Baleia Tasting

Price: €20 per person


Max: 8 guests (unless a group booking)
Hosted by: Ali
Duration: 1 hour

Named after the Portuguese word for whale, Baleia is distilled overlooking the never-ending Atlantic Ocean on the island of São Miguel. Blending traditional botanicals such as juniper, citrus and rosemary with seaweed sustainably sourced from the waters around the island. Baleia gin has an exceptionally smooth flavour, mixing a touch of sweetness with the salt of the ocean. Every bottle sold supports marine conservation projects in the region, through a donation to The Ocean Azores Foundation. 

Ali Bullock, owner of the world-renowned Gin Library bar, located at The Solar Branco Eco Estate, conceptualised and created Baleia Gin in partnership with producer Lima & Quental. Artwork drawn by local artist Catarina Limão.

The Azorean people and whales have a long history over the last 150 years. From hunting whales, through to the outlawing of commercial whaling in 1981. Baleia gin aims to awaken your senses to the salt of the ocean, and envisage a mission of hope to the future and preservation of these magnificent cetaceans of the ocean.

This experience is held at the Solar Branco Eco Estate come rain or shine. When the weather is nice, the library doors are open, bringing the beautiful views of the green hills of São Miguel to the ocean beyond. There is also ample seating outside and we invite you to tour the grounds with a G&T in hand. For rainy days, we have comfortable seating inside.

Your gin tasting includes a journey through the history of the Azores, the Solar and the citrus trade with the UK as well as learning to make, and enjoying, the perfect Baleia Gin and Tonic.

Please note: This experience is only available for adults over eighteen.

Gin library: If the house has guests staying, the library may not be available, and we will host the tasting in another location on the estate
Transport: This experience involves alcohol. Please consider a designated driver or book a taxi

The Gin Library: Child Policy
Children are not allowed in The Gin Library. If you wish to bring children to an experience, we can organise a private event for you with a tile painting included. This means you can enjoy your Gin & Tonics in peace, and the children are entertained. After all, parents need a holiday as well. Please contact us in advance here to arrange an available time slot. The above experience applies to the Azorean & Portuguese tasting only.

Refund Policy / Terms and Conditions
Up to 7 days or more in advance: Full refund
Up to 48 hours: 50% refund
Less than 48 hours: no refund available