The hectic birth of a Marlborough distillery coincided with a birth of the more natural kind.
After years in the making, Elemental Distiller co-owner Ben Leggett, released his Marlborough Roots Dry Gin recently.
And in a quirk of fate, his son Toby was born the day before the first scheduled bottling.
“Long story short, I took a single bottle … Toby’s cut, and that’s going to be the bottle that we will probably open for his 21st birthday.
“Even though it added a bit of stress to the day, it’s a nice memory that we’ve got this first bottle of gin taken from the absolute sweetest part of the gin cut.
“ … that will always be Toby’s bottle of gin and hopefully one day he will be able to enjoy it.
“It was by no means a planned event, it’s just the way life works sometimes,” Ben says.
Since it was first released at Feast Marlborough, the Roots Dry Gin has been a big hit.
The dad of two says his timing was good as the region has embraced the newest addition.
“Despite the love and scale of the wine industry here, people seem to be gin fiends as well.
Ben says the day Toby was born, he had 200 litres of his first gin run ready to go.
“The day that my son Toby was born, I had 200 litres of my very first gin run sitting in the still waiting to be run off”.
He says once both mother and baby were well and resting in hospital, he was given permission to shoot away and deal with it.
“We seem to be timing it quite well with a bit of a gin renaissance that Marlborough seems to be going through,” he says.
The distillery is based at Vines Village off of Rapaura Rd.