Newly-weds Nic Janeke and Andri du Plessis are pushing the gin boundaries with their unique distilling techniques and use of plentiful South African botanicals.
The Duty Free store in Auckland International Airport surprised me with a wide selection of gins and the opportunity to taste them. I chose Beam Suntory Roku, with heady floral notes from the cherry blossoms (sakura) and leaves, among other botanicals.
During a sailing expedition to French Polynesia, we visited Distillerie de Taha'a, and discovered the wonderful rhum agricole distilled from endemic O'Tahiti sugar cane.
Today is World Gin Day! So cheers to all the gins I love (and there are many) and those I have still to meet!
Keith Barnes, owner, head distiller and chief storyteller runs Bainbridge Organic Distillery from amidst his antique whiskey bottle-laden office, surrounded by an eclectic collection of guitars, robots and kites.
Hope on Hopkins Distillery is located in a renovated warehouse in Salt River, Cape Town. Their innovative spirits are a reflection of their passions and love for their South African homeland.