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What's In A Name? Elkisir

What's in a name? You might have wondered about the name of our gin so here's a little background. Eliksir [noun]- derived from Middle English, from the Arabic al-ʾiksīr, meaning a liquid or tonic to grant eternal life, the secret to good health and the remedy for all ills. In Norse mythology eliksir is the ambrosia or nectar of the gods. I think you'll agree our gin is certainly the nectar of the gods. Tumbarumba provides all the freshest ingredients, the sublime atmosphere and the perfect alchemy to create our Eliksir Gin.

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Let's talk tonic

Some people make a big fuss about tonics and given they are an integral part of the way in which most of us consume our gin I can see why. Here's 10 fun facts about this bitter thirst quencher!1) Tonic is a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigour or well-being and is synonymous with 'refreshing' 2) It comes from Greek root word 'tonikos' meaning 'invigorating'. 3) Tonic water is carbonated water infused with quinine, an extract derived from the bark of the South American Cinchona plant.  4) The South American indigenous peoples used the healing properties of the bark to treat fevers. 5) Spanish soldiers and Jesuit priests brought it back to the old world where it later became the...

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Meet the makers at Ladbroken Distilling Co.

It's probably about time we introduced ourselves fully. We are hoping that some day in the near future you will be able to visit us at our premises. Neil Ladbrook is the our head distiller, engineer and craftsman. Handy on the tools and the driving force behind getting started on this new adventure. Escaping the IT world for the world of whisky, wood and workmanship Neil is busy brewing, sparging, malting and smoking to ensure he gets just the right flavour profile to capture the spirit of the High Country.  Robbie Ladbrook is the gincrafter and botanicals expert who’s background in science and education is the reason we are busy planting three acres of demonstration foraging gardens onsite in Tumbarumba. She dreams of establishing...

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What's the story behind the name Ladbroken?

This is a question we get asked a lot so I thought I would share the origins here. Neil comes from a family of mechanical engineers who fancy themselves as pretty handy with the tools and good at fixing things around the house. After plenty of cursing and banging however things are usually so well "fixed" that a trip to the hardware store is necessary in order to buy a new one. The kids groan and say "Dad, you've Ladbroken it haven't you?" Perseverance pays off and it all works out in the end. So of course when it came time to choose a name for our new adventure we all agreed this would be it. We are the Ladbroken clan...

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