Picture: Inverroche Distillery
Picture: Inverroche Distillery

Learn the secrets of craft distillery and make your own gin

By iol supplied Time of article published Nov 23, 2017

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Have you ever considered making your own gin? Now you can.

Whether you want to discover the secrets of craft-distilling or just an absolute devoted gin fan, you can get some "ginspiration" this festive season at Inverroche Distillery’s Gin School. 

The Inverroche Gin School - pic supplied

There's a new style and variety of gin popping up almost every week, so it's not that far fetched that many people would want to get in on the act -- without the headache of quitting their day jobs and starting a craft gin label.

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. 

Learn to make your own gin at the Inverroche Gin School - pic supplied

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. 

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. 

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