“…artisan gin distilleries began popping up in the past five years. The trend caught the eye of liquor marketers Mark Neal and Daniel McLaughlin, who, thoughtfully, noticed the need here for new gins.
In the three years the pair spent talking to distillers and gin gurus in the UK, Australia, even the United States, they became fascinated by the old-school history of the spirit and the modern takes on the classic. It helped that they describe themselves a fanatical gin drinkers. And last month they finally launched their Rogue Society gin to high end bars around the country.
Gold was struck when they found a master distiller in Christchurch who had been distilling for over 30 years in a beautiful 300 year-old copper John Dore still from an original London gin palace.”
By Catherine Smith Friday Apr 4, 2014
“Rogue Society founders Daniel Mclaughlin, Mark Neal and Richard Bourke have been working on developing their drink and the bottle for the past three years and believe they have finally got it right.
The gin was sold in a bar for the first time last month and is now available in about 20 bars in Auckland. Mclaughlin says Wellington is next, followed by Christchurch, Queenstown and eventually liquor retailers. Bottles retail at about $80.”
By LAURA WALTERS 15/03/2014
“The bottle design is based on a 300-year-old Geneva bottle,” says Mclaughlin when describing how they sourced various antique bottles on Trade Me and eBay before settling on a design that they found suitable.”