Byron Bay-based Brookie’s Gin has launched its first batch of Shirl the Pearl, following the success of its 650-bottle taster run in May, which sold-out within a week.

The release of the new cumquat gin, inspired by a generational Brook family recipe, will mark the start of an ongoing, annual seasonal release. 

“This Gin is an ode to my Grandma who was known to her friends and family as ‘Shirl the Pearl’,” said Cape Byron Distillery co-founder and distiller Eddie Brook.

“My Mum (Pam) would tell me stories of Shirl’s notorious Cumquat Gin that was generously cracked open for her friends, or at various cocktail and dinner parties. This spirit is truly special and I’m sure Shirl would approve.”

Shirl the Pearl pairs the natural acidity and mild bitterness of Australian cumquats with Brookie’s Byron Dry Gin. It features tasting notes of orange blossom, mandarin and marmalade.

“Growing up, we had a cumquat tree in our front yard and my job as a 3-year-old was to pick each cumquat, prick each one and pop them in a jar. This sometimes took me days,” said Pam Brook.

“Upon reflection, I realise it was a genius way to keep a child occupied, but it remains a very fond memory of mine. I remember a large volume of gin would then appear in the house to make Shirl’s bootleg gin… don’t ask me where she got it from! 

“She would then patiently steep these cumquats in gin, waiting until the clear liquid turned golden. She was a true creative and innovator, and her ‘concoction’ has been perfectly recreated by my son, Eddie. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Shirl the Peal is now available to purchase from the Cape Byron Distillery online store as well as the cellar door for RRP $80.00.

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