Flavored Gin — New Zealand

I was chatting to the guy in my local liquor store about gins and he asked if I'd tried a Pineapple Lump one. Now Pineapple lumps are these iconic NZ chocolate covered Pineapple chewy type lolly. And Interestingly 1919 was the year NZ voted on prohibition and it was about to pass when 40,000 special votes from soldiers still overseas, aboard ships, or in camps or hospitals in New Zealand from WWI were counted. Prohibition was beaten 264,189 votes to 253,827 (yes NZ is a small country!). Yet another thing we can thank our brave service people for. This was the first – and last – time that the question would be decided by a simple majority in a nationwide poll. A second referendum held alongside the December 1919 general election included a third option: state purchase and control of the sale of alcohol. This time prohibition came within 1600 votes of victory. Although the prohibitionist cause remained strong until the 1930s, New Zealand would never again come as near to banning the bottle as it did in the twin referendums of 1919. Anyhow four things struck me with this gin when I was drinking it: 1) It really shouldn't be the mantle /poster child for celebrating such a momentous event (although to be fair it's the distillery which is named 1919 not the actual gin version) 2) Despite being informed it was going to be a lot better than it wasn't 3) Are we reaching peak gin when we see stuff like this come out 4) How much more crazier are the gin flavors going to get! I won't rate it out of kindness to the person who gave me a taste but as you can guess it's nowhere near 5 stars.
  • Soba45

    @1901 Yeah until I drank this gin I had no idea myself. 50 years exactly the 6pm closing time went for. Introduced as a wartime 'efficiency' measure in 1917 finished up in 1967!

  • 1901

    Interesting history of NZ prohibition. Wasn't pub closing time set at 6pm in NZ for decades?

  • Soba45

    @PBMichiganWolverine Vegemite is where its at (it's like a Coke Pepsi thing!)

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    That NZ trip reminds me...hey @cascode , you guys still do those vegemite toast? Not half bad. With a strong cup of coffee to wash it down

  • Soba45

    @PBMichiganWolverine @LeeEvolved Hes lying Lee they are terrible you've missed out on nothing...hahaha :-). Ok ok next package I'll get some although maybe higher risk of stopping at the boarder due to containing food? So maybe separate package...i wonder how many I can get in an envelope..

  • PBMichiganWolverine

    I love those pineapple lumps! Ages ago when I visited the south isle in NZ, I bought back a bunch. We don’t get them in the US. Just like last year , i bought back these salty licorice from it’s only sweet ones

  • Soba45

    @LeeEvolved Don't worry you aren't missing much!

  • LeeEvolved

    If only you had thrown in a couple of those lollipops with that care package. This sounds intriguing?