Following the release of their 2020 year-end limited-edition gin Awakenings, Hong Kong's first licenced craft gin distillery N.I.P, releases a new gin in the market to celebrate the Year of the Ox. Named 800M (800 million), the gin was inspired from Fat Choi Spirit, a comedy film released in 2002 Lunar New Year, and one of the distiller's favourite films. With only 888 bottles released in the market, the spirit combines eight botanicals inspired by ingredients traditionally used in CNY festivities. Distilled in a copper pot-column distillation system custom made in Germany, the gin uses juniper berries, mandarin, lotus seeds, lily, black dates, ginger, tieguanyin tea, and an addition of gold flakes – a unique combination that encapsulates the aroma and flavour notes usually associated with Chinese New Year celebrations.
Where to buy: Available online via nipdistilling.com and in select supermarkets and liquor stores in the city.