Dancing Sands Distillery

In everything we do, we focus on purity.  We believe that nature has gifted New Zealand as one of the last remaining pure places on the planet.  Our goal is to honour the gift bestowed upon us by using the finest ingredients to create high quality, premium, craft products for you to enjoy.

Our story begins with our aquifer which feeds Pupu Springs, the clearest spring water in the world with under water visibility of 63 metres.  The purity of our water sets the standard for every ingredient, every decision we make.  Does it meet the 63m standard?  

We use a 150 litre Jacob Carl copper still.  Each still is made of hand beaten copper and custom made.  Ours was made in 1986 in Copenhagen before being shipped to New Zealand.  It is a classic still that requires care and attention to every detail during distillation.  Modern stills automate much of the process.  We prefer to operate by hand, smell, and taste.

The size of our still means that we only produce small batch runs.  



Our barrels are a mix of French and American Oak barrels, both new barrels and once used Cognac barrels.   


Our hand crafted spirits





Latest News

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