The Gin Library


@ Solar Branco

It is fair to say that Ali knows something about gin. From a collection spanning almost 400 bottles, one of the largest collections in the world to the history of gin, he is a welcoming host to all. Having "tested" (OK, tasted) thousands of gin and tonics from all corners of the globe. From the busling bars of downtown Bangkok, to the worlds most predicious gin bar in Singapore to the best of London's Gin bars.

But as with anything, there is always more to learn. Gin is an ever evolving drink, and going by the last 300 years, there are plenty more adventures to come. With over 7,000 gins being made in distilleries around the world, from large distilleries in the UK, to backyard sheds in France gin is everywhere. Come on a worldwide journey of discovery. You can find directions to the Gin Library here on Google Maps.

One of The World's Largest Gin Displays

The Gin Library


Advance booking only: You are welcome to enjoy the Gin Library here on the Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate. With close to 400 gins on display this is one of the largest gin displays in the world. With Gin O'Clock (complimentary) each day showcasing a different gin as well as tasting featuring the best gins in the world.

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Azorean & Portuguese Gin Masterclass


While Portugal is better known for its port, that hasn't stopped it from producing some excellent gin. Join us as you are guided through the rich history and flavors of gin with gin expert and host here at the Solar Branco Estate, Ali Bullock.

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Best of British Masterclass


Your gin tasting takes you through the very best gins from the UK as you also learn about the history of gin and its modern renaissance. You will try 3 taster gins with selected tonics and garnishes for each one.

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Rocha Negra Gin Tasting


Ali Bullock is an ambassador for Rocha Negra Gin, distillery here in the Azores. Join him for an exclusive tasting, and sample the perfect Rocha Negra Gin and Tonic.

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Introducing the Gin Sonic


Enjoy a new low-sugar version of the Gin & Tonic, the Gin Sonic. Originally from the cocktail bars of neon illuminated downtown Tokyo over 20 years ago. The Gin Library is the first bar in Europe to bring this take on the classic G&T to Gin lovers.

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Gin O'Clock


GUEST EXCLUSIVE: It's always 5PM somewhere in the world..." Guests staying at Solar Branco are welcome for a complementary gin & tonic in the library. Take some time and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Azores with a G&T in hand as the sun goes down across the Atlantic.

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Free Gin!


Join us for a gin masterclass, and bring a craft gin we don’t have in the collection, and you and one other will enjoy the class for free.* Note: The bottle must be an unopened craft gin that you leave at Solar Branco. You must either be a guest staying on the estate or book directly with us here at Solar Branco. Offer does not apply if you book through a third party agent.

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Showcasing Rocha Negra


We are incredibly proud to support a local Azorean gin brand, Rocha Negra. Meaning "black rock" in English, this gin is made here in the Azores, with local botanicals. The gin is showcased in the Gin Library to guests and visitors alike.

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Lemon & Tonic


If you don't drink alcohol or don't like gin there is no need to miss out. We can make you a nonalcoholic G&T. We call this a "Lemon & Tonic." Ingredients such as lemon, lavender, basil, juniper berries and tonic water are combined to make a perfect substitute (well almost.)

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The Bramble


Something a little special we have been mixing up here in the Gin Library. The Bramble uses ingredients found locally from the Azores, from Rocha Negra Gin to the liquior used as well as the herbs and citrus you will find in the cocktail.

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Making The Perfect Ice


We spend a lot of time working on ice, one of the often overlooked but important elements of a perfect Gin & Tonic.

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The Gin List


We have listed all the gins in our collection. Check out what's here, and remember to bring a craft gin from your country for the collection so we can add it. After all, all this list making is thirsty work.

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