Forager 1: 'A peculiarly earthy aperitif'
$49 / 24% ABV / 700mL
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Forager 1 is our debut in-house spirit creation. Distilled and bottled in Melbourne, Forager 1 is a bittersweet liqueur made with a blend of dried oranges, roasted Wattleseed and earthy roots. These native and exotic botanicals are infused in spirit distilled from Australian sugar cane and blended with a spot of earthy red wine.
Creation of a bittersweet aperitif
We embarked on creating our own spirit as a little challenge for ourselves. We started with orange peels infused in cane spirit. Gradually we added one botanical at a time, trialling everything we could find... including our neighbour's curry tree, wild dandelions and our very own backyard grown Lemon Myrtle and Lilly Pilly. After countless drowsy tasting nights and plenty of failed experiments, we settled on "E1v2+S1:1", later renamed Forager 1.
Recycling one empty bottle at a time
Creating our own spirit also helped solve one of our pet hates - waste! When we make our tasting flights, we generate a lot of empty glass bottles. Although these get responsibly recycled, we knew there had to be a better use for them.
So instead of buying new bottles for Forager 1, we've also foraged the damn bottles themselves from our very own tasting set production line. We strip the labels off (sometimes easier said than done) and give them a hardcore hot rinse before a quick polish to rejuvenate them back to life.
This means your bottle of Forager 1 might look different to another. Yep, this is what they say to avoid in 'Marketing 101', but for us sustainability wins and we hope you'll enjoy the peculiarities of your own bottle!
Forager in a cocktail
Forager 1 is great neat or mixed. Here are some of our favourite cocktail recipes stolen from cocktail bars around Melbourne.
Where can I buy Forager 1?
You'll find Forager 1 behind the bar or on the shelf at these venerable institutions:
Bars and Bottle Shops
St LuJa Cocktail Bar (St Kilda, VIC)
White Oaks Saloon and Dining (Prahran, VIC)
Bad Frankie (Fitzroy, VIC)
Leonards House of Love (South Yarra, VIC)
Stoke House (St Kilda, VIC)
Otter's Promise (Armadale, VIC)
Bar Ampere (Melbourne, VIC)
Neptune Food and Wine (Prahran, VIC)
Toorak Cellars (Armadale, VIC)
Blackhearts and Sparrows (all stores in VIC)
White Possum (click the buy button below!)
Dan Murphy's Online