The story of Broken Heart Gin begins with two Germans living in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Joerg was a pilot and Bernd an engineer. Both philosophers and committed Master Distillers, they formed their friendship around a still and a passion for perfecting spirits of rare complexity and ﬁne ﬂavours.
Those were the glory days and nothing captured the ﬂavour of that time better than the inspiration Bernd and Joerg shared to create a superb gin – an intricate balance of eleven botanicals and surprisingly good with a twist of orange. It became a ritual, one a day at dusk, as day tumed to night, the taste of the time of in-between..
But life is no straight line. Bernd fell gravely ill, fought bravely, then sadly died. Where once had been a life that felt like it would go on forever, now were broken hearts.
As Joerg travelled down the healing road, he realised that as much as a broken heart hurts, it’s also a space to be ﬁlled with new beginnings. Like a gin at dusk, a moment of in-between. And so he decided to share the superb gin with the world and to call it Broken Heart for him.
FRESH When exploring the components which contribute to flavour profiles, the water is a oft neglected element. At Broken Heart, we only use the finest glacial water from Queenstown. This gives our gin a level of fresh crispness which acts as a refreshing canvas for our botanicals to shine through.
DRY Without Juniper berries, it wouldn’t be gin of course! These days though, its hard to find a gin with a good juniper lead. We’ve made sure that our juniper presence is strong, so much so, that it translates to pine notes on the nose, emanating the winter-time Otago landscape.
EARTHY A quintessential feature of kiwi life is fresh hearty produce and good beer. By combining Angelica Root with Nelson grown hops and malt, we’ve paid homage to a robust, wholesome and earthy way of life. We really have aimed to create Middle Earth in a glass!
SPICY There are a few other botanicals in this category that we like to keep a mystery (after all, a magician never reveals its secrets!). What we will tell you is that the Pimento and ginger work together as core drivers to the spice flavours which come through on the palate. It balances the earthy flavours by giving it more oomph without dominating the overall profile.
FLORAL Abundant in New Zealand’s South Island is wild-grown lavender. Its place in the gin is central to its flavour profile: it flirts with the palate by balancing the robust flavours with something far more delicate...
Broken Heart Spirits, 3 Whitechapel Road, Arrow Junction, RD 1, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand, Land of the Long Gin Cloud