News at Humdinger Gin


Wednesday 5th January 2022

We at Humdinger, are extremely delighted to be the new owners of a still of 30 years that is steeped in history. 

The workhorse is a copper still built by one of the distilleries’ top brass - Arnold Holstein. Arnold started the development of stills way back in 1958 where he built his first still to accommodate the vast fruit growers of the Black Forest in Germany.  The business grew steadily expanding into the surrounding areas of Austria and Switzerland.  Today, the mid-sized company is being run by the fourth generation, supplying state-of-the-art distillery technology around the world - and now Humdinger!

The beauty of recently installed still is breathtaking, the quality of the craftsmanship of the coppersmiths that designed and engineered these stills speak for itself. 

We chose this specific model as having the column on top of the pot is the exact design that Humdinger deems best for making outstanding gin. Pot stills create full-bodied, flavourful gins while column stills provide a purer, cleaner distillate so being able to run it as a pot still, column still, or a combination of both helps to craft quality gin.

We can’t wait until we have this 220 litre “Workhorse” in action.  An awesome addition to our growing team!

 

Wednesday 22nd December 2021

This week we were delighted and appreciative to have the team from Netplaces drop in and see us. A big thank you to Petra Nyman for the incredible review along with Nancy Zhou for the fantastic photography. Check out the article here, its a great read!

 

Tuesday 21st December 2021

Barrel time can really push gin in new directions.

Pushing Gin in new directions with barrel time.

Andrew loves to push the boundaries and surprise his loyal following with interesting new takes on Gin. A tested method of luring out elegant flavours is by aging gin in barrels, and of course, there are many types of barrels that are used to draw out distinctive flavours. For instance, the recently released - limited-edition bourbon aged gin has been aged in barrels originating from a Kentucky distillery in 1792.

American white oak is a common barrel used for aging spirits, but other options include French oak, maple, cedar, and hickory. Each type of wood lends its own unique flavors that are considered when deciding the intended flavor of the finished spirit. Mainly there are 2 types of barrels which are European oak barrels and American white oak barrels.

Barrels made up of American oak wood offer bitter, spicy strong, and wooden flavors. Barrels made up of European oak wood offer caramel, vanilla, and soft and mellow flavors. 

This Limited Edition Humdinger Gin is made by aging our award-winning Dry Gin in a used European oak Pinot -Noir barrel from Matua wines Marlborough New Zealand.

The character of this sublime gin is in the layering of the sprightly invigorating botanicals that create our gin range with the sweet red spiced fruits opens this interesting gin, moving into a subtle oak body originating from the barreling process, finishing with a lingering vanilla finish.

Humdingers Pinot Noir Barrel-aged gin is a limited edition. Aptly released just in time for Christmas! Perfect for gift giving or as an interesting aperitif on Christmas day.

We suggest as a talk refreshing drink try it over ice with East Imperial Ginger Ale, or for a short drink mix with a small amount of honey syrup over ice.

Available for purchase now by following this link

 

Tuesday 7th December 2021

Gin Christmas!

What a winning combination and a perfect Christmas gift for the gin connoisseur!

So what is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Gin?

In general, gin doesn’t have to sit in barrels as long as whiskey to pick up flavors from the wood. What is fascinating, is that our barrels originate from Barton 1792 Distillery – Bardstown, Kentucky, USA - a lot of history before we even start the aging process.

 This Limited Release Humdinger Gin is made by aging a blend of our award-winning Dry and Citrus Gin in one of these aforementioned Bourbon barrels for 3 months. Before bottling and presenting to you.

 Once opened you will be delighted with the citrus and oak aromas just bursting out of the bottle to greet you, followed closely by a hint of bourbon just brushing your senses.

When tasting, candied citrus opens this gin, followed by a spicy oak body and a long complex finish. The base gin is a blend of our highly sought-after Humdinger Dry and Citrus gins.

For your sipping pleasure, we recommend experiencing the full exemplary flavour by drinking it neat over ice or with a splash of H20. Or paired with East Imperial Thai Ginger Ale.

The technical stuff:

500mL, Blend 1 - 44.9%abv, Blend 2 -44.6%abv.

We have limited stock - so be sure to check this beauty out at our online store https://www.humdinger.nz/products/bourbon-barrel-aged-gin

Humdinger Bourbon Barrel Aged New Zealand Gin
Humdinger Bourbon Barrel Aged NZ Gin

 

Monday 22nd November 2021

Summer is the perfect time for cocktails with Gin with its subtle unique botanical light flavour. Our Humdinger Gin blends perfectly with mixers such as an East Imperial Tuzu tonic. Or for the more adventurous a Gin Cocktail Such as a Gin Martini, or a Tom Collins may be a refreshing alternative. A perfectly balanced gin cocktail is not as overpowering as a cocktail with whiskey, rums, or tequila as the core ingredient.

Make this Christmas a Humdinger of a Christmas!

Wanting to give the gift of Gin this Christmas? Here at Humdinger we love Christmas, and many of our customers love to share their love of our gin with their loved ones and associated gin connoisseurs. Head over to our products page where you can purchase a beautifully packaged bottle of your favourite blend packed onsite at our Geraldine distillery. https://www.humdinger.nz/products/gift-box.

For more information about our Gin, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email andrew@humdinger.nz or call us on 0274634790 or pop in and visit us at 3a Talbot St, Geraldine.

Andrew and Saskia

October 2021

Otago Daily Times:
https://www.odt.co.nz/business/year-highs-and-lows-distillery

August 2021

Timaru Herald:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/122567465/geraldine-distiller-couple-hope-to-create-the-perfect-tonic

Metropol Magazine:
https://metropol.co.nz/gin-giants-of-geraldine-humdinger-gin/

June 2021

Style Magazine:
https://stylemagazine.co.nz/high-stakes/

April 2021

Timaru Herald:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/124921886/geraldine-gin-distellery-awarded-silver-medals-in-international-competition

March 2021

Spirit Magazine:
https://spiritmagazine.co.nz/2021/03/01/of-all-the-gin-joints-in-all-the-world-we-found-geraldines-humdinger-gin/

December 2020

Latitude Magazine:
https://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/latitude-magazine/20201201/281573768233241