Ever wanted to learn how to make your own gin? Think you don’t have the time or equipment? Well think again as you join us at The Gin Library to make your own fruit infused gin.
Most distilleries use a “base” of pure alcohol, shipped into the distillery and then they infuse it with juniper and other botanicals to make gin. In this experience you will copy the same principles (without using a still) to make your own fruit infused gin.
You will be greeted at the estate by owner, Ali Bullock. Your experience begins with a complimentary Gin & Tonic as you look around The Gin Library, home to the world’s largest private collection with over 450 bottles.
Price: €55 per person (includes the gin, all ingredients. a complimentary Gin & Tonic on arrival and snacks during the experience)
Max: 6 guests (unless a group booking)
Hosted by: Ali
Duration: 3 hours
We start with the history of gin, from its origins in the Netherlands, to the United Kingdom and the “gin craze” of the 1700s. We will also talk through different types of gin, from a London Dry, to the modern New Western style of gin. Then it’s time to take that knowledge and get to know the botanicals that can be used. You’ll be walked through each one, from exotic spices, to local Azorean fruits. Armed with this information you will then make your own infused gin. You’ll gain knowledge to take home and continue to make your own gin creations in future.
Once completed, you are welcome to enjoy some of your creation (testing is after all a key part of the process!) Your gin will then be stored overnight and will be ready for pick up from the next day.
This experience is held come rain or shine. When the weather is nice, the library doors are open, bringing the beautiful views of the green hills of Sao 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.
Please note: This experience is only available for adults aged 18+. The experience involves infusing flavours into pre-distilled gin, and no distilling will take place during the experience. If you are planning to take your gin home with you, please check with your airline and your destination to ensure compliance with any relevant regulations.
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
If you wish to bring children to The Gin Library, we can organise a private event for you with a tile painting experience 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.
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