Pavlova Gin Just Hit This Distillery!

Pavlova Gin Just Hit This Distillery!

And this is your first taste

By Melissa Myrteza | 16th July 2020

When Giselle Pavolva gin crossed our path, we jumped at the opportunity to get our hands on this brand new bottle and test a tipple or two ourselves! Victoria has been dealt a hard hand lately and we think Melbournians deserve a drink, now more than ever. Meet Nosferatu Distillery, a hidden Melbournian cellar producing award-winning gin that has made its way into our local Brissy bars.

We had a chat to Rory Smith, one of the owners of Nosferatu Distillery to get to know their third gin release a little better. Alongside Head Distiller, Ben Bowles and Distillery Manager, Andrew Fitzgerald, they’ve been busy distilling! Having a weird case of déjà vu? They won Best Gin Bottle in the 2018 Australian Gin Awards for their Blood Orange gin, so you’ve likely seen these guys around!    


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Alrighty, let’s get to a bit of backstory with a quick general knowledge test. Why do we call this Aussie dessert Pavlova? In the making of one of Australia’s most iconic desserts, Pavolva came about as Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova, danced the famous Giselle Ballet. It’s a renowned romantic ballet, following the story of a peasant girl who dies of heartbreak after being tricked by a disguised nobleman. But like Giselle, revenge is best served cold and sweet, as her spirit returns.

Now that you know the history of the flavour, it’s time to take a virtual sip with us!

Taste Notes:

Nosferatu Blood Orange Gin is the basis of the Giselle, using a three stage Orange infusion and distillation process, including their unique use of Fenugreek (a plant supplemented for its libido enhancing effects). In post distillation, they use all-natural flavours to make a gin that tastes like Pavlova meringue base, without the fruit on top. Giselle has a delicious creamy, vanilla and meringue flavour, with a toffee and burnt crust finish. Albanian juniper is the basis, once again, which makes it a gin like no other!


Try straight or with a light tonic water and a fresh strawberry to garnish. Or if you’re brave, replace the tonic with soda water! Like all Pavlovas, it’s up to you to choose the best fruit to garnish Giselle.

Game enough to give it a go? Let us know your thoughts afterwards!

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North, South, East and West. Where can you sip on Nosferatu Giselle gin in Brisbane?

Aquitaine Brasserie

Barolos Ristorante Italiano

Black Sheep Everton Hills

Black Sheep Newmarket

Black Sheep St Lucia

Black Sheep The Gap

Boardwalk Bistro on Hastings

Bottlemart Highgate Hill


Covent Garden

Cru Bar & Cellar

Death & Taxes

Embassy Cellars

Ferry Road Wine & Beer

Fitz and Potts

Happy Boy

Hillstone St Lucia

Local Larder and Wine Bar

Miss Demeanour

Moda Restaurant


Mrs Browns Bar & Kitchen

Muller Bros

Netherworld Arcade (Rage Tilt)

Quince Fromagerie Cellar

Sante Cocktail Bar

Savile Row

Spiros - Paddington Cellars

The Gresham

The Wine Emporium

Tippler's Tap James Street

See the full list of Nosferatu stockists here:


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Article by Melissa Myrteza

Mel always has one eye on the grooviest happenings around town and the other one on the best foodie hotspots. When she’s not crossing another country off her bucket list, she’s either reading, eating Genkotsu Ramen or sippin’ on a glass of red.


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