About New Zealander Spirits

About New Zealander Spirits
The spirits industry in New Zealand is a modest one, producing several types of vodka (flavored and unflavored) along with a local take on such beverages as cream liqueur, limoncello and several others. Quality especially on a few examples of limoncello is excellent, as these products offer intense lemon character along with distinct spiciness.

There are also ready made cocktails that are produced, such as Margarita as well as various fruit daiquiris.

Top Picks for New Zealand

Sovrano Limoncello Cream Liqueur
93 points
$12.99
Opaque creamy straw yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of lemon chiffon cake, buttercream, vanilla custard, and lemon bar with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet full body and a graceful, medium-length finish with accents of lemon shortbread cookies and whipped cream finish. A decadent, creamy lemon liqueur that’s easy to love.
93 points $12.99
Sovrano Limoncello Original Liqueur
92 points
$12.99
Nearly opaque bright yellow color. Aromas of fresh lemon peel, hint of peppermint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass with a round, crisp, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length lemon-poppyseed scone and lemon marmalade finish. A naturally vibrant limoncello, a concentrated and pure expression that will work beautifully in cocktails and punches.
92 points $12.99
Sovrano Coffee Liqueur
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, grilled cacao, moka pot coffee, and molasses cookies with a lightly tannic, vibrant, very sweet medium-to-full body and a graceful, complex, long finish. A true-to-life, smoky-roasty Coffee Liqueur with excellent balance, texture and natural acidity.
91 points $13 Best Buy
VDKA 6100 Vodka
91 points
$29
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of peppercorns, lemon zest and shiitake mushrooms with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A smooth, plush Vodka for simple sipping or creative mixing; fantastically silky.
Broken Shed Vodka
90 points
$26.99
Clear color. Aromas of fresh cream and hint of fresh fennel with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length cream puff and powdered sugar finish. A creamy, balanced vodka; smooth as silk.
90 points $26.99
Scapegrace Gin
90 points
$34.99
Gin
Clear color. Aromas of cucumber, lime and orange candies, and cinnamon confection with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length fresh juniper and yuzu finish. A contemporary gin with a juicy, fresh, summertime vibe.
90 points $34.99
JiuJiu Blue Label Vodka
89 points
$38
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of milk toast, puffed cereals, and hints of olive brine with a satiny, bright, dry light body and a warming, medium-length finish. A mild and peppery Vodka well suited to Bloody Marys and other savory cocktails.
Championz Gin
87 points
$38
Gin
Brilliant clear color. Aromas and flavors of candied violets and tangerine peels, pink pepper, and juniper jam with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with suggestions of rice candy, yuzu, pepper, and wet stone. A lovely floral Gin with a solid earthy herbal backbone that will be a handy choice for effortless cocktailing.
JiuJiu Supreme Vodka
87 points
$39
Clear color. Aromas and flavors of fresh squeezed lemon juice and chalk with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a hot, brisk finish. A high octane, fairly neutral Vodka for the bold and boozy.
Sovrano Orangello Cream Liqueur
86 points
$12.99
Opaque creamy golden straw color. Creamy aromas of lemon yogurt, pound cake, marmalade, Swiss meringue, and cheesecake with a creamy, bright, very sweet full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length lemongrass, taro custard, almond sponge cake, and lemon blossom finish. Totally decadent; think of this as citrusy drinking custard.
86 points $12.99