Whether you want to discover the secrets of craft-distilling or just are an absolute devoted gin fan, you could get some ginspiration this festive season at Inverroche Distillery’s Gin School.
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Words by Greg Landman
Why not stoke your curiosity by joining the small-group, interactive classes and learn all about the art of alchemy? Look the part with your own distillers’ cap as you take a journey which is part science, part personal creativity as you select and weigh your own combination of botanicals with which to infuse your gin. It’s your hand-crafted gin, so make it according to your palate or take some guidance from your Inverroche host.
Once you’ve fired-up your small copper pot still, you will record, taste, observe and measure the spirit as the concentrated vapours start to flow from the condenser into your spirit glass. Put all your senses to the test to differentiate between the heads, hearts and tails.
When the last drop has emerged from your mini-still you will measure your distilled spirit using a hydrometer, break down your gin with purified water, personally bottle the liquid, name your gin and write your own limited edition label.
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You will leave with your bottle of gin, distillers cap, two bottles of tonic, a G&T glass, gin booklet and your own recipe card. But the most precious gift you take home is your new found knowledge and appreciation for small-batch, hand-crafted gin.
The Gin School is held at Inverroche Distillery’s Gin Sensorium on Old Riversdale Road in Still Bay and held from 13 December to 13 January, Monday to Saturday from 16:00 to 18:00. The school is closed on Sundays and Christmas Day and booking is essential. Cost is R450 per person and open to those over the age of 18.
Inverroche will also be offering tutored tastings, distillery tours, product introductions, serve inspirational cocktails in the G&T Garden and Meg’s Lounge and the Inverroche store will be open for take-me-home luxury.
During the festive season the distillery will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10:00 to 16:00, and on Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00. Distillery tours will be conducted at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 and booking essential for the tours as well as tutored tastings. Formal tastings, distillery tours as well as the G&T Garden and Meg’s Lounge will be closed on Sundays.
For more information or to make a booking call 028 754 2442 or send an email to [email protected]