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No.8 Distillery Hibiscus Gin

No.8 Distillery Hibiscus Gin

  • Pink Gin
  • New Zealand, 700ml
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This inviting Hibiscus gin is fruity and smooth. "On the nose, sweet yuzu and kaffir lime. In the mouth, the spices rub your cheeks from the inside eventually giving way to the exotic tartness of  passionfruit, ginger, gorse flowers (which give it a coconut aroma), with the kaffir lime leaf cutting through in the base." No.8 Distillery

  • Distillery: No.8 Distillery
  • Type: Pink Gin - Hibiscus infused
  • Region: Otago, New Zealand
  • Alcohol: 45%
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Goes with: Ice, premium plain, citrus or Elderflower tonic, fresh citrus and/or mint garnish

The gin is a unique recipe and coloured by macerating hibiscus petals in the gin after distillation. Being a natural colouring, it will fade if exposed to sunlight.

"The Distillery

The still sits in the window at the Dog with Two Tails in sunny Dunedin. Our processes – drying botanicals that we've foraged, macerating, distilling, mixology - is all on display. This is part of our goal to demystify the art of distilling and make it more accessible to the good and gorgeous people of Dunners. We also have a refill & bottle swap system and sustainable program to do 0 waste.

Number 8

No.8 Distillery comes from the need to get things done with what we had to hand while setting up and installing our distillery during the April 2020 lockdown & fix everything with a No8 wire cable. Our still is a beautiful Franken-machine named "Therese" with all sorts of parts thrown together and reconfigurable (yes, we both played a lot with lego when we were kids). We’ve ended up with a unique still that can do more than most stills her size. The No.8 attitude carries on in the way that we’ll experiment with different and unconventional ways of extraction to see what we get. Julien also created our first gin - the Horopito Fire Gin with 8 main ingredients.

Julien

Julien is the mad guru behind the spirits. He is the distillation of three generations of distillation. Julien’s family come from Deauville - Normandy - France and have distilled Calvados, an apple liquor and speciality of the region, since 1910. Julien is following a proud family tradition and we have named the still Thérèse in honour of his grand-mère. Julien has also worked as a chef and pastry chef for 18 years, including working as senior sous chef and head pastry chef at Michelin starred restaurant and 5 stars hotel. For Julien, different spirits suit different moods. He crafts spirits to be full of flavour and to appeal to different states of mind. The Horopito Gin works well when you’re feeling extroverted and the Hibiscus Gin is the one to give you a hug.

Michael

Michael is the converted disciple to Julien’s teachings. Being teetotal is an unusual beginning for a distiller, but with his background in science, speciality coffee and chocolate, distilling, and Julien’s infectious enthusiasm, was too fascinating to ignore. Michael started the first third-wave roasteries in Scotland and Malaysia under the Artisan Roast brand and also Seniman Kakao - a speciality chocolate factory in Malaysia. What unites these with distilling is a pursuit of quality and a passion for flavours. For Michael, a plant-devouring vegetarian, the world is full of wonderful flavours and the challenge is how to capture those flavours and get them into the bottle."

Julien & Michael

  • Silver - 2021 New Zealand Spirits Awards
  • Bronze - 2021 London Spirits Competition

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