This is Australia’s most awarded gin!
We love it at Atlas when we feel a real connection with a gin brand, and The West Winds, is most certainly, one of those!
Elaine, Atlas’ owner, went to live and work in Australia, in 2015, and on her first trip there, she and her husband, Mark, came across this brand.
Having made contact with the West Winds Team, and being the first bar in Manchester to stock the brand, one of the founders, Jez Spencer, and World Award Winning Cocktail Maestro, Jason ‘Jacki’ Chan, came to Atlas, in summer 2015.
Not only did they launch the gin here, but gave our team a fantastic, and memorable Masterclass!
Jez, and the other three founders of The West Winds Gins, Jason, Paul and James, just wanted to create a ”damn fine Gin from Australia.”
The Sabre and The Cutlass, were their first two gins, and then came The Broadside.
The Cutlass is a beautifully aromatic gin, with a unique Australian character. The brands name is a tribute to the ocean breezes, used for centuries to help sailors cross the Indian Ocean to the west coast of Australia.
The Cutlass is distilled in small batches using Margaret River Water as well as, combining traditional juniper alongside some uniquely Australian elements, including cinnamon myrtle, lemon myrtle, and Australian bush tomato. Like The Sabre, The Cutlass is also named after a sword.
Jez and Jacki introduced us to this gin being served with a premium tonic and tomato, as a garnish! With the salt water used in this gin, it really works!
At 50% alcohol by volume the Cutlass also comes into its own in a dirty Martini and we make a mean one!
We are really proud to have all of The West Winds offer, within our GinBible, and feel honoured to have hosted the team here in Manchester.