Greytown Fine Distillates (Lighthouse Gin) was formed in 2005 and is dedicated to creating small batches of traditionally distilled spirits.
The Lighthouse brand was inspired by the spectacular Cape Palliser Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of the Wairarapa and the southernmost tip of the North Island of New Zealand.
On a clear day, looking south-west you can occasionally glimpse the Seaward Kaikoura mountains of the South Island but looking to the south-east from Cape Palliser you can see only the wild, aquamarine-blue ocean stretching all the way to Antarctica – a worthy place for a great cast-iron lighthouse, which was imported from Birmingham in 1896-7 and erected in sections, one on top of the other, hauled up by cast-iron pulleys to the top of a seemingly inaccessible cliff.
There was no road until 1941 and in the preceding years the lighthouse families would have lived very isolated existences.
The Cape Palliser Lighthouse is an unforgettable place, inhabited by a growing population of fur seals and the intrepid fishermen of Ngawi village, their fishing boats hauled up the shingle banks, with their precious catches of crayfish.
Greytown Fine Distillates is the brainchild of Neil Catherall, the company’s distiller and master craftsman, and Andrew Wright, a local businessman. Their vision and drive combine with the energy and enthusiasm of distiller James Graham to form the core team responsible for bringing Lighthouse™ Gin to you.
Lighthouse gin has a very fine, soft tone with an individual botanical profile that is charming without lacking energy. The citrus and juniper are finely balanced giving a fresh, clean start on the palate with the deeper spices adding length and complexity to the mid palate. Soft characters that hint at vanilla linger at the finish along with a strong botanical verve. This is a pure and complex gin with magnificent lemon and juniper accents to begin, a finely spiced mid palate and a soft lingering finish.