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Joburg finally has a Gin School

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Did you know Johannesburg has it’s very own Gin School? Right here in Fourways, the Indaba Hotel is home to a professional Gin School in association with prestigous South African gin-makers, Inverroche.

It’s one of the world’s oldest alcoholic drinks and specialists say we’re currently experiencing the second Gin Revolution. There are an estimated 6500 distilleries found across the world at the moment. We've decided to join ‘em.

Under the expertise of our master Gin School host, you can brew and distil your very own hand-crafted gin in one afternoon according to your personal palate. Whether you want heavy, swirling florals, sensational spices or simply citrus with a touch of berries and baobab, this class will give you an understanding of what goes into creating a good quality gin – and how it ought to taste.

It’s also way easier than you think.

Create your own craft gin in Joburg

Juniper berries form the basis of every gin. During the class, you'll have the chance to taste the little purple drops before adding them to your bottle and discover the root flavour of everyone’s favourite sundowner. Featuring a thin fig-like texture, each little kernel has a sharp peppery citrus flavour. Botanically speaking, these ‘berries’ are actually the female seeds of pinecones, but they look, feel and taste enough like berries to justify the more common name.

One reason we’re in the midst of another gin renaissance is that gin is relatively easy to make. Blessed with such botanical variety, here in South Africa this is especially so. Our workshop will have you brewing up a bottle blended to your personal tastes in a matter of hours in one effortless science class. The class begins with a little history – ever want to learn the origins of ‘Dutch Courage’? – and takes you through the art of gin-making step-by-step so that you can leave as a master gin distiller. Snacks are supplied and, of course, so is a range of gin cocktails set to inspire your own signature mixture.

How to book a spot at Joburg's Gin School

Each month there are set dates open to the public. Otherwise, a minumum of 10 people is required per distilling session.

What's included in the Gin Experience?

  • Two-hour Masterclass
  • 500ml bottle of hand crafted Gin with Personalised Label
  • Gin Booklet and Recipe Card
  • Fun Gift Tag
  • Life-long brewing skills

A Gin inspired canape menu or harvest table menu is also available for an additional cost per person. Sound good? Book your experience at the Gin Sensorium.
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Just north of the fast paced business world of Sandton, Johannesburg lies the Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre nestled beneath the vista of the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains.
It is a compelling blend of business-like convenience and efficiency, along with a relaxed and warm country hospitality atmosphere.

Phone: +27 (0) 11 840 6600

William Nicol Drive & Pieter Wenning Road Fourways

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