The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Gin showcase: Which of these should you be stocking?

With its versatility and adaptability, gin has transcended generations and regions, inspiring countless cocktails and creative concoctions.

From the classic elegance of the G&T, to the timeless allure of the Martini, gin’s allure lies in its ability to elevate any cocktail experience.

In recent years, a gin renaissance has taken hold, with artisanal distillers and craft producers pushing the boundaries of flavour and innovation.

From small-batch distilleries experimenting with unique botanical blends, to innovative flavoured expressions, the world of gin offers a myriad of options for every palate.

Here are some of the innovative and flavourful choices in this month’s gin showcase…

Barrister Blue Gin, Czech Republic

Mixing two basic ingredients – orange peel and cardamom – is what gives Barrister Blue Gin its unique hue. Made in a vintage style with pharmacy-like accuracy and preciseness, this gin was created especially for the most popular cocktail – Gin & Tonic. Its awards include a gold medal in China and double gold at the New Zealand Spirits Awards.

40% ABV
RRP: $59.99
Distributor: Q-Liquid Ltd
Phone: (0800) 111 828

Dr Beak New Zealand Garden Gin, New Zealand

Fresh and sprightly like the pīwakawaka that adorns the label. Designed to be enjoyed on any occasion, this gin is juniper-forward and based around our seven core botanicals. A savoury expression of a London Dry with notes of fresh rosemary and mint, and a hint of horopito on the finish.

45.5% ABV
RRP: $70.00
Distributor: Tickety-Boo Liquor
Phone No.: (09) 377 7597

Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin with Californian Orange, Ireland

Distilled in the heart of Ireland, this artisanal gin combines the traditional flavours of gunpowder tea with the bright and zesty notes of Californian oranges, creating a bold and captivating flavour that’s truly one-of-a-kind. The gin’s unique infusion of botanicals creates a complex taste profile that’s perfect for sipping or mixing into your favourite cocktails. With its striking label and explosive flavour, Drumshanbo Gunpowder Californian Orange Gin is sure to leave a lasting impression.

43% ABV
RRP: $79.99
Distributor: Premium Liquor Co.
Phone: (09) 975 7432

Juno Extra Fine Gin, New Zealand

Juno Extra Fine Gin is an aromatic, full-flavoured gin with a complex yet clean finish. Juniper forward, hints of makrut lime and a little peppery heat. Made in Taranaki at Juno’s award-winning, zero waste distillery, this gin features locally grown botanicals and has won international and national recognition. Pairing well with Fever-Tree Mediterranean Tonic, it also sings with Elderflower or Cucumber, with garnishes of Lime, Orange or Lemon. Juno Extra Fine Gin – creating divine gin experiences that are world-class, yet uniquely New Zealand.

40% ABV
RRP: $109.99
Distributor: Thirsty Camel Limited
Phone: (0800) 844 778

For the full gin showcase, click here.

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