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Published on October 23, 2023.

Authentic filipino beverages.

Full Circle Craft Distillers Co are the first authentic craft distillery in the Philippines. They are a family-owned and operated distillery with a passion to promote the very best of the Philippines. Matthew and Laurie Westfall produce handcrafted artisanal spirits alongside their team, only using time honored traditions and techniques within their work. It is a blend of science, alchemy and art with the authentic craft of distilling at the heart of what they do. 


Full Circle Distillery is also sustainably driven which aligns with their key values. Authenticity in every step of the craft distilling process, making sure it is genuine and real. They are proudly transparently in all that they do, educating in the process. Integrity in handcrafting their artisanal spirits using time-honored traditions and techniques with no shortcuts or compromises. Precision as they embrace ingenuity and innovation into their research of history and best practices. They are committed to true craft, which means small-batch, copper distilled, handcrafted spirits that have a Pride of Place. They aim to transform the essence and character of the Philippine Archipelago’s rich flora into a single magical moment of sensory enlightenment.


Archipelago Botanical Gin is the flagship of artisanal Archipelago gin. It is handcrafted from 28 botanicals, 22 of which are sourced and foraged across the Philippines. It has a truly delicious citrus-forward flavor profile informed by fresh pomelo, dalandan, calamansi and dayap, anchored on a base of juniper, and rounded with fresh mango and fragrant sampaguita, ylang-ylang and kamia bowers. It offers an aroma of earthy coriander, savoury juniper and pine with a rounding of man. The finish brings grapefruit and toasted caramel, rounding off with a pinch of cinnamon and sweet spice. It has earned Platinum at the 2021 SIP Awards in USA and Gold at the World Gin Awards 2019, London, UK. 

Archipelago Barrel Reserve Gin is rested in new American oak barrels with a medium long toast. The gentle toasting allows the oak to impart a rich array of aromas and flavours of caramel, brioche and toasted marshmallow, balanced with juniper, citrus and floral notes, to achieve a true sipping gin. The aroma delivers a pure, citrus punch with caramom and cinnamon lingering on the nose. It finishes with pomelo and toasted caramel. A hint of sweet spice and pepper lingers also. This variation won Platinum at the ASCOT Awards in 2021 in USA and Double Gold with Best in Category at the 2021 SIP Awards, USA. 

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Chloe Lewis

Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine. 

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