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Award at the IWSC

Being a small distillery with limited funds I have to choose which competitions I enter annually very carefully. As I work solo and as such become very bias towards me beautiful gins and their flavours, sending them off to competitions to be blind tasted is not only terrifying but provides amazing unbiased feedback from prestigious … Read more


Why make a liqueur?? well why not. We have a saturated gin market and if I am to create a new product then it has to be linked to what I do, have a good story and meaning behind it and be something that I love to bits, like my gins. When I moved to … Read more

ENC Business awards

Last week I attended the Enterprise North Canterbury business awards Gala. There were 7 businesses from Kaikōura who were finalists and attending the gala evening.. This was an award which I entered back in June… It was the first time I had made time to really get into the nuts and bolts of my business, … Read more


A few months ago Enterprise North Canterbury announced that for the first time these business awards were going to include Kaikōura businesses in it. I thought, why not I didn’t think I was particularly savy in this area and applying for these awards would serve to strengthen up my business objectives and plans. Over the … Read more


Oh boy what a ride this has been over the last few days…. I spent the last week making sure I had every part of what I needed stocked up… just incase, because people tell you to be prepared, I hadn’t really expected what happened and was living in blissful ignorance of the potential that … Read more

Country calendar comes to the distillery….

March 23, 2023 Isn’t it funny how one things leads to another, last November I had a lovely visit from Radio NZ to chat about all things gin and why I headed into the distilling business and what I do in my small nano distillery… that lead to a call from the research team at … Read more

Qualmark recognition

Over the last year, I have been working hard with legislation and licencing to be able to offer tours, tastings and sales from the distillery. Once I had met all the criteria and my doors were open, it was a natural progression to then ensure that the foundations of the distillery and work that goes … Read more

The first Shearwater donation…

When I created this small business of mine, one of my visions was to give back to the local community by donating to worthy causes. It is with great delight that I can share with you that after a year of shearwater gin sales I have been able to donate just under $1500 to the … Read more

Mt Fyffe Distillery goes mobile

When I moved to New Zealand 22 years ago the first thing I bought was this trusty Landcruiser to get me up the ski hills and into the backcountry. Since having a family I upgraded to a “normal’ truck but have always had the need to keep this old faithful. After dealing with the rust … Read more


This has certainly been a very busy three weeks for Mt Fyffe Distillery, firstly the NZ Spirits awards in Auckland where we won the trophy for Emerging product, Launching a week later in Kaikōura and finally a week after that being one of the stall holders at the inaugural winter Gindulgence in Christchurch. That a … Read more