Dancing Sands Distillery - Takaka, New Zealand
Style - Navy Strength
700ml | 58% ABV
An initial wasabi kick greets you, carried by the underlying juniper berries. Orange and almonds balance the wasabi and horopito leaves creating a gentle warming. The beauty in this gin is the kelp that creates a long salty and savoury finish. Wasabi root, grown locally in Golden Bay is the inspiration for how a navy strength gin (58% ABV) should taste. You may have not tasted real wasabi root before. It is not as hot as the artificial wasabi pastes and has much more plant flavour. Wasabi titillates the back of your mouth and nasal area and has a hit but does not linger.
How do you build New Zealand’s most awarded distillery in just 2 years time? We never knew the rules so we didn’t know we were breaking them. Entirely self-taught in the art of distillation, Ben & Sarah Bonoma do not come from beverage backgrounds. Ben, an American, and Sarah, a Brit, moved to New Zealand after falling in love over a long distance relationship. Many kilometers later, they found themselves in simply the most stunning place on the planet: Golden Bay, New Zealand. After trading in America and the UK for New Zealand, it was time to trade in corporate careers and keyboards for a still and a plan: bring the most stunning place on the planet to the world by creating an attention grabbing range of spirits and break all of the rules in the process.