This is a unique small batch distilled Gin. With a unique citrus taste, and a unique history, originating in the pacific islands.
The overall taste is not initially as dry as London Dry Gin. There is a high level of citrus from our distillation process with no added flavours.
It is fuller in the mouth than most Dry Gins, right to the last drop. Excellent balance with a dollop of Juniper and Angelic dryness at the finish.
Truly a Gin that can be enjoyed by Traditional Gin Drinkers and new Gin drinkers who are after unique refreshing tastes.
The seed cone of the Juniper plant, our Juniper berries impart subtle fragrant notes of pine, menthol and lavender.
Fresh Sweet Navel oranges are used in our gin to add that signature clean crisp citrus taste.
Coriander seeds are the fruit of the Chinese parsley plant. They impart sweet but sharp tangy citrus flavours.
Grains of Paradise is aptly named because of the historical claim by spice traders that it grew only in Eden. We source our Grains of Paradise from the Ivory Coast. It adds both pepper and ginger notes to the mix.
Root of the Iris flower sourced from Italy, Orris root imparts violet and scented notes to our Gin.
Angelica root sourced from Poland is finely ground to impart maximum flavours. The root is added to balance out any floral notes, imparting an earthy woody taste to our Gin.
Fresh limes used in our Gin are grown in NZ, Australia and the Americas and add a crisp citrus tang to the Gin.
Green Cardamom comes from Guatemala and imparts spicy and aromatic notes of citrus and ginger.
Our cubeb berries are sourced from Indonesia and used in the Gin to impart subtle floral aromas of rose and lavender with a very slightly pepper finish.
The bark of the Chinese cinnamon tree is sourced from Asia and leaves the gin with delicate cinnamon undertones.
The root of Glycyrrhiza glabra, this is sourced from Asia and used in our gin to add sweet flavours.
Bitter almonds are used in small quantities to tie all the flavours together and add a subtle nutty flavour.
Our distillation process infuses 100% neutral spirit with premium botanicals, by running the spirit through a single column reflux still and infusing the vapour with the rich botanical flavours before the spirit gets condensed at the top of the column and returns to its liquid form.
Our Botanicals are a unique combination of traditional London Dry Gin botanicals and fresh citrus fruit.
This process has been a real labour of love and because of the tightly held "recipes" and secrets of the methodology of Gin manufacture, it has taken John and Anthony more than a decade of pain staking development of the techniques and perfecting the ratios of botanicals to make this a truly premium well balanced Gin.
Above: Creator John Sexton
Left: Brahnes of "Niumate" plantation, Liahona,
Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga; 1921
Right: John & Judith Sexton
Spirit distilling for home consumption has been legal in New Zealand since 1996; one of only a handful of countries world-wide.
This has created a sub-culture of distilling "nerds" including John Sexton and his son, Anthony, with the competency to make a world class Gin.
VAIONE has received many awards since 2006 including:
John Sexton is a New Zealander, of Niuean descent, born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand.
His heritage encompasses the South Pacific Islands of the Independent State of Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, the Black Pearl Island of Manihiki in the Cook Islands, Niue the smallest Independent Nation in the World 19000'' 46.76''S 169055' 25.16''W, and New Zealand.
The City of Auckland in New Zealand has the largest melting pot Pacific Island community in the world.
John is married to Judith, and they have two adult sons. Their son Anthony has been involved with this project from the beginning.
John's father's family, the Brahnes (Brainehs) of "Niumate" (Newmartee) plantation, Liahona, Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga; 1921
Grand-Mother Ana Luise, 3rd from left Great Grandfather, Heinrich (Hans) Bruno Brahne, 5th from left. He jumped ship in the South Pacific in the mid nineteenth century (1800's). Established a large copra plantation in Liahona, Nukualofa, Kingdom of Tonga.
Three of the sons, Ernst Otto, Heinrich Ludwig and Hans Bruno jnr, were interned on Somes Island, Wellington Harbour, during the Second World War.
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