Gin School

Crafting Memories & Unique Flavours At The Gin School At Indaba Hotel

Nestled within the welcoming embrace of the Indaba Hotel, the Gin School offers an educational and exciting 2-hour experiential journey through the fascinating world of Gin.


  • Get ready to have the opportunity to expand your Gin horizon and gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry behind a distilled bottle.
  • What sets this experience apart is the opportunity it provides for everyone involved to express themselves and their unique personalities in a special and creative way.
  • The process is not just about crafting a beverage; it’s about creating a work of art that reflects the depths and quirks of your own character.
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Life is a journey, and much like crafting a special bottle of artisanal Gin, it is full of unexpected twists, intriguing stories, and delightful surprises. Led by a Gin Master who is as passionate as they are knowledgeable, The Gin School At Indaba Hotel experience takes participants on a captivating voyage from the origins of gin centuries ago to its current widespread popularity. As you embark on this unique adventure, you will not only gain new insights but also share hearty laughter with friends over facts that seem almost too unbelievable to be true.


The Indaba Gin School understands that crafting your own Gin is much like the journey of life itself—a process with numerous important steps, each contributing to the final masterpiece.


The journey begins with the careful selection of ingredients and botanicals, where you’ll have the chance to showcase your personal taste preferences. The aromatic symphony of juniper berries, citrus zest, spices, and other botanicals tantalizes your senses as you choose the elements that will define your Gin’s character. Once your selections are made, they are meticulously added to a specially-crafted copper still, and the mesmerizing distillation process begins.


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It’s within the confines of your pot-still that the real magic happens. Image: The Indaba Gin School

Watching the flickering flame beneath your pot-still and observing the tiny droplets of clear liquid form and gracefully fall into a collection cup is a truly enchanting experience. It serves as a reminder of the magical science behind Gin production, heightening your anticipation for that pivotal “first taste” moment. The carefully chosen botanicals release their flavours and aromas, infusing your Gin with a unique character that mirrors your personality and taste preferences.


As the distillation process reaches its culmination, a sense of accomplishment washes over you—an emotion that only intensifies when you hold the final product in your hands. Your personally hand-labelled bottle of Craft Gin is more than just a bottle; it’s a tangible testament to your creativity and dedication. This bottle, filled with the very essence of your choices, will become a cherished memento of your Gin-making journey, and it’s yours to savour at your own leisure, whether with friends, family, or colleagues.


In addition to the hands-on Gin-making experience, the Indaba Gin School warmly welcomes local Gin Distilleries into its sensorium throughout the year. These sessions offer a chance to explore a wide range of Gins, featuring tastings, pairings, and masterclasses.


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The resulting bottle is a cherished keepsake of your journey, filled with memories, stories, and flavours that are truly one-of-a-kind. Image: The Indaba Gin School

As you sip on a carefully crafted Gin cocktail, you’ll find yourself transported to the heart of this intriguing world of spirits. The layers of flavours, the subtle nuances, and the history behind each Gin brand will fascinate your palate and captivate your imagination. It’s an experience that elevates your understanding of Gin, allowing you to discern the subtleties that make each brand unique.


The Gin School at Indaba Hotel offers an unforgettable journey through the world of Gin—an adventure that intertwines history, science, creativity, and camaraderie. Crafting your own Gin here is not merely a process; it’s a profound expression of your individuality.


And with the added delight of local Gin Distilleries sharing their expertise, this experience becomes a celebration of the rich and diverse world of Gin, leaving you with a newfound appreciation for this remarkable spirit. So, why not embark on this captivating Gin-making journey and craft your own unique story in a bottle?


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