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Exploring the Best NZ Gins: Tini Gin Bar's Top Picks

If you're on a quest to explore the finest gins that New Zealand has to offer, look no further. At our waterfront Gin Bar and Eatery in Akaroa, Christchurch, we take pride in curating a selection of exceptional gins that showcase the diversity of flavours and craftsmanship found in the region. Join us as we unveil our top picks across various categories, each delivering a unique and delightful gin experience.

Juniper Lovers: Exploring the Essence of Gin

Juniper is the heart and soul of gin, and for those who cherish its classic and timeless appeal, this section is dedicated to you. We've handpicked three exceptional gins that celebrate the juniper berry, each with its own unique twist. From the vibrant city of Christchurch to the scenic beauty of Central Otago and the artistic touch of New Plymouth, these gins are a testament to the versatility of juniper.

  1. Curiosity Dry, Christchurch - $12.00: A gin that embodies the essence of Christchurch, Curiosity Dry boasts a balanced blend of botanicals with juniper at its heart. It's the perfect introduction to NZ gin.

  2. Scapegrace, Central Otago - $13.00: Hailing from the stunning Central Otago region, Scapegrace captures the spirit of the land with a crisp and citrusy profile.

  3. Juno Extra Fine, New Plymouth - $15.00: For those seeking refined elegance, Juno Extra Fine is a masterpiece. It's a harmonious fusion of juniper and delicate botanicals, a true celebration of New Zealand craft.

Fruit and Berry Infusions: A Symphony of Sweetness

Explore the world of fruity and berry-infused gins that bring a burst of vibrant flavours to your glass. In this section, we've selected three gins that artfully incorporate local fruits and berries, creating a delightful and harmonious fusion of tastes.

  1. Curiosity Pinot Barrel Sloe, Christchurch - $12.00: This gin takes a creative twist with Pinot Barrel Sloe, infusing rich berry flavours into the gin. It's a symphony of sweetness and depth.

  2. Little Biddy Pink, Reefton - $13.00: Little Biddy Pink is an embodiment of the West Coast's wild character, blending local botanicals with pink-hued elegance.

  3. Imagination, Waikanae - $12.00: Imagination takes your senses on a journey with its imaginative use of fruit and berries, creating a gin that's both adventurous and delightful.

Citrus Infused Delights: Zesty Elegance in Every Sip

Citrus-infused gins offer a burst of zesty goodness that can elevate your gin experience. From Cape Palliser's fiery citrus notes to Cardrona's vibrant twist, and Hamilton's refreshing melody, these gins showcase the diversity of citrus flavors found in New Zealand.

  1. Hearts Afire - Lighthouse, Cape Palliser - $12.00: This gin is a fiery explosion of citrus, igniting your palate with zesty goodness.

  2. Scurvy & Scurvy Citrus, Cardrona - $13.00: From Cardrona, Scurvy & Scurvy Citrus infuses a burst of citrusy zest into each sip, adding a vibrant twist to classic gin.

  3. Good George - Bellringer, Hamilton - $12.00: Hamilton's Good George delivers a Bellringer that resonates with a refreshing citrus melody, making it a must-try for citrus enthusiasts.

Botanical Bliss: A Symphony of Botanicals

Botanical gins are a playground of flavours, each highlighting a unique combination of herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients. In this section, we explore gins that are a testament to craftsmanship and curiosity, with each sip offering a delightful surprise.

  1. Curiosity Recipe #23, Christchurch - $12.00: Recipe #23 from Curiosity is a testament to craft and curiosity, boasting an intriguing blend of botanicals that dance on your palate.

  2. Ritual, Arrowtown - $14.00: Ritual from Arrowtown is a ceremonial experience for gin lovers, featuring a meticulous selection of botanicals for a truly unique flavor profile.

  3. Peony-Rose, Reefton - $13.00: With the enchanting essence of peony and rose, this gin from Reefton offers a floral journey that's nothing short of magical.

Against the Norm: Exploring Unconventional Gins

For the adventurous spirits who seek unconventional gin experiences, this section is a treasure trove of unique and unexpected flavours. From wild and bold gins to darker and richer options, these gins challenge the norm and redefine your gin journey.

  1. Wild Sheep, Wanganui - $13.00: Wild Sheep disrupts the norm with bold and unexpected flavours. It's a gin that's as wild as its namesake.

  2. Imagination Black, Waikanae - $13.00: Imagination Black challenges conventions, offering a darker and richer gin experience that's truly unique.

  3. Strange Nature, Marlborough - $13.00: Strange Nature defies expectations with a gin that captures the essence of Marlborough's natural beauty, making it an extraordinary choice.

Floral Elegance: Savouring the Essence of Flowers

Floral gins are a fragrant delight, capturing the essence of blossoms and petals in every sip. From the soothing aroma of lavender to the native blooms of Napier and the classic Scottish elegance, these gins offer a journey through the world of flowers.

  1. Lavender Hill, Riverhead - $12.00: Lavender Hill embraces the soothing aroma of lavender, creating a gin that's both fragrant and calming.

  2. National Distillery Co., Napier - $13.00: National Distillery Co. combines native botanicals with floral notes, crafting a gin that's a true embodiment of Napier's beauty.

  3. Hendricks, Scotland - $13.00: While not a NZ gin, Hendrick's is a beloved classic that infuses the essence of rose and cucumber, offering a unique perspective on floral gin.

Gin Flights for the Adventurous: Explore and Compare

For those seeking an adventure, don't miss our Gin Flights, which allow you to sample the diversity of New Zealand's gins. Each flight is a curated selection that offers a unique tasting experience, providing a delightful journey through the world of gin.

  1. Curiosity, Christchurch - $20.00: Explore a curated selection of Curiosity gins, each with its own distinct character.

  2. Scapegrace, Central Otago - $21.00: Take a journey through Central Otago with a flight of Scapegrace gins, each capturing the essence of the region.

  3. Black / Silver / Gold - $22.00: Delight in a flight that showcases gins with unique characteristics, offering a tasting experience like no other.

Join us as we raise a glass to the best gins in NZ, and may your journey be filled with memorable sips and delightful discoveries. Cheers!

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