The gin to your tonic: Forth Luck Gin

Daniel Stapleforth is passionate about gin. In fact, he is so passionate about it that, along with three childhood friends, he has set up his own gin distillery.

Daniel spent many years working in breweries and distilleries around the world, loving the creation of different beer and spirit flavours. Back in
New Zealand, just as the Covid-19 pandemic hit, he had a lightbulb moment.

“I was tired of big cities,” Daniel says. “I wanted the clean air of the New Zealand countryside and I found it, high on a hill near Cust in North Canterbury. It’s a place totally conducive to the creation of gins full of wonderful botanical flavours.”

Starting a new business in the middle of a pandemic takes courage, but Daniel and his friends have persisted.

They now produce three different gin styles:

Chic Gin (their take on pink gin with flavours of juniper, angelica, orange, strawberry, raspberry and hibiscus)
NZ Dry Gin (consisting of eight different botanicals including juniper, coriander, liquorice root and citrus)
Premium Gin (a modern contemporary gin very forward on botanicals as it contains 10 different floral and
herb elements).

Each of the styles is hand-crafted in small batches by Daniel as much as possible using organic locally sourced ingredients. Everything is natural without any enhancers or sweeteners. The result is a prestige product worthy of a place on the shelves of any liquor store in the world.

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