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Distil-Nation NZ

  • Smoke and Mirrors: Unveiling the Allure of Smoked Gins ft. Herrick Creek Moose Lake & Southward Rosemary

    21 MAG 2024 · In this episode of Distil-Nation NZ, we delve into the captivating world of smoked or smoky gins, a novel trend that's adding a mysterious twist to the traditional gin experience. We invite you to explore the complex flavours and innovative distillation techniques that define this emerging category. We discuss Herrick Creek Moose Lake Smoked Gin, and Southward Smoked Rosemary Gin. Join us as we discuss how different distilleries are incorporating smoked elements into their gin, from using smoked botanicals to smoking post-distillation. We'll examine the science and art behind the smoke infusion process and how it impacts the gin's aroma and taste profile. Our exploration includes tasting notes on several leading smoked gins, highlighting the unique characteristics of each. Whether you’re a seasoned gin aficionado or new to the spirit, this episode will enlighten you on how smoke can transform the crisp, botanical nature of gin into something unexpectedly deep and intriguing.  🥃 Connect with Distil-Nation NZ for more discussions: Follow us on Instagram & Facebook: @distilnationnz  Visit our website: Drop us an email:  Tune in to "Smoke and Mirrors: Unveiling the Allure of Smoked Gins" and discover a new side of gin that blurs the lines between tradition and innovation. Pour a glass and let the journey begin!
    46 min. 15 sec.
  • Spirits of the Past: Moonshine, Myths, and the Making of NZ Spirits - Part One. ft, Herrick Creek & Lammermoor

    7 MAG 2024 · Featuring Lammermoor & Herrick Creek Moonshine Embark on a historical journey with Cameron and Tom in Part One of our deep dive into the origins and folklore of New Zealand spirits and whisky. In this episode of Distil-Nation NZ, we unravel the tales of early immigrants, moonshining adventures, and a legend that intertwines the Scottish banks with New Zealand's railroads in an exchange shrouded in mystery. Discover how the spirit of distillation took root in the rugged landscapes of Aotearoa, driven by settlers' determination to craft moonshine under the cover of night. We explore the folktale of an intriguing agreement purportedly made between Scottish financiers and local lawmakers—a deal that would halt local distilling activities in favour of imported spirits, leaving a lasting impact on the development of the New Zealand spirits industry. Through stories of resilience, rebellion, and the relentless pursuit of distillation, this episode sheds light on the early challenges faced by those who dared to distill. As we sift through historical anecdotes and evidence, we piece together how these formative years set the stage for the rich tapestry of New Zealand whisky and spirits production. Join us as we toast to the pioneers of the past and uncover the roots of New Zealand's spirited heritage. Whether you're a history buff, a whisky enthusiast, or simply curious about the untold stories of New Zealand's past, this episode is sure to captivate your imagination and quench your thirst for knowledge. 🥃 Follow and engage with Distil-Nation NZ for more spirited stories: Instagram & Twitter: @distilnationnz Website: Email: Pour yourself a dram and let the journey begin!
    1 h 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Greener Sips: How NZ Distillers are Chasing Sustainable Practices

    23 APR 2024 · In this episode of Distil-Nation NZ, we delve into the heart of New Zealand's distilling industry to uncover the pioneering sustainability efforts our local distillers are passionately pursuing. As the world becomes increasingly conscious of environmental impact, NZ distillers are leading the way with innovative practices designed to protect our planet while producing exquisite spirits. Join us as we explore how sustainability is being woven into the very fabric of NZ distilling, from sourcing local, organic ingredients to implementing energy-efficient production techniques. We'll share inspiring stories of distilleries that are not just reducing their footprint but are actively contributing to a healthier environment. This episode is a toast to the green heroes of the NZ distilling scene, showcasing the remarkable measures they're taking to ensure that every drop of spirit is as eco-friendly as it is delicious. Whether you're a whisky aficionado, a gin enthusiast, or simply curious about sustainable practices, this journey into the green side of spirits is sure to enlighten and inspire. Follow and Connect with Us: 🌐 Website: 📸 Instagram: @distilnationnz 👍 Facebook: Distil-Nation NZ Got thoughts, questions, or suggestions? We'd love to hear from you! Reach out to us at and join the conversation about sustainability in spirits. Here's to making every sip count towards a greener future!
    59 min. 38 sec.
  • The World Stage: NZ Whisky Through Mat Thomson's Eyes. ft, Thomson Full Noise & Cask Martin

