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Make your own gin

Become your own gin distiller at one of Gourmet Traveller’s favourite gin distilleries. Join our exclusive, hands-on 4 hour workshop to discover the skill of gin making using your own recipe and still! Workshop includes a flavour-matched lunch and 500ml, of your own fine spirit, personally labelled to take home.

Workshops are held from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm on Tuesday and Fridays

DSC00559_2Maximum 4 participants

Master distiller Bill McHenry will guide participants through a tasting of well known gins to identify each spirit’s principal flavourings—known as botanicals. Participants can then note their favourite flavours and use them to craft their own gin recipe, and gin, using individual clear stills .. so you can see the process.  Everyone leaves with their own 500ml, personally labeled bottle of gin … and 500ml of McHenry Classic Dry Gin…. to take home.

Gourmet Traveller described McHenry’s Classic Dry Gin in an Australian line-up as “far and away the prettiest, most harmonious and enchanting gin we tasted… makes an amazingly refined G&T”.

A range of Tasmanian botanicals can also be included for use in the gin workshop—perhaps lemon myrtle, saffron and lavender. You can decide…

The workshop includes a guided tour of the distillery and property at Mt Arthur, located close to Port Arthur, and a gin flavour-matched gourmet picnic lunch.

The Workshop can be booked by those wishing to drive themselves, or be escorted on one of Bespoke’s day tours.

Australia’s Best Gin

“This was far and away the prettiest, most harmonious and enchanting gin we tasted.” According to Luke Ashton when taste Classic Gintesting Australia’s best gins in the Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Luke along with Max Allen, was referring to McHenry’s Classic Dry Gin and both men praised McHenry’s Classic Dry as Australia’s best gin out of a range of 23 different gins.

McHenry’s Classic Dry Gin is an elegant smooth Gin that is re-distilled in the presence of various botanicals such as citrus peel and is balanced with a small amount of star anise, coriander seeds, cardamon and orris root all beautifully balanced with the juniper.

No one botanical dominated the flavour profile, and the overall impression was one of soft aromatic attraction: “Like walking into an old-fashioned candy store,” said Luke and praising the gin as making an amazingly refined G & T.

The Gourmet Traveller review was written by Max Allen and Luke Ashton.