We’re quickly heading into entertaining season, so let’s toast the new kids on the culinary block; some of the hottest tipples making waves in our southern spot.
- Pete’s Natural
Pete’s Natural, a small family-owned business located in Motueka, is the first to market in New Zealand with a hemp seed-infused functional beverage. Its Hemp Manuka Sparkling beverage and Lemon Manuka Switchel have just hit the market after legislation changed in November 2018, allowing hemp seeds to be incorporated into foods. Not only rich in both omega 3 and 6, these seeds also contain high levels of antioxidants that support a healthy heart, healthy skin and reduce inflammation. Beverages are brewed using 100 percent New Zealand-grown freshly squeezed spray-free fruits, and natural ingredients. They contain no additives, artificial preservatives, concentrates, colours or flavours, and are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly.
- Roku Gin
Roku is the premium Japanese craft gin created by the House of Suntory in Osaka, Japan, built in 1919. Adored by many, Roku has taken the New Zealand market by storm, known for its unique combination of botanicals. Roku in Japanese means ‘six’ which references the six Japanese botanicals used; sakura leaf, sakura flower, sencha tea, gyokuro tea, sansho pepper and yuzu peel. What we love most about Roku is its focus on achieving excellence and perfection, aligning with the Japanese concept of Shun. The botanicals used in its creation have been harvested in their prime season to ensure the utmost freshness and flavour.
East meets west as this first-of-its-kind bourbon melds Kentucky distilling tradition with Japanese blending excellence. Legent (pronounced ‘lee-jent’) is a unique innovation that starts as a Kentucky Straight Bourbon with the Beam classic family recipe and is aged in wine and sherry casks before being blended with more Kentucky Straight Bourbon, resulting in a perfectly balanced yet complex and layered whiskey. The super-premium bourbon is expertly distilled by Fred Noe, seventh-generation Master Distiller of Jim Beam and great-grandson of the man himself, and artfully blended by Shinji Fukuyo, fifth-ever Chief Blender of Suntory, the founding house of Japanese whisky.