Gin — it’s in the name. Seven WA towns now have their very own gins — among them, Narrogin and Wagin. Wise Wines distiller Greg Garnish has been floating the idea of making a gin for WA’s “gin” towns for six years now. This year it has become a reality, with Wise producing a range of gins inspired by the towns of Narrogin, Wagin, Corrigin, Muntadgin, Dangin, and Badgingarra. Mr Garnish said after becoming the first in WA to make a Gin Gin gin, it seemed logical to travel to outback “gin” towns to discover and use some of their unique botanicals. “What I thought could potentially be a bit of a boring journey turned out to be just amazing as soon as you start to meet some of the locals and research the history of the town,” he said. “Wagin was amazing. The Shire helped introduce us to the people who knew a lot about the floral diversity of the land.” Mr Garnish said the team’s experience in Narrogin was much the same. “We were so lucky to come across Doug Sawkins, who looks after Foxes Lair — he was one of the heroes of the whole journey,” he said. “He’s just a humble man who has this passion for botany and showed us so much.” Mr Garnish and his team brought about 70 botanicals back to their Eagle Bay distillery from the seven towns. “We then distilled each botanical individually and had a smell and a taste of each one,” he said. “We narrowed it down to about 12 which we use in each of our gins.” The Wagin gin uses melaleuca acuminata as its key ingredient. Commonly known as malee honeymyrtle, the shrub is generally found in mallee woodland and imparts bright floral and citrus notes. Narrogin gin features manna wattle, an acacia shrub that has yellow flowers from March to August and gives the gin herbal and citrus notes. Mr Garnish said he wanted to create local gins from locally foraged botanicals. “The botanicals we’ve selected are ones that are almost 100 per cent indigenous to that particular area,” he said. “Some of these places there are plants that aren’t found any-where else in the world. “Part of this challenge is to connect our gin production to the land and then see how we can work with farmers to give them another revenue stream of growing native botanicals.” The gins were officially launched on Australia Day. “We’re hoping to throw a party in each of the towns, to thank the town and show them the gin,” he said. “That's definitely going to be a highlight, getting everyone dressed up, having a few gin and tonics and having a laugh”.