Taranaki home to the new goddess of gin

“I love gin,” says Jo. “It’s been a favourite drink of mine since I was a teenager and I’ve always loved to cook. So what we’re doing with Juno is like a recipe for happiness—we’re able to play with flavour and create a product that I genuinely love.”

Experiments with flavour profiles and distilling techniques began on their kitchen bench using a two-litre copper still, which they affectionately christened Willy. As they refined the Juno recipe, a 10-litre still titled Jenny took their labour of love to the next level.

Eventually, Dave put his engineering background to work by designing, from scratch, a 400-litre still called Lila, built collaboratively with the Taranaki engineering firm Rivet. Today Lila can produce a whopping 450 700ml bottles of gin per day and, with word spreading about this Taranaki gem of gins, it shouldn’t be long before Lila is working at full capacity.

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