From Full Circle Craft Distillers Co., the Philippines’s first authentic craft distillery has launched their gin spirit, Archipelago Botanical Gin and Archipelago Barrel Reserve and Archipelago Lava Rock Vodka.
These were created to promote the very best of Philippine liquor by using a rare blend of 28 exotic botanicals—22 of which are native in the country.
ARC Botanical Gin is an unfiltered spirit with citrus-forward complex notes made with pomelos from Davao, pine buds from Benguet, dalandan oranges from Quezon Province, and fresh mango from the owners’ family farm in Dansol, Pangasinan.
ARC Barrel Reserve Gin rests the ARC Botanical Gin in toasted American Oak barrels, which then adds aromas of vanilla bean, caramel, dark chocolate, toasted almond, and hazelnut.
The ARC Lava Rock Vodka), which is naturally filtered over lava rocks from the volcanoes of Taal and Mayon. This crisp spirit has a hint of minerality, celebrating the rich terrain of the Philippines.
Co-founded by Matthew and Laurie Westfall, Full Circle Craft Distilleries Co. was inspired by Matthew’s grandfather who came and worked for San Miguel Brewery, Manila back in 1918.
Every bottle is labeled by hand, signed, and batch-numbered by Matthew Westfall himself to certify the quality of each before it gets to your glass.
ARC Botanical Gin and its sister spirits have garnered international recognition and medals, including two Gold medals at the prestigious World Gin Awards 2019 and two Silvers at the World Spirits Awards as the first Philippine entrant in the event’s history.