Handcrafted, artisanal, small batch gins are well in fashion. Well, drinks claiming to be handcrafted, artisanal, and small batch are. But more often than not, it’s largely all sales and marketing fluff – more than 70% of the gins currently available on the market are just “OEM” (made by one company, and sold by another under some fancy brand name) and of those that are left, most of them are simply redistilling industrially manufactured neutral grain spirit with some botanicals. Source Gin, is, well, different.
The Source is one of the very few gins available that truly is artisanal, and hand crafted. Made from the same Cardrona Distillery base alcohol as The Reid Single Malt Vodka, that is then redistilled through a real basket of botanicals in their German made, copper pot stills.
The traditional juniper foundation is enhanced with some locally sourced botanicals, with the finish coming from a wild growing rose hip, originally brought to New Zealand by Chinese migrant workers more than 150 years ago.
If you’re a gin connoisseur, then you must have a bottle of The Source to complete your journey into the world of Gin.
Gold Medal Winner at the New York Wine & Spirits Awards 2016.
Brilliant clarity. Penetrating aromas excite the senses with intense juniper, menthol and crushed eucalyptus leaf freshness followed by white pepper, coriander seed and lemon peel. Five minutes air contact accents celery leaf and subtle cardamom. Neutral entry builds to a concentrated, medium-dry, peppery, lemon sorbet attack. Finish is textural, zesty, drying and citrus peel-fresh; Aftertaste sees juniper and lively spices trailing off in a pure, pine-wood/juniper and mineral farewell. Structured and complex. Outstanding.
As always, the record is on a repeat loop – it’s absolutely pointless buying a gin of this quality if your tonic water is crap. Don’t waste Source Gin with that mucky bubbly stuff in a can.
Straight from the Mayor
There are many pretenders to the title of “The World’s Best Gin”. Most of them are simply blagging their way through awards, with nepotism, back slapping and paying the appropriate fees to ensure that they get an award of some description.
If you want to get your paws on THE best gin in the world, this is it right here. Australia might hold it’s place in the top five, but New Zealand is undoubtedly Number 1.