Looking for a change from corporate life and being lovers of good gin Catherine Crothers along with husband Gary Jago set about creating their Big Tree Distillery in Newham in the Macedon Ranges over five years ago. In that time, they have gone on to win several National and International awards for their farm distilled gin, made at Jack’s Springs Farm.
The farm and tasting room is situated in a very picturesque part of the Macedon Ranges with views to die for, especially through the huge window where visitors can sit, relax and absorb nature, while trying the variety of gins available with names like Elegant Dry, Claude Navy Strength, A Seasonal Gin, Ruby’s Elderflower Gin Liqueur, Sloe Gin and a Tin of Gin – just to make things even more interesting.
The bottles themselves are pieces of art to savour, designed by local artist Sarah Gabriel with limited editions of each piece in the series. On arrival visitors may be greeted by several, large, lazy looking dogs who seem to be totally relaxed in their environment.
It’s a bit of a trek to reach the farm, but well worth the effort and along the way you have a tour through this lovely property to round out a day in the country. The distillery isn’t open full time, but the tasting room is open until Christmas for a limited time only, so it is advisable to call ahead to make sure Catherine and Gary are there to greet you. This may change in 2020 when Big Tree Distillery will be open for special event days and on some weekends. Visit the website and subscribe to their newsletter to keep posted on what’s coming up and special open days and new releases.
Jack’s Springs Farm, home of Big Tree Distillery is on Hennerbergs Road, Newham – full directions of how to find it are on the website http://bigtreedistillery.com.au