Well, it’s because the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of change in a good way.
For the next while I’m based on Melbourne professionally, which came about quite suddenly, so it was a case of packing up old life and hitting the highway.
Naturally, amongst my clothes and computer the gin and accessories got packed along with cocktail glasses and shakers.
I don’t plan to go thirsty whilst on tour.
You’ll be pleased to know that within 8 hours of driving nearly 1000km I made a beeline to a nearby distillery, Bass and Flinders in the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria (pictured left).
I had the pleasure of meeting the owners and getting a tour.
They make several fine gins (and a new vodka in the Swedish style) using water harvested from one of the most pure places on the planet at the end of Peninsula.
So stay tuned for a review of a couple of their fine spirits.
Don’t forget you can follow me on twitter @canberramartini for daily updates.
But I haven’t forgotten you, and have in the works the aforementioned gins, plus one on the West Winds Cutlass gin.
I’ve also been booked by award winning 10x Tractor restaurant to run a Martini masterclass for their team in early May.
Most exciting of all will be a review, more of a reflection really, of the influential book, Martini: A Memoir, by Frank Moorhouse. The author has offered to contribute to the blog from time to time, so that is quite an honour!
Update: you can read that here.
There has been a random selection of Martinis here & there, so ok, some not so great, and some places where I’ve had to teach the staff myself to get a decent drink.
So a few things to look forward to I hope, plus bar adventures in the cocktail capital of Australia.