A magnificent gin from New Zealand - complex yet pure and fresh, with flavours of juniper, lemon and herbs and a wonderfully smooth finish. It is the perfect gin and tonic gin, with a clarity and presence that few other gins can rival. We've championed Lighthouse Gin here at Whitmore & White since 2014 and our enthusiasm for this antipodean delight shows no sign of stopping!
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Lighthouse Gin is, first and foremost, a New Zealand gin. It was inspired by the spectacular Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of the Wairarapa and the southernmost tip of the North Island of New Zealand.
For Lighthouse Gin, distiller Rachel Hall took pleasure in researching and experimenting with many such botanicals and among those finally selected, after several years of trial, are the dried leaves from the unique New Zealand botanicals kawa kawa, together with the fresh zest of New Zealand-grown navel oranges and Yen Ben lemons, the intense-flavoured descendant of the famous Lisbon lemons. These components lend herbal and citrus notes to the gin, distinguishing it from its English and American counterparts. Lighthouse Gin is made by hand in the classic distilled dry gin tradition, utilising nine botanicals in their natural state. The distiller creates the gin in a 200-litre copper still which was specially built by local craftsmen.
The final formula of Lighthouse Gin must remain a secret, but the distiller believes they have achieved a distinctive and complex gin. The double distillation process is costly and time-consuming but results in a softer, more refined, and more approachable spirit, with each batch having its own subtle signature.
Lighthouse Gin is hand crafted, hand bottled, hand labelled, and the heart cut of a small number of distillations is double distilled and combined into a batch.New Zealand Wairarapa Lighthouse Distillery 0.42