One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Gin (and Sake)

Ever wonder how gin is made?

Ever wonder how gin is made? In the colorful old town of Cardrona in the South Island of New Zealand (a short drive from Wanaka, which is a short drive from Queenstown), after a three-hour horseback ride through the stunning Cardrona Valley with Kelly from The Cardrona touring company …

… right up the hill at the end of the drive is a brand new, gorgeous distillery where you can learn the art of making hand-distilled artisan spirits, from milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation and maturation.

It turns out that gin is made from juniper, and if you’ve never thought about juniper before, well it’s a plant – a coniferous plant of the cypress family – and it has a long and storied history in Old Worlds and New. It grows seemingly everywhere, from Pakistan, to the Arctic, to tropical Africa, Tibet, New Zealand, and the Himalayas. Gin is a shortened version of the Dutch word for juniper, genever. The fragrance of juniper has been described as a mix of cedar, pine, and rose.

Gin distilleries are fragrant and fascinating places! But you can also take educational tours of all kinds of alcohol-making — see Educational Travel Finder for tours of the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, whiskey tours in Scotland, and Sake Tours