Frequently Asked questions
Paper Lantern is a modern gin inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia. We make our own base spirit, made from rice, produced on-site at the distillery, offering a very rare and unique grain-to-glass experience. Moving away from the commercially sourced neutral grain spirits and building on a rice base gives our gin a noticeable silkiness when you take your first sip. Our botanicals are a carefully curated selection of Asian spices and flavors. As we painstakingly moved through hundreds of botanicals and botanical combinations before settling on the final recipe, we found a beautiful flavor pairing with the Sichuan peppercorn and the Makhwaen peppercorn, both from the same family of spices, but each bringing powerful but distinct aromatic elements to the final product. While we have seen one or two other gins out there using Sichuan Pepper in the last few years, no one does it better than Paper Lantern.
Paper Lantern is a very unique gin, a very modern gin – we call it ‘gin re-imagined’. Unrestricted by the regulations of the London Dry style, we have been able to showcase the flavors of the region. Led by the boldly fragrant, earthy, and spicy notes of Sichuan pepper, our gin is made up of eight botanicals. As with all gins, a healthy dose of juniper sets the flavor stage for the other botanical additions. Ginger and galangal add warm notes on the finish with your perfumed citrus notes from the lemongrass and makhwaen (a peppercorn native to the northern Indochina, running across Thailand and Vietnam). Paper Lantern is incredibly smooth thanks to its carefully crafted rice base spirit and it is finished with just a touch of Longan berry honey. It is this smoothness in particular that makes it a wonderful sipping gin. The bold botanical additions give it a flavour profile that isn’t shy and stands out in cocktails. We are proud that our gin can be enjoyed by both gin aficionados as well as new gin drinkers who have always shied away from the older, drier gin styles. This is certainly not your father’s gin. Unless he likes this gin, in which case, it can be his gin too. Makes a great gift for Father’s day!
Our company was conceived, founded, and is headquartered in Singapore. Singapore was where we launched our first batch and is the first country where Paper Lantern Gin was sold, but it’s important to note we don’t distill here. We operate a concept we call the ‘Living Distillery’. The development of the recipe took over a year to come up with, but once that was finalized, we decided that production would be wherever we could source the best quality of ingredients. Currently we produce in Northern Vietnam but we have previously produced in Thailand. We are a regional brand – a celebration of the flavors of Asia. Paper Lantern is an expression of our passion for the entire region of Southeast Asia, not any one country.
You can enjoy Paper Lantern Gin in cocktails too! We are currently listed in cocktail menus of popular hotels, bars and restaurants in Singapore.
Please expect delivery within 3-4 business days, let us know if you have a preference on date and timing. Please refer to the Shipping & Returns for more details.
Currently, we are only available within Singapore. We are working hard so we can start exporting to other countries – expect to find a bottle of Paper Lantern Gin in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, India, Japan and Germany soon.