Every step of the Humdinger way, we consider quality first - not cost, nor time, but quality. And we like to think the results speak for themselves! Want to see for yourself, feel free to visit us.
Quality Copper Stills
Built by Arnold Holstein, stills don't get any better than these and having the column on top of the pot is the exact design that Humdinger deems best for making outstanding gin.
With flexibility and opportunity at the forefront of its design (and for those with a thirst for engineering as well as gin) our refiner features a 50L copper pot, a 3-plate column, a generous botanical basket and a few secret modifications, providing limitless possibilities for the art of distillation.
Our hand-made 10L copper still from Portugal is where every Humdinger recipe started as an idea, before being fine-tuned and graduating onto our larger stills. There is a unique feeling of anticipation each time we pull this still off the shelf and once again bring it to life.
A century’s worth of exposed brick, weathered concrete and steel beams could tell some tall tales, while a large copper still gleams in the sunlight, reddening to a warm patina with the latest run of gin, and beginning the latest round of story-telling.
Boasting a raw connection with nature and home to artisans, artists and adventurers alike, Geraldine might just be the best little town in the world for creativity and creating. Less than two hours from Christchurch, Geraldine has a quaint exterior but a vibrant soul, much like Humdinger Gin!
The result is the perfect bathtub gin, a discerning tea-like liquid and a far cry from the Prohibition moonshiners and their famously foul illicit bathtub hooch!
Clearly we’re not bootleggers! Instead, our macerated botanicals are a quality controlled solution of enticing aromas and favourable flavours, a vegan-friendly product of sugar cane alcohol that provides an exquisite mouthfeel and an open slate for experimentation.
Loaded with our bathtub gin, the stills generate the full-bodied and robust gin that Humdinger is renowned for, while the unique and conscious designs ensure balance and proportion.
Ours is a six-hour distillation, one of continuous monitoring that takes generous heads and tails cuts, leaving only a heart of the highest quality that will be rested and mellowed before progressing to bottling. We’ll never bottle early, always choosing quality over convenience.
Our recipes are secret, kept close to our hearts and the result of endless trialling, testing and tasting. It’s just as well we enjoy a tipple or two as we continue to refine and tweak, ensuring each batch stands up to our rigorous quality control standards.