Does diversification help make better spirits.
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
11M ago
Can diversification of spirit styles actually help improve quality? Diversification of products within a distillery isn't just about expanding the consumer base or increasing revenue streams; it's also a pathway to honing and evolving the skills of the distillers themselves. Just as escapees from traditional confines seek new experiences, so too do distillers benefit from pushing their boundaries through crafting a diverse range of spirits. Lets find the similarities. In order to look at how distillation of different spirits i.e Rum, Whisky and Gin can actually help make better spirit and di ..read more
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Exploring the Captivating World of 1919 Distilling's New Yuzu Gin: A Citrus Infusion to Savor
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
Step into a world of vibrant flavors and exquisite craftsmanship as we unveil 1919 Distilling's latest creation: the alluring Yuzu Gin. Infused with the essence of the Japanese yuzu fruit, this limited edition gin promises to take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey. Join us as we delve into the captivating world of 1919 Distilling's Yuzu Gin, discovering its unique qualities, and exploring two tantalizing Yuzu Gin cocktails that will leave you craving for more. Discovering the Essence of Yuzu Gin: At the heart of 1919 Distilling's Yuzu Gin lies the aromatic and tangy yuzu fruit. Burst ..read more
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The History of Rum
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
The history of rum is a rich and complex tale that dates back to the 17th century. This versatile and potent spirit is made from sugarcane and is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. From its early beginnings as a popular drink among sailors to its modern-day use as an ingredient in cocktails, rum has a fascinating history. The origins of rum can be traced back to the sugarcane-growing regions of the Caribbean and South America. Sugar was a valuable commodity and the byproduct of sugar production, molasses, was used to make rum. The first recorded instance of rum being made was on ..read more
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MEET THE DISTILLER: SOREN CRABB, 1919 DISTILLING
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
Soren Crabb of 1919 Distilling used to drive cruise ships. During that period he was fortunate enough to travel the globe from Alaska to Antarctica, often sampling local spirits and other unique offerings available. Around 2014, in the Northern Hemisphere, Crabb noticed a few ‘craft’ distilleries popping up, and without knowing much - apart from the products tasting delicious - was fascinated by the concept of creating something with his hands.  In 2015, Crabb decided to take the plunge, and spent his time in preparation visiting every distillery in every port, often finding himself in pr ..read more
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The best gin cocktails for 2021
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
The best gin cocktails for 2021 Gin lovers rejoice, 2021 is here and that means it's time to find your cocktail shaker, stock up on your favourite drink ingredients and invite your friends over to yours for an afternoon in the sun. We've got the only list you'll need to make the best gin cocktails. With that said, while the sunshine definitely makes a chilled martini all the more enticing, mixing your favourite gin cocktail definitely isn't just reserved for warmer months. With these all-time favourite gin cocktail recipes, you'll be everyone's all-time favourite host, whatever the time of ye ..read more
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The Rise of New Zealand Gin
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
Gin has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the Netherlands way back in the 13th Century. Back then it was called Genever and didn't closely resemble the oh-so-drinkable spirit that we know and love in New Zealand today. So, what has given rise to the range of craft spirits, or more importantly, gin, that we in NZ so happily consume on a regular basis? And how does NZ gin stack up? Gin is trending Gin has had its ups and downs since its inception in the 16th century, but its most recent rise to fame is said to be credited to a gin movement that started in London, UK in the late 90 ..read more
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The History of New Zealand Whisky
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
When you think of a great whisky and it's origins, New Zealand might not be the first country that comes to mind. You might first think of other places around the world, like Ireland, Scotland and maybe even the United States. However, New Zealand's history with whisky is more remarkable than you may think. We once had a thriving whisky culture. Read on to find out about our whiskey heritage, why NZ whisky is on the rise again, and what makes 1919 Distilling's whisky so special. The history of New Zealand whisky New Zealand's foreray into whisky making began in the 1830's when Scottish settler ..read more
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Everything You Need To Know About Pink Gin
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
Gin, you either love it, or you just haven't tried a good quality one yet. It's traditionally known to be a liquor that is clear like water, deriving its predominant flavour from juniper berries. But what about pink gin? Is it a whole different ball game? If you love a classic gin, will you like a pink one? And how do you drink it? Pink gin isn't something to fear, it's actually an underrated spirit that we're sure you'll soon be adding to your alcohol cabinet, or ordering next time you're out. It's a drink that dates back longer than you may think and deserves a spot on your favourite spirit ..read more
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What is Craft Distilling
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
Even if you are not much of a spirit drinker odds are you have walked into a liquor store and seen the whisky and gins on the shelf under labels like Johnny Walker or Bombay Sapphire. If you’ve ever had a bit more of a look, you would have noticed that some brands you haven't heard of are starting to command shelf space. These are the rebels, the independent brands driving the craft spirit movement. Following in the footsteps of craft beer, over the last few year craft spirits have started to enjoy a small boom, with new distilleries and local brands popping up, typically founded on a dream a ..read more
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A Distillers Guide to Distillation
1919 Distilling Journal
by Soren Crabb
1y ago
One of our principles at 1919 Distilling is to be transparent about how we make our gin, so find a comfy seat pour a drink and settle in as we dive into the step-by-step process. STEP ONE: THE WASH First things first we need to make alcohol. To achieve this, we start with a wash/mash. This is done using wheat, corn, barley, sugar or molasses and adding water to make a sweet sugary fermentable liquid. Once we have our mash or wash, we are ready for the next step, adding the yeast. Yeast is one of the most essential ingredients, and to be honest, they can be a little bit precious. If the yeast ..read more
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