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Twenty Third St Distillery, Renmark

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Published November 5th 2020
A range of tasting experiences on offer
Having started its life as Chateau Tanunda, in 1914, the historic building on the corner of Renmark Avenue and Twenty Third Street is now home to a distillery.

Twenty Third Street Distillery in Renmark
Twenty Third Street Distillery in Renmark

The building itself exudes character and charm. The original, huge concrete wine storage bins, old copper stills and chunky timber beams are softened by the recent addition of shiny, rose-coloured copper pipes and lots of sparkling glass.

Inside the Twenty Third Street Distillery
Inside the distillery

The bar offers a bountiful array of prime spirits, in different varieties, of gin, whiskey, vodka, rum and brandy.

Prime spirits at Twenty Third Street Distillery
Prime spirits

A collection of pretty garnishes are on hand nearby to add complement to drinks.

Garnishes galore at Twenty Third Street Distillery
Garnishes galore

The distillery offers a range of tasting experiences, tours and mixing masterclasses which makes it an educational establishment, don't you think?

I chose to learn more about Gin on my recent visit and chose a 'Heart and Soul' Gin flight as my practical experiment. I spent a salubrious time comparing and contrasting the aromas and tastes of spices and botanicals with, and without, the addition of ice, tonic and garnishes. Juniper, mandarin, lime, cardamom, vanilla and honey were just some of the piquant flavours I enjoyed.

Gin Tasting Flight
Gin Tasting Flight

Whiskey, Rum and Brandy are also available to taste as well as a selection of craft beer.

Beer selection at Twenty Third Street Distillery Renmark
Beer selection

Twenty Third Street offers gourmet, wood-oven pizzas and light snacks, as well as a full dinner menu incorporating spirit flavours, local indigenous ingredients, international influences and family-friendly choices.

My tasting-flight partner ordered Halloumi Bruschetta with cherry tomatoes, capers and olives on chargrilled Turkish bread.

Haloumi Bruschetta at Twenty Third Street Distillery Renmark
Haloumi Bruschetta at Twenty Third Street Distillery Renmark

I ordered Pan-Seared Squid with chorizo, cherry tomatoes, capers and chilli.

Both dishes were chosen from the 'Something Light' menu and cost $15 and $16 respectively. We expected something along the lines of bar snacks and were surprised by the generous serves that arrived.

Pan Seared Squid at Twenty Third Street Distillery Renmark
Pan Seared Squid

Despite feeling quite satiated after my 'Something Light' option I decided to further indulge in education and learn about a Turkish Delight Cocktail.

Turkish Delight Martini at Twenty Third Street Distillery Renmark
Turkish Delight Martini

I watched as Riverland Rose Vodka was shaken with Creme de Cacao and ice then poured over a slice of Turkish Delight. As I prepared to enjoy the subtle flavour and rosy tint of rose petals I was filled with gratitude that I had been gifted such a love for learning.
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Why? A learning experience involving guided tastings and distillery tours.
When: Mon-Wed & Sun 10am-4pm Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm
Phone: 08 8586 8500
Where: Corner of Renmark Avenue and Twenty Third Street, Renmark South Australia 5341
Cost: $15 for a Gin Tasting
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