The Satur­day Brew

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - UPFRONT - THE TIME: THE BREW: — Monique Bar­den

reeftondis­till­ Lit­tle Biddy Gins are avail­able via con­tact­less de­liv­ery.


Ac­cord­ing to Reefton Dis­till­ing Co lo­cal leg­end, Lit­tle Biddy was a 4-ft-tall, pipe-smok­ing, gin­tot­ing gold miner from Reefton on the West Coast. Now, this inim­itable lit­tle woman is the name­sake for their range of ar­ti­san gins, made with na­tive botan­i­cals for­aged from the same rain­for­est where she once fos­sicked for gold and with a lit­tle bit of Biddy’s at­ti­tude. The range in­cludes four award-winning gins crafted in small batches us­ing as many lo­cally sourced ingredient­s as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing na­tive toa­toa, horo­pito, tarata, kahikatea and rimu to cap­ture the taste of the West Coast rain­for­est. Th­ese na­tive botan­i­cals are then rinsed, and vapour in­fused in the still, an ar­ti­san method re­quir­ing the dis­tillers to con­stantly mon­i­tor and ad­just for sea­sonal vari­a­tions. We tried the Lit­tle Biddy Gin —Clas­sic with a pal­ette of spiced cit­rus, warm resin, and a spicy-sweet, smooth fin­ish. We paired it with pre­mium In­dian tonic wa­ter and toasted our­selves to our first week­end of lock­down toil. Even though we were down to pow­dered milk, bread made from flour and beer and the kids ban­ished to their rooms, this was a lux­u­ri­ous, herbal, aro­matic and medic­i­nal mo­ment that was very hard to stop at one.

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