Auckland distillery 1919 has announced the release of its newest addition, Raspberry Lamington Gin.

The second in the Kiwiana range – following the success of the 1919 Pineapple Bits Gin – 1919 Raspberry Lamington Gin has a crisp and fruity hit of raspberry and a hint of coconut.

Originally called a “Wellington” the lamington was thought to be named after Australia’s Lord Lamington who was governor of Queensland between 1896 and 1901.

But according to experts Auckland University, archived records show a visit Lamington took to Wellington in 1895, before beginning in his tenure as Queensland governor.

According to a New Zealand Herald news report of the visit, Lamington was “much taken with the local sweets provided him by local bakers A.R. Levin.”

Among those sweets, was a “Wellington – a double sponge dessert, dressed in shavings of coconut intended to imitate the snow capped mountains of New Zealand.”

The lamington is now a Kiwi classic which can be found in every bakery.

1919 says Raspberry Lamington Gin is “best served with East Imperial Burma or over ice and perfect for the summer break”.

The 1919 Pineapple Bits Gin, released in December 2019, sold out in under 48 hours. 1919 Raspberry Lamington Gin is available now for $75, click here for more information.

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