Bowden Cellars – Kangaroo Island Spirits Masterclass

“I can’t wipe the Gin off my face!” KI Spirits..


“An alcoholic liquor obtained by distilling neutral spirit with juniper berries or
A alcoholic beverage that tricks you into thinking you can dance” KI Spirits..

We recently attended a Kangaroo Island Spirits Masterclass, held at Bowden Cellars, Plant 3.

Tickets included

  • 90 minute tasting through selected K.I.S products and finished with a special Mulberry Gin K.I.S cocktail.
  • Cheese Plate
  • $10 voucher to spend after the class

Kangaroo Island’s award-winning South Australian distillery masterclass, showcased Kangaroo Island spirits in the city. KIS wanted to give those who can’t make it across to Kangaroo Island an opportunity to sample their spirits and discover ways to utilise premium spirits.

The evening session aimed to educate guests on the origins and methods of production of Kangaroo Island Spirits. These Masterclasses have been designed by Jon and Sarah Lark from KIS, who established Australia’s first boutique Gin distillery in 2006. Jon and Sarah have stayed on with the business as a brand ambassadors following its sale to Founders First.

The Larks were originally inspired to make Gin which reflected the landscape they live in on Kangaroo Island. For example, the KIS O’Gin is influenced by the infusion of coastal daisy bush found on the island called ‘Olearia axillaris’ which imparts sweet piney notes. The volatile oils of this plant also have notes of tropical fruits. In the O’Gin, it marries with the juniper and is spiced with Asian long and cubeb peppers. This bold savoury Gin is balanced with fresh South Australian oranges. The O’Gin highlights juniper, coriander & angelica root in a contemporary London style. KIS O’Gin recently won the Contemporary Style Gin Trophy at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London – the only Australian brand to do so in its 50-year history. KIS have since added vodka and liqueurs to their lineup.

The masterclass at Bowden Cellars, was opportunity to taste some of KIS best Gin, the variety of options for tasting included:





Along with a grazing platter prepared by the kitchen team, which was the perfect addition to the tasting table.

It was a unique experience, allowing us to delve into the fascinating world of Gin. KI Spirits range of traditional and native botanicals which are sourced on the Island. The Gin education and tasting session was led by an experienced member of the KIS Team, Georgia Kaluza, who guided us through a very comprehensive history of Gin and why KI Spirits are so passionate about Gin. We learnt about the supply of all single botanical distillates and what’s involved in blending Gin.

Wild Gin: is distilled uniquely with ‘Boobialla’, Kangaroo Island native juniper. Notes include; fresh local limes balanced with the perfume of eau de cologne mint picked from their garden and finished with the warmth of hand harvested pink pepper corns.

Old Tom Gin: is lightly aged for a short period in small re-charred French oak barrels. Old Tom is hand batched in small quantities. The addition of native local aniseed and lemon myrtles add sweet characters to this classic old style Gin. First created to serve at The Tasting Australia Origins Dinner in 2014, KIS Old Tom has gone on to be a champion Gin around the world.

Limoncello: Made with fresh home-grown island Lemon peel, using the traditional Italian method. KI Limoncello imparts the zesty freshness of the skin without the sourness of the pith of flesh.

Mulberry Gin: The historic mulberry tree on Kangaroo Island was the inspiration for KI spirits take on a Sloe Gin. Naturally sweet and boldly tart, rich and smooth mulberry flavours that distinguish this elegant Gin.

Mulberry Bramble Cocktail:

30ml of KIS Mulberry Gin

1 heaped teaspoon of Berry Jam

15ml of Lemon Juice

Soda Water to top

Bowden Cellars is in community focused retail liquor outlet and wine-bar, showcasing unique South Australian, emerging and alternative producer varietals of Wine, along with Craft-Beer and Spirits. Dale Wostikow and Josh Voigt, launched their independent bottle shop Bowden Cellars in Plant 3. The duo are the founders of Adelaide Wine Markets, which hold wine events at the Market Shed on Holland.

As you enter Bowden Cellars, the retail wine and wine bar is on the left and down the back. On the right is the kitchen with food from the mobile food van CARŌ Club team, who share the space and wanted to set up a bricks and mortar option with their CARŌ Club kitchen.

Bowden Cellars regularly hosts tastings and meet-the-maker gatherings, which may happen at ground level, in the licensed section outside.. or on the mezzanine above the shop, where we enjoyed the KI Spirits masterclass.

Bottle-shop Trading hours:

Open 7 days 10am-9pm

Wine Bar:

Wed-Sun 10am til Late

Kitchen (Caro Club):

Wed/Thurs 5-9pm (Dinner), Fri-Sun 12-9pm (Lunch-Dinner)

Words by Jacqueline Collett

WHERE: Red Shed Lane, Bowden


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