic and flavour qualities thanks to its hero ingredient, the Cannabis Sativa plant, commonly known as Hemp.
“Hemp as an ingredient is often touted as a super-food and super-plant, with countless environmental and nutritional benefits. Our aim is to only use sustainably, ethically and locally sourced ingredients, so Hemp was the perfect fit. Whilst you won’t get high from Hemp, the drinks yield an ultra-rich, citrus profile,” Explains Natural Distilling Co’s founder Rhys Staley.
These locally produced premium craft spirits are distilled with Hemp Terpenes. Terpenes are the essential oils that give hemp and cannabis its distinctive aromatic and flavour qualities.
The first batch of Hemp was sourced locally from Geelong, Australia, and the brand is looking forward to future batches which will use Hemp cultivated from the Founders hometown of Gippsland, Victoria. This is in line with Natural Distilling Co’s aim to proactively support grassroots business and communities. Each bottle is made from Australian grain, gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free and free from chemical additives, providing a natural hemp highlight.
The journey to reach today’s product, saw Natural Distilling Co’s team use a variety of nutritious local ingredients sourced only from local farms. This was required to refine each spirit and their unique profiles, before settling on a premium formulation.
“3 years ago, the first batch of craft spirits were created in a Gippsland farm shed, using my grandfather’s 55-year-old milk vat. We spent years learning, tinkering and tasting to develop and refine our offering. Once the use of the natural super-plant Cannabis sativa (Hemp) was legalised in November 2017, we applied for a licence to grow and the rest is history. But don’t worry, the drinks aren’t made in the milk vat anymore” Said Natural Distilling Co’s founder Rhys Staley.
THE BENEFITS OF HEMP
SAY GOODBYE TO CARBS: Hemp has basically no carbs, with less than half a gram of sugar per 20g.
SAFE: Unlike many foods we consume daily, hemp seeds don’t burden your body with toxins, allergens or GMO’s.
SUSTAINABLE: Hemp is an environmentally friendly plant that actively returns CO2 to the earth at an accelerated rate. Hemp grows without needing herbicides or pesticides and require less water than wheat, rice or soy.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: Organic terpene compounds in hemp and cannabis show distinct properties believed to prevent inflammation.
BETTER FOR YOUR BELLY: Hemp protein is gluten-free with a complete Amino Acid profile and Hemp is more digestible than other forms of protein like Soy.
SUNSHINE VITAMIN: Hemp is the only known plant food source of the bone-building Vitamin D3.
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: Growing hemp requires less water than wheat, rice or soy. Each ton of hemp cultivated captures around 1.63 tons of carbon from the air. Put simply hemp sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere at an accelerated rate, then actively returns it to the earth. When it comes to growing food crops, hemp is one of the best for the environment. It’s naturally resistant to pests, which means no insecticide, pesticide or herbicide. Hemp also grows very tightly spaced. This not only means that you can use farmland in a more sustainable and productive way, but it also naturally starves out nearby weeds by depriving them of sunlight.
NATURAL DISTILLING CO’S HEMP GIN: Natural Distilling Co’s Hemp Gin is made using limonene, one of the main organic compounds found in cannabis plants. The limonene adds an ultra-rich profile to the spirit, mingling alongside notes of juniper, mandarin and lime, and finishing with soft spice. Limonene is also found in citrus peel and is said to have anti-inflammatory properties which can be used to relieve stress and naturally decrease anxiety and depression.
NATURAL DISTILLING CO’S HEMP VODKA: Natural Distilling Co’s Hemp Vodka focuses on the organic compound myrcene which is a powerful organic compound representing up to 50% of Cannabis’ terpene profile. Myrcene Hemp Vodka presents crisp notes of lavender and lemongrass, with a soft mid-palate finish. In clinical trials, Myrcene has shown properties that can aid sleep, reduce pain and inflammation.
Natural Distilling Co Hemp Gin and Hemp Vodka can be ordered via pre-order at a discounted rate online now with the first small batch release, arriving late October 2019. 700ml bottles are priced at RRP $70 and $86 from naturaldistillingco.com.au. A Hemp Rum, along with another first to market product line is currently in development.
*Natural Distilling Co does not make claims about alcohol having any possible health benefits.
**The health benefits of hemp and the various terpenes are widely published however further scientific research needs to be done to show that these same health benefits are translated directly to the finished spirit.
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ABOUT NATURAL DISTILLING CO
Natural Distilling Co create bespoke spirits from locally and sustainably sourced super foods in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. Natural Distilling Co was born in 2016, when a group of lively country kids came together, with a shared dream of creating a legacy of premium, ethical, respected products sourced from grassroots communities. Once the use of Cannabis sativa or Hemp, was legalised in November 2017, the team quickly started experimenting and the rest is history. The blend of innovation and relentless pursuit of excellence is reflected in the taste and quality of Natural Distilling Co’s spirits. Their quest continues to share the benefits of Hemp and natural ingredients with Australia’s network of passionate supporters.