The story of Broken Heart Gin begins with two Germans living in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Joerg was a pilot and Bernd an engineer. Both philosophers and committed Master Distillers, they formed their friendship around a still and a passion for perfecting spirits of rare complexity and ﬁne ﬂavours.
Those were the glory days and nothing captured the ﬂavour of that time better than the inspiration Bernd and Joerg shared to create a superb gin – an intricate balance of eleven herbs and surprisingly good with a twist of orange. It became a ritual, one a day at dusk, as day tumed to night, the taste of the time of in-between..
Hand crafted and small batch distilled in a bespoke copper pot still, Reid + Reid Native Gin is a unique New Zealand gin created in Martinborough by Stew and Chris Reid.
After a two year mission to forage the landscapes of NZ for aromatic native plants that best compliment a classic dry gin, the brothers settled on Kawakawa, Manuka and Horopito making it a quintessential New Zealand gin.
Tasting Notes: Juniper and floral notes followed by citrus. Peppery and ginger spice on the palate and a vibrant, aromatic finish.
Born of the belief that whisky is a living cultural icon to be shared, Thomson Whisky started life unearthing rare and precious stocks of whisky, making them available to enthusiasts once more. Now with a new distillery in operation North West of Auckland, the team are also helping to insure the longevity of New Zealand’s whisky making tradition.
Two Tone refers to the two kinds of cask used for the maturation of this whisky; European oak which formerly held New Zealand red wine and American white oak used exclusively for whisky. Find sea air and caramelised fruits on the nose, followed by red berries, apricot and spice on the palate.
In place of an age statement the infinity symbol marking this bottling is symbolic of the marriage of casks.
Scurvy & Gunpowder Proof. A navy strength gin with the additional flavours of lime peel and gunpowder green tea. 57% abv.
Non-chill-filtered this evocation of old-fashioned gin production methods renders a spirit with a distinctly jaundiced hue. They take their inspiration from the Royal Navy's regulation measure of Vitamin C for all hands, as well as the parallel history of the East India company and its globe-spanning trade in tea as an adjunct of Empire (with the might of the RN in a supporting role).
Most excellent with grapefruit juice for a 'Salty Sea Dog', it also pairs well with oloroso sherry.
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