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Rocha Negra, Azorean Gin Tasting

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Experience hosted by Ali

60 mins
Includes drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Rocha Negra Gin is distilled here on the island of São Miguel, a place where black volcanic rock meets the pristine blue Atlantic ocean. Rocha Negra means “Black Rock” and honours the island, formed millions of years ago, from molten lava fighting the sea. Rocha Negra is intrinsically linked to the environment of the Azores. It is on this coastline with its unrelenting and unforgiving jagged edged rocks, that the botanicals found in Rocha Negra grow.

This experience is held come rain or shine. When the weather is nice, the library doors are open, bringing the beautiful views of the green hills of Sao Miguel to the ocean beyond. There is also ample seating outside and we invite you to tour the grounds with a G&T in hand. For rainy days, we have comfortable seating inside.

Your gin tasting includes a journey through the history of the Azores, the Solar and the citrus trade with the UK as well as learning to make, and enjoying, the perfect Rocha Negra Gin and Tonic.

The Solar Branco Eco-Estate, through your host Ali Bullock, is a proud ambassador for the Rocha Negra Gin brand.
Rocha Negra Gin is distilled here on the island of São Miguel, a place where black volcanic rock meets the pristine blue Atlantic ocean. Rocha Negra means “Black Rock” and honours the island, formed millions of years ago, from molten lava fighting the sea. Rocha Negra is intrinsically linked to the environment of the Azores. It is on this coastline with its unrelenting and unforgiving jagged edged rocks, that the botanicals found in Rocha Negra g…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    You will be served a carefully made Rocha Negra Gin and Tonic. Additional g...
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Sat, Jan 30
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$19 per person
$19 per person

Meet your host, Ali

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Ali is a leading gin connoisseur and brand ambassador for the Rocha Negra Gin brand. He has spent the last 20 years travelling the world, tasting and collecting one of the world’s largest collections of gin, on display at the Gin Library. These travels inspired him to craft the perfect Gin & Tonic. He was the first to bring the Gin Sonic, a lower sugar variant of the G&T from Japan to Europe. He uses his extensive knowledge to host gin masterclasses on the grounds of the Solar Branco Eco Estate.
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Where you'll be

We will conduct our gin masterclass in the Gin Library, located on the grounds of The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate. Perfectly located less than 10 minutes from the main city of Ponta Delgada.

The heritage house sits on top of a hill, surrounded by farmland, overlooking the quaint town of Livramento and the ocean beyond.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 37 reviews.

Katja
November 2020
We really enjoyed our stay at the Gin Library with Ali - the great host, Chocolate - the cute, tiny, black cat and Una - the handsome, sweet dog. We learned a lot about Gin and how to make one at home :) Definitely recommend to anybody, who likes a drink or two :) It was absolutely amazing. Thanks a lot, Ali!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Gin Library with Ali - the great host, Chocolate - the cute, tiny, black cat and Una - the handsome, sweet dog. We learned a lot about Gin and how…
Chris
October 2020
I recommend doing this early in your trip because Ali can help you get started in other things to do in the área !
Rosalie
October 2020
We've never been to the Azores before, but we already know one thing: If you're looking for a special experience to make your trip to the Azores even more special, you should definitely visit Ali and his gin library. He seems to know everything about the history and production of gin, and he's very passionate about it. He's a humorous guy and a wonderful host. Also, his gin tonics are fantastic! We started with an Azorean gin, and then Ali helped us pick the right flavours from his huge collection. We already booked some of his other experiences as you can't go wrong with Ali. And to all animal lovers: He has the most awesome co-hosts Chocolate, a baby cat, and Una, a lovely dog!
We've never been to the Azores before, but we already know one thing: If you're looking for a special experience to make your trip to the Azores even more special, you should defin…
Nick
September 2020
The Gin Library is a must try experience when you are visiting the Azores. Ali is friendly, a great storyteller, and is really knowledgeable about gin. His gin and tonics were expertly crafted and he made us feel like valued guests throughout our experience.
The Gin Library is a must try experience when you are visiting the Azores. Ali is friendly, a great storyteller, and is really knowledgeable about gin. His gin and tonics were ex…
Anna
September 2020
If you like gin, that’s the place to go - you are going to learn lots about the drink, taste variety of gins (spoiler: be ready to pay if you want to try few!) and enjoy listening to Ali, who has 3rd largest private collection of gins. Give it a go, yet don’t expect local prices. We’ll be back next time too.
If you like gin, that’s the place to go - you are going to learn lots about the drink, taste variety of gins (spoiler: be ready to pay if you want to try few!) and enjoy listening…
Lore
March 2020
Beautiful gin library, where we could taste Azorean Gin. Ali knows a lot about the history of Gin and talks passionately about it.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.