No8 Horopito Fire Gin
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No8 Distillery - Dunedin, New Zealand
Style - Contemporary
700ml | 43% ABV
“A pleasant ambush”. Four waves: citrus, cardamom, cinnamon, and the piquancy of horopito. On the nosing you are blinded by a flash-bang of orange,cardamon and a hint of cordite. When tasting, the gin bursts through your trap peppering you with sustained, accurate fire that gives way to a body of cardamom and cinnamon. As it walks away from you, the little bugger fires off a Parthian shot of pepper. The finish has a zest orange citrus and the sweet smell of victory.
The No8 still sits in the window at the Dog with Two Tails in sunny Dunedin. Their processes – drying botanicals that they've foraged, macerating, distilling, mixology – is all on display. This is part of their goal to demystify the art of distilling and make it more accessible to the good and gorgeous people of Dunners. They also have a refill & bottle swap system and sustainable program to do 0 waste.
No8 Distillery came from the need to get things done with what they had to hand while setting up and installing their distillery during the April 2020 lockdown & fix everything with a No8 wire cable. Their still is a beautiful Franken-machine named "Therese" with all sorts of parts thrown together and reconfigured to create a unique still that can do more than most stills her size. The No8 attitude carries on in the way that they'll experiment with different and unconventional ways of extraction to see what they get. Julien also created their first gin - the Horopito Fire Gin with 8 main ingredients.