Little Biddy's Big Win

The little West Coast town of Reefton is home to a distillery that's making some pretty big moves, following up an international gold award with a new limited-edition Cask Aged Bourbon

With the doors to their West Coast distillery open for just under two years, Reefton Distilling Co. continue to achieve an impressive lineup of awards for their range of premium small batch distilled spirits.

Having already attained fifteen awards at both the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), and the New Zealand Spirits Awards (NZSA) in both 2019 and 2020, this modern distillery from an age-old town, has struck gold at the 2020 SIP Awards, the only internationally recognised consumer judging spirits competition

Having made the decision to enter just the Little Biddy Gin - Classic in this renowned international competition, Reefton Distilling Co. Founder and Chief Executive Patsy Bass commented, “This is another huge vote of confidence in our products and we are extremely pleased to know that we continue to stand with the best. We all believe that we are crafting something special, but to have this recognition from a blind tasting by consumer judges is significant.” 

Not content to rest on their laurels, Reefton Distilling Co. continue to add exciting new products to their Little Biddy Gin range and have just launched a new limited release, Little Biddy Gin – Cask Aged (Bourbon).

Having rested in a rich and flavourful ex. Bourbon American Oak Cask, Little Biddy Gin – Cask Aged (Bourbon) emerges a rich autumnal gold.  Vapour infused with thirteen botanicals, five of which are foraged fresh from the West Coast rainforest prior to distillation, the maturation in the cask has further infused this gin with serene notes of sweet vanilla, honeyed maple, warming clove and cinnamon.

Little Biddy Gin – Cask Aged (Bourbon) is Reefton Distilling Co.’s second limited release, and the first crafted by Distiller Beth Scott.  Beth, a graduate from the University of Otago who holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Food Science, minoring in Marketing, made a career move to take up the role as Distiller at Reefton Distilling Co. just over a year ago.   Beth says that she loves working with natural ingredients and the unique characteristics that the different botanicals bring to the flavour of each gin.

Beth described how crafting this special gin marked a truly memorable moment in her career, saying, “Watching the distilled spirit transform through the ageing process, anticipating, tasting and then deciding that it was ready to be removed from the cask, was an unforgettable experience.”

At 47% abv and at $249.99 per bottle, this limited release is New Zealand’s most exclusive gin.  Batch limited to only 343 bottles, each signed by Distiller Beth and in a hand-crafted black and gold gift box, Little Biddy Gin - Cask Aged (Bourbon) is available while stocks last at select stores nationally or direct from Reefton Distilling Co.’s cellar door and online store.