    9 APR 2024 · In this episode of Distil-Nation NZ, we sit down with the visionary behind Thomson Whisky, Mat Thomson, to explore the remarkable journey of New Zealand whisky onto the global stage. From the rolling hills of New Zealand to the bustling streets of the UK, Mat shares his experiences promoting his pioneering Manuka smoked whisky and advocating for NZ's unique spirit identity abroad. Delve into the heart of Mat's mission as he recounts his trip to the UK, where he not only introduced the world to the distinctive flavours of Manuka smoked whisky but also engaged in crucial discussions about the place of NZ whisky in the international arena. Mat's insights into the development of New Zealand whisky guidelines reveal a deep commitment to both tradition and innovation, setting the stage for a vibrant future for local distilleries. Join us as we uncover the challenges and triumphs of promoting NZ whisky worldwide, through Mat Thomson's passionate lens. This episode is an inspiring tale of craftsmanship, identity, and the relentless pursuit of excellence that transcends borders. Whether you're a whisky aficionado or a curious listener eager to learn about the spirit of Aotearoa making waves around the world, "The World Stage: NZ Whisky Through Mat Thomson's Eyes" promises a journey into the aspirations and achievements of New Zealand's whisky industry. 🥃 Stay Connected with Distil-Nation NZ: - Follow us on Instagram & Twitter: - Visit our website: - Reach out via email: Tune in and raise a glass to the global journey of New Zealand whisky with Mat Thomson.
    1 h 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Global Spirits, Local Trends: Tash McGill on NZ's Place. ft, Herrick Creek's Dusky, and Jeptha Creed

    26 MAR 2024 · In this episode of Distil-Nation NZ, we sit down with esteemed spirits writer, Tash McGill, to explore the unique position of New Zealand spirits on the global stage. Tash, known for her deep knowledge and passion for the spirits industry, sheds light on how NZ spirits, with their distinctive flavours and innovative distilling techniques, are carving out a niche in the international spirits community. As part of our journey, we dive into an exclusive tasting session featuring Herrick Creek's latest offering, Dusky Whisky —a testament to the craft and creativity flourishing in New Zealand's distilling scene. But we don't stop there; we also venture across the waters to taste the Jeptha Creed Four Grain Bourbon, exploring how this American classic compares and contrasts with our local treasures. Tash brings her expert palate and insightful commentary to these tastings, offering listeners a comprehensive understanding of what sets these spirits apart and how they contribute to the evolving narrative of global whisky and bourbon. Join us for an episode filled with rich discussions, from the grassroots of NZ distilling to the international acclaim of unique spirits. Whether you're a connoisseur of fine drinks or simply curious about the world of distilling, this episode promises to enlighten and entertain. 🥃 Follow us for more spirited adventures: Instagram & Twitter: @distilnationnz Website: Email: Tune in to Distil-Nation NZ, and let's raise a glass to the remarkable journey of spirits from New Zealand to the world. Cheers!
    1 h 7 min. 32 sec.
  • A Smoky Turn: Divergence Unleashes Its First Peated Whisky

    12 MAR 2024 · Join us an exclusive tasting in this special episode of Distil-Nation NZ, as we sit down with Antony from Divergence Whisky for an exclusive first taste of their first ever smoked release. This episode marks a pivotal moment – the unveiling of Divergence Whisky's first-ever smoked whisky, a bold venture into the realms of peat and smoke. Antony guides us through the distillation process, sharing the inspiration and craft behind this smoky innovation. Together, we'll explore the nuances and complexities that make this release not just a whisky, but a milestone in Divergence Whisky's history. Recorded on location at the distillery, this episode offers listeners an intimate glimpse into the passion and precision that Divergence Whisky pours into every bottle.But that's not all – released on the same day as this smoky sensation hits the shelves, this episode is your exclusive ticket to discovering what makes this whisky a must-try for enthusiasts and novices alike. Whether you're drawn to the allure of smoke, the warmth of whisky, or the story of a distillery daring to diverge, this episode promises an unforgettable sensory journey.🔥 Don't miss out on this smoky unveiling. Tune in, pour yourself a dram, and let's toast to Divergence Whisky's newest chapter. Follow and Engage with Us @distilnationnz or email us at For more episodes and exclusive content, subscribe to Distil-Nation NZ on your favourite podcast platform. Cheers!
    45 min. 58 sec.
  • From Crumbs to Spirits: The Good Bones Distilling Vodka Revolution

    27 FEB 2024 · In this episode of the Distil-Nation NZ Podcast, we're joined by Vaughan of Good Bones Distilling, a visionary distiller who's rewriting the rules of vodka production. Dive into the fascinating world of sustainable spirits as Vaughan shares how expired baked goods are not just saved from waste but transformed into premium vodka, setting a new standard for eco-conscious distillation. Discover the journey of Good Bones Distilling, from concept to bottle, and learn about the innovative process that turns leftover bakery items into a smooth, distinctive vodka. Vaughan opens up about the challenges and triumphs of creating a sustainable spirit, the importance of community involvement, and the future of eco-friendly distillation in New Zealand. This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the intersection of sustainability, innovation, and the spirit industry. Whether you're a vodka enthusiast, eco-warrior, or simply curious about the behind-the-scenes of spirit production, you'll find inspiration in Vaughan's commitment to sustainability and quality. Join us as we toast to a more sustainable future with Good Bones Distilling's revolutionary vodka. It's an enlightening conversation that offers hope, insight, and a taste of what's possible when passion meets purpose in the world of New Zealand spirits.🍸🌍 Subscribe to the Distil-Nation NZ Podcast to explore more stories of innovation and spirit in New Zealand's distilling landscape. Follow us on all socials @distilnationnz and email us at if you have questions or comments.
    43 min. 1 sec.
  • Kiwi Rum 101: Discovering New Zealand's Rum Renaissance, ft. 1919's Cane & Black Collar

    13 FEB 2024 · In this episode of the Distil-Nation NZ podcast, we're pouring into the exciting world of New Zealand rum! Join us as we embark on a flavourful journey, unraveling the rich history and modern resurgence of NZ rum, featuring standout distilleries like 1919 and Black Collar, amoung many others. We delve into the unique aspects that define Kiwi rum, exploring how local ingredients, innovative distilling techniques, and a spirit of adventure are shaping a distinctive New Zealand rum identity. Special attention is given to 1919’s renowned Cane rum and the innovative approaches of Black Collar, showcasing how these brands are redefining the rum landscape in NZ. As we taste and talk through these exceptional rums, you'll gain a deeper understanding of their crafting processes, flavour profiles, and what makes them stand out in the global spirits market. This episode is not just a tasting journey, but a deep dive into the stories, the people, and the passion behind New Zealand's rum renaissance. Whether you're a seasoned rum enthusiast or new to the world of spirits, this episode is your passport to understanding and appreciating the burgeoning world of NZ rum. Pour yourself a glass and join us for an episode brimming with insights, stories, and the very essence of New Zealand's spirited revolution. Don't forget to share your thoughts or raise your questions by reaching out to us at @distilnationnz or Stay tuned and follow us for more spirited adventures in the world of distilling. Cheers to exploring the rum renaissance! 🍹🌿
    38 min. 32 sec.
  • Spirited Tales of Racketeer Gin: A Conversation with Longshot's Founders

    30 GEN 2024 · Dive into the world of gin craftsmanship in this episode of Distil-Nation NZ, where we sit down with Adam and Lesley, the dynamic duo behind Longshot Distillery. As the founders and driving forces of the celebrated Racketeer Gin, they share their tales and the journey of creating one of the most distinctive gins in the market. In this conversation, we explore the core range of Longshot Distillery's offerings, uncovering the inspiration, botanicals, and unique distillation processes that make Racketeer Gin stand out. Adam and Lesley also give us an exclusive look into their limited releases, discussing the innovation and experimentation that go into these special batches. Get ready to be immersed in a story not just about gin, but about passion, creativity, and the art of distilling. Whether you're a gin aficionado or new to the world of spirits, this episode promises to offer fascinating insights into the craft of gin making. Join us as we raise a glass to the dedication and craft of Longshot Distillery. Don't forget to share your thoughts and questions by reaching out to us at or on socials @distilnationnz Follow us for more stories and conversations from the fascinating world of spirits. Cheers! 🍸
    1 h 34 min. 35 sec.
  • Gift the Spirit of NZ: A Whisky Lover's Holiday Guide. Holiday Cocktails and Chats!

    12 DIC 2023 · In this festive and final episode of the year, join Cameron and Tom as they unwrap the ultimate New Zealand Whisky Gift Guide. Perfect for the holiday season, we delve into the best NZ whisky selections for Scotch and Bourbon lovers, guiding you through a world of local alternatives that match, or even surpass, international standards. But that's not all - we're also stirring up some holiday spirit with a special segment on holiday cocktails. Discover how to infuse your festive gatherings with a touch of Kiwi whisky magic, making your celebrations all the more memorable. As we wrap up the year and our current season, we reflect on our journey through the world of NZ whisky and the wonderful community we've built together. Get ready to jot down notes for your holiday shopping, mix up some delightful drinks, and raise a glass to a fantastic year. We thank you for being part of our spirited adventure and can't wait to reconnect in 2024 with more stories, tastes, and discoveries. Until then, reach out with your holiday toasts, questions, or ideas at or join our conversation on social media @distilnationnz. Happy holidays and cheers to a wonderful New Year! 🥃🎄🎉
    1 h 17 sec.

Join Tom from Herrick Creek and Cameron from Discovering Drams on the Distil-Nation NZ Podcast as they dive into the heart of New Zealand's distilling scene. We chat with makers,...

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Join Tom from Herrick Creek and Cameron from Discovering Drams on the Distil-Nation NZ Podcast as they dive into the heart of New Zealand's distilling scene.
We chat with makers, break down processes, and share the stories behind your favourite local spirits.
Simple, raw, and real — this is New Zealand spirits, uncorked.
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