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How Curious are you? Stop by and discover these great flavours for yourself!
Best known for the fabulous Curiosity Gin and now the newly released Divergence NZ Single Malt Whisky, The Spirits Workshop brings you premium crafted, distinctively flavoured spirits that are reflective of their New Zealand heritage.
Curious by nature, Curiosity brings you gins with unique personalities and New Zealand flavours that stand out from the crowd. Made in small batches, whole botanicals are steeped in the base spirit for 24 hours before re-distilling, through our copper pot still creating truly hand distilled aromatic gins.
Born of Nature, Divergence is crafted from Canterbury grown and malted barley. Distilled by Industry at The Spirits Workshop Distillery in Christchurch. The whisky is lovingly distilled and the barrels carefully tended while the spirit becomes a real New Zealand Single malt. Smaller barrels and a diverse climate develop a richer flavour to enjoy.
Recipe 23 is a contemporary style gin with a New Zealand twist. Distilled in-house starting with Canterbury grain and finished with Eleven of the highest quality botanicals we can source including a generous helping of East Coast Manuka, Gisborne Citrus and Otago lavender to bring the distinctive New Zealand taste. Curiosity Gin delivers a truly unique taste among contemporary gins. Strong Juniper and Citrus with added pine notes from the Manuka are underpinned by earthy Angelica Root and background spices and rounded out by the slight residual malt and sweetness from the single malt base spirit. Recipe 23’s well rounded citrus notes lends it to be enjoyed in refreshing cocktails such as a classic G&T, gimlets and punches. It is particularly excellent in a modified French 75 cocktail with Rosé bubbles, orange bitters and an orange twist
Negroni Special (55%, 500ml) – Our second product started as a limited release for Negroni Week 2017. The recipe is based on the same botanical mix as #23 but with everything ramped up to compliment the strong flavours of Campari and Vermouth in a Negroni. Negroni Special is also “Double Junipered” the Juniper is both macerated and vapour infused for stronger Juniper pine aroma and flavour notes. The Negroni Special is rested before bottling in a new French oak barrel long enough to give it a fabulous straw colour and add sweet honey and toffee aromas and sweet oak flavours but not long enough to start getting bitter oak tannins. Finally it is bottled at a high proof to deliver strength and body to the Negroni and other cocktails. Perfect served in a traditional Negroni 1:1:1 with Campari and Martini Rosso.
Crux Single Malt Vodka can be sipped on its own and will always inject a little bit of character to your cocktails. Crux starts with a single malt wheat spirit, double distilled through hand built copper pot stills before being further refined through the column still on “Yoyo” to produce a sweet, slightly malty spirit of around 92% ABV. This spirit is passed through an activated carbon filter before being proofed to 42% ABV with pure Canterbury artesian water and bottled in house to deliver a unique Vodka that delivers the pure taste of Canterbury, New Zealand to your glass.
We are making available for sale 20-litre casks of the same, single malt, new make spirit we are ageing for future release. This provides you with the exciting opportunity to control and be part of the ageing experience and process for your own Single Malt. These casks are miniature versions of the same casks that we use for our ageing stock, made from the same wood, treated with the same toast and sourced from the same suppliers. When you purchase a 20-litre cask you will receive a sample of the new make spirit that has been filled into each cask. You can leave the cask with us for ageing and can request a sample at any time during the ageing process to check on the progress of your Whisky. We would also welcome your visit to the distillery at any time to view or sample your cask directly. Alternatively, we can arrange for the entire cask to be delivered to you directly so that you can control the process yourself. Each cask comes with a wooden stand and cask tap and will be individually branded with your name.
We are also offering 10 Litre small barrels on the same basis as 20 the litre casks above