Taranaki’s Juno Gin has released a new gin pack that highlights the incredible lives of three Kiwi women who helped shape Aotearoa in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8.
Juno Gin is New Zealand’s goddess of gin and they produce a hand-selected, harmonious blend of pure NZ mountain water and the finest botanicals and spices. This family owned business develop and release a gin every three months, which will reflect that season. The Juno Extra Fine gin has won seven international awards to date.
The Trailblazers gift pack features four 200ml bottles with three recipes chosen to reflect activist, philanthropist and arts patron Monica Brewster, artist and poet Emily Harris, and surgeon and researcher Jean Sandel. It will also include Juno’s signature Extra Fine gin.
The pack was labelled the Trailblazers to reference the vivacious personality of all three women. Founder of Juno Gin, Jo James says “By raising these women up as role models, we aim to remind ourselves, as well as other Kiwis, that we too can be part of the solution and leave a positive mark on the world around us”. Each delicious drop contains different flavour profiles, reflective of the personality of each trailblazer.
MONICA, named after Monica Brewster, who was ahead of her time. This worldly and well-travelled woman is remembered for her advocacy of women’s rights, the environment, pacifism and passion for the arts. Monica helped found several organisations but her greatest legacy is the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery named in her honour. From MONICA you can expect a triple-distilled gin that reflects her independent and adventurous spirit. It’s a full-flavoured citrus gin, sparkling with notes of kaffir lime.
EMILY, named after Emily Cumming Harris, who was one of New Zealand’s first prominent female artists. She exhibited her paintings of local plants and flowers all over the world, and was also a talented writer and poet. Her writing reveals glimpses of life in the 1800s, particularly during the wars of the 1860s. Her diaries describe an era where the primary role for women was supporting one. Emily’s gin captures her love of all things botanical and is an indulgent honey gin that sings with lime blossom, lemon verbena and chamomile.
JEAN, named after Jean Sandel, who was a doctor surgeon and pioneer for cariovascular surgery and Māori health. She was an important voice, always encouraging women to further their studies. She led the surgical department at Taranaki Base Hospital and was generally on-call at all times, although known to slip away to watch the cricket where she could. JEAN is a nod to enjoying a relaxing moment on the green in the summer sun. It includes notes of red clover flower rounded off with lush orange.
The packs will be available to purchase from March 8 in stores and through the Juno Gin website.