Imagination Distilling - Reikorangi Valley, New Zealand
Style - Contemporary
700ml | 42% ABV
Under the guidance of New Zealand seaweed expert Lea Bramley, Imagination trialled several different seaweeds before deciding on wakame for the distinctive salt and umami flavours it brings. The wakame has been wild foraged from the waters of the Wairarapa and Wellington coasts. The initial aroma is juniper forward, fresh and sweet. On the palate you first get the refreshingness of the citrus before fading to reveal the juniper. A noticeable sweetness then appears giving way to a sweet salt finish. Overall, this classic dry gin with a contemporary twist transports you to the coast and that unforgettable feeling that sun and salt and waves breaking over the rocks creates.
Imagination distill in an 8 plate fractionating column still using pure rainwater captured on their property. The secret to their flavour profile comes from the distinctive yeast they use in fermentation, charcoal filtered rainwater, the delicate balance of botanicals in distillation and of course, very active imaginations! They source many of their ingredients locally from family owned and operated farms and orchards and from backyard home gardeners.
Imagination gin is the passionate adventure of good mates Simon Wilson and Chris Charteris. After 2 years of scheming and experimenting (and a bit of drinking), in 2018 they established our distillery on the site of the original Tuatara Brewery in the lush Reikorangi Valley on the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. Being in the shadow of New Zealand’s pioneering craft beer makers is a constant inspiration to them to be the very best they can. The name imagination represents the ingenuity and anything-is-possible attitude that epitomises the New Zealand spirit that binds us together as one people.