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How to Access the World of Gin

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If there is anything that we’re sure of at Indaba, it’s that gin has taken over the world in a gradual yet explosive manner and we are here for the ride. With so many options available and an endless number of ways to be enjoyed, it can sometimes feel overwhelming when thinking about what to buy, where to go and even where to get reliable information. There are an abundance of social media and internet platforms and sites that are saturated with information, so where do we go and who do we trust when it comes to buying and making decisions on behalf of our beloved gin? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite places to get the latest on all things gin as well as pioneers in the community who are our go-to sources when it comes to all the ins and outs of the wide and wonderful world of gin. With new brands, flavours, botanicals and tonics continuously making their way onto the market, these sources can help you stay up to date on a local and international scale.

The Gin Box

Dubbed as South Africa’s first ever craft gin club, this site has it all! Not only is it offering individuals the chance to subscribe to either a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly or ad hoc quality gin box but it’s also packed with all the latest information on the local gin trade. Websites such as the Gin Box are giving distilleries all over the country the chance to showcase their gins and gin enthusiasts the opportunity to try and sample new and popular gins for the first time. If you’re crazy about gin, slightly apprehensive about stepping outside of your comfortable gin box or have zero idea where to even start when it comes to gin, this site may just be the thing you never knew you needed. Each box includes a selected batch of craft gin, an array of complimentary tonics and some hand-selected food goodies to compliment your creation. The Gin Box really aims to celebrate the local South African gin trade which is in the midst of an utterly revolutionary period.

Visit The Gin Box Website

Craft Gin Club

While the Craft Gin Club may be a UK based site and primarily designed for the British resident, do not be turned way. This site is filled to the brim with all you need to know when it comes to gin, cocktails, the international market and exciting new trends that are emerging. Much like The Gin Box, the Craft Gin Club also offers its subscribers the chance to taste and experience gins from all over the world in the form of a monthly gin box. The box includes an array of treats from food to their monthly magazine. Sadly this box isn’t available in SA (yet) but the website is packed with some of the most useful and interesting information that that the gin industry has to offer. Whether you’re interested in how gin is made, the perfect serve, latest releases from brands or even how the international gin market is faring, this site has it all. This fun filled online platform is the first place to go if you’re ever in doubt.

Visit Craft Gin Club Website

Pioneer of the month Lorna Scott

I’m sure it is no secret that we love Inverroche at the Indaba Hotel and it’s amazing founder, pioneer and super woman Lorna Scott. You cannot type the word Gin and Pioneer into Google without her name appearing somewhere. As South Africa’s first ever Fynbos Infused Gin and the creator of the now extremely popular Amber Gin, Scott is only just getting warmed up. What started as an initiative to preserve the landscape and natural plantation in the Western Cape region slowly turned into one of South Africa’s most loved premium craft gins. Sustainability and preservation are at the heart of Inverroche and Scott spent many years ensuring that the flora and fauna that have come to make the Cape so popular, are kept and sustained in their most natural form. Education is at the centre of the Inverroche brand and the decision to open three premium Gin School’s around the country is testament to this. Inverroche are always excited to share their knowledge and love for Gin and regularly host master classes, give tastings and answer any gin related questions on their social media platforms. And if you’re not able to get in touch via the internet, just take a look at the back of any Inverroche bottle, a short description on flavour profiles, lead botanicals and how it is best served is all displayed. Each month we’ll be sharing our pick for Pioneer of the Month, an individual who we feel is making an impactful and positive contribution to the gin community and a little bit about their story.

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There are an abundance of sites, internet platforms and pioneers that are doing their bit to do the growing and wonderful world of gin justice. Societies and clubs are popping up all the time to share their passion for gin with the people and to create new and exciting experiences. Sites like the South African Gin Society, Gin Passport SA and the Indaba Gin School are giving the public the chance to stay connected with one another by creating events, giving classes, showcasing up and coming brands and providing tastings. The gin community is growing at a rapid rate and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. For more information on any of the platforms mentioned get in touch via our social media sites or the Indaba Hotel website.

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