It’s been two years since Wise Winery released a special Corrigin Gin as part of its seven-town regional gin series, and now the town’s locals have another delicious tipple to taste. The Eagle Bay-based winery is poised to release a special gin honouring 100 years of the Corrigin Agricultural Show, with the drink set to be unveiled at the event on September 9. The revealing of the is just one of the attractions at this year’s event, which also features farm machinery, local crafts, fashion parades, and the Dyson Jones Corrigin Shears. For 30 years, Wise has been industry leaders in expressing the regional characteristics and botanicals of WA, whether that be through wine production or gin production. Wise Wine is a family-owned winery located in Eagle Bay and added gin to its menu in February 2021 — when it released the “most regional selection of gins ever produced in WA”. The brainchild of Greg Garnish — who recently finished up at Wise Wine in Dunsborough — the seven gins were designed to utilise the unique plant life and botanicals as the base for a gin to celebrate each of these seven towns. Doing so was no mean feat, with Wise Winery staff travelling 4500km across regional WA to these seven towns and meeting fascinating characters and discovering beautiful botanicals along the way. He created seven Outback Gins from botanicals located in each of those towns — including Dangin hakea from Dangin, Gingin Gem from Gingin, and Melaleuca Accuminata from Wagin. Other towns featured included Narrogin, Corrigin, Muntadgin and Badgingarra. The Corrigin Gin features a feather flower and tea tree Melaleuca as the base botanicals to create a spicy blend of citrus and herbal notes — with about 1000 bottles sold. Mr Garnish said the new gin was similar but “a little more fruity” than the original, and available to buy from the Wise exhibit at the Corrigin Agricultural Show and the Corrigin Hotel. “Of the seven towns we did, we met so many wonderful people that we became friends,” he said. “Creating the gin and being involved in the show was really just a selfish excuse to head back out there. . . and on work time. “We are redoing the Corrigin Gin, but it will be different with a little more fresh fruit to make it a bit softer than the original.” Those tasting the Corrigin Gin will find themselves “tasting a bit of the countryside”. “The botanicals are synonymous with Corrigin,” he said. Mr Garnish said his passion for Corrigin was driven by the amazing people he met in the town, which nearly a year to the day after the gin was released was nearly destroyed by the raging Shackleton-Corrigin bushfire. The blaze laid ruin to four houses, 44 non-residential properties and more than 40,000ha of farmland and bush during the first weekend in February 2021. “The people in the town are just amazing,” he said. “And it really does have one of the best country pubs in WA.” Pre orders of the Corrigin Gin have gone live on the Wise Winery website and additional bottles will be available to buy at the Corrigin Hotel and the Wise Winery exhibit at the Agricultural Show. The Corrigin Agricultural Show will be held on September 9.