RUIN | The Valley
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RUIN Distillery - Upper Hutt, Wellington
Style - Contemporary
500ml | 42% ABV
Juniper, Coriander Seeds, Angelica Root, Liquorice, Wild Fennel Seed, Orange Zest, Lemon Zest, Black Peppercorn, Orris Root, Kawakawa Leaf & Cassia.
Your first impression when you take a sip of The Valley is the superior mouth feel. Gliding over your palate, aromatic juniper is introduced along with subtle coriander and citrus notes. An undertone of licorice, cassia and wild fennel seeds provide sweetness and spice which is then rounded off with the peppery, slightly bitter bite of kawakawa at the tail.
This is a complex and many layered gin which starts cool and traditional and ends with a uniquely flavoured, slow and satisfying warmth. The Valley is a luxurious gin, made with extreme care and attention to every detail.
RUIN Distillery is a mere 4 metres square in size, but there is some fine alchemy happening in that small space. The finest gin makers typically make their own spirit and at RUIN, they too make theirs from scratch. Their grain neutral spirit is fermented with the finest ingredients, including a champagne yeast. It is temperature controlled and constantly monitored at every step. This pure and very smooth spirit is double distilled and single shot vapour infused.
In what might be the world’s smallest commercial distillery, perched on the side of Moonshine Valley, in suburban Upper Hutt, north of Wellington, small batches of the finest gin are quietly being crafted. After 30 years of home distilling and perfecting the craft of making gin that family and friends could not get enough of, RUIN Distillery was born.