Gin Distillery Tour – Beyond the Little Red Dot


Singapore isn’t particularly recognized for it’s spirits, and I imply the alcoholic sort. Besides the world well-known Tiger Beer which has been round for ages since my grand mother and father’ time, there aren’t another well-known Singapore primarily based spirits which have made a reputation worldwide. With virtually the entire nation’s spirits imported, you wouldn’t assume that there will likely be native breweries and distilleries across the island.

But in the course of the pandemic, I’ve seen the native supermarkets beginning to put regionally made spirits on their cabinets. Maybe its boredom for not having the ability to journey and burn up our obligation free allowances, however I’ve been attempting out a few of these regionally made spirits which incorporate native flavours from South East Asia for a distinct and unique style.

One of those native spirits is gin made by Tanglin Gin. Curiosity acquired the higher of me after attempting their award profitable Orchid Gin, and I made a decision to seek out out extra about them. After all, gin has it’s origins in Europe and it’s uncommon to seek out somebody making gin in Singapore. I ended up reserving a distillery tour on their web site. The tour additionally comes with a free gin tasting and drink.

Tanglin Gin’s distillery is positioned within the relatively upmarket Dempsey Hill which homes loads of eating places and cafes.

We have been greeted by the pleasant workers and after having our ID’s checked to verify we have been of authorized consuming age, the tour began. First we needed to get entry behind a locked door the place the distilling gear and components have been saved. There was a single nonetheless the place ethanol and juniper berries are blended and heated. The evaporated alcohol then rises up by means of layers of spices referred to as botanicals which provides the gin it’s flavour. The totally different flavours of gin comes from the combination of botanicals that are utilized in that manufacturing batch.

Due to the rising demand for his or her gin, we have been instructed that they’re getting a second nonetheless to extend manufacturing.

Looking like a mad scientist’s gear, the highest of the nonetheless accommodates layers of botanicals like orange peels, cassia, and many others which provides the flavour to that exact gin.

We have been additionally launched to the numerous spices and botanicals that are utilized in gin making. Besides juniper berries which should all the time be was thought-about as a gin, there have been widespread spices like anise, pepper, chili, and cassia. Vanilla beans, nutmeg and fruit peels are additionally used for flavouring.

The favorite a part of the tour is the tasting, since we acquired to check out all of the several types of gin obtainable.
After selecting our favorite gin from the tasting, they made a cocktail out of it.
This shelve of various gin samples actually jogs my memory of my secondary college’s chemistry lab.

The tour lasts roughly an hour and we might additionally buy our favorite gins at a reduction. If you need to take a look at fascinating native excursions, do do that out.

For extra alcoholic blogs, right here is one on whiskey appreciation and one other one a couple of French winery.


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