Lighthouse Gin Hawthorne Edition 70cl
A delicious Navy Strength addition to the Lighthouse famliy, with a deliciously intense flavour
Lighthouse Gin Hawthorne Edition
Coming all of the way from New Zealand, you know this gin is going to be something special. Made on the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand, this gin comes from Martinborough. It is here that the namesame of the gin comes from, a great cast-iron lighthouse , the Cape Palliser Lighthouse which is immortalised on every bottle. (It actually came all the way from the UK in 1896 when New Zealand was still a British colony).
Lighthouse's Hawthorne Edition is their Navy-Strength edition, and is bottled at 57% abv. This increased alcohol content holds a great amount of the essential oils and flavourings in the gin, and so the flavours are really increased here.
Just like its brother, the Hawthorne edition uses the same unique blend of botanicals, which master distiller Neil Catherall spent years researching before establishing Lighthouse Gin in 2005. These botanicals include fresh zest from New Zealand Navel oranges and Yen Ben lemons, which really makes this a special gin. (The other botanicals they use are juniper berries, coriander seed, cinnamon, almonds, cassia bark, orris root and liquorice root.)
The attention to details continues in the water they use. It travels from high in the Rimutaka Ranges, filtering down to a spring beside the breathtaking Wharekauhau Country Estate in Palliser Bay.
The Hawthorne Edition takes the delicious flavours found in their classic gin and turns up the flavour dial on them. Whereas the classic is softer with the botanical notes, this is intense and peppery. However it still retains its citrus forward notes, and a strong earthy note from the piney juniper. The finish remains silky and smooth.
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We love this in a classic gin & tonic, but its strength and flavour profile also really works when used in a Martini.
For a delicious g&t, take a glass filled with ice and add 50ml of gin. Gently pour over 100 - 150ml of Fentimans Connoiseurs tonic (this deserves to be drunk stronger, and savoured slowly). Stir gently and garnish with a wedge of lemon and a few juniper berries.