Jane Walkenhorst turns her love of gin into artisan business Riot & Rose

Riot & Rose’s first bottles hit the shelves in March and already the brand has gained momentum nationwide and piqued interest overseas. A Marlborough craft gin company which set out to replace “stuffy” rules of how gin should be consumed, with modern vibrancy and fun, has proved a hit with gin drinkers around the country. […]

Pickering’s marks Edinburgh Military Tattoo with new gin

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Gin is made with the base of Pickering’s along with four additional Scottish botanicals – heather, Scots pine, bog myrtle and milk thistle. “Our partnership with The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has opened opportunities in Australia and New Zealand and Asia is also in the offing. We hope our collectable half bottle will delight […]

Young chef’s last foraged berries used in memorial gin

The tiniest of gin productions has captured the memory of a young chef at a top restaurant who died suddenly in Blenheim in March. Just ten 200ml bottles of The Foraging Chef exist. The gin was made from kawakawa berries gathered by 25-year-old Swiss chef Manuel Rabl just before he died. The berries were dried, batch distilled, mixed with other distilled items […]

Craft spirits on the rise in New Zealand

The worldwide craft beer phenomenon has paved the way for craft spirits. With a boom in premium products overseas, from Japanese whiskies to British gins, trailblazing Kiwi distillers are taking inspiration from the land, forging alcohol with ingredients such as manuka and homegrown malted barley – creating a taste that is uniquely New Zealand. We explore some of the country’s best multi-award […]

NZ gold medal winning Rogue Society Gin launches in Australia

Rogue Society, a highly regarded and versatile artisan dry gin coming out of New Zealand, has recently made it’s Australian debut, travelling across the ditch to bring the ever-growing domestic market something refreshingly classic yet modernised for contemporary trends. “It was about creating a gin from the bottom of the world that turns tradition upside […]

Begin Distilling – gin distillery in the heart of New Plymouth

Dave and Jo James have three core business values: make it fun, make it together and make it right. The Taranaki couple are on the cusp of launching their line of boutique London-style gin, distilled in New Plymouth using ingredients grown and sourced in Taranaki and throughout New Zealand. Their “make it right” attitude comes from their experience working […]

Drinks: John Saker reviews two new gins

The days of simply asking for a gin are over. The gin renaissance of the past several years has made the word almost as imprecise a generic term as wine, so stylistically varied has the category become. Opihr leads with piney, floral aromatics but the moment you put it in your mouth you’re transported to a backstreet bazaar […]

Dancing Sands toasts success from Kiwi products

American distiller Ben Bonoma  and his British wife Sarah are on a mission to make New Zealand famous around the world for its gin. They bought existing distillery equipment and now make around 200 bottles a day of Dancing Sands Vodka, Sacred Spring Dry Gin and barrel-aged gin. After launching to market early last year, the entrepreneurs are […]

Top summer cocktails from champion Kiwi mixologist Madeleine Tate

“I love gin, a gin and tonic is one of the best drinks you could ever order, I think,” says Madeleine Tate from across the rosy-pink tiled bar at Kindred, a chic and breezy new eatery in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Tate is 27, softly spoken and quite different from the showy, waistcoat-wearing, Tom-Cruise-in-Cocktail bottle spinning mixologist […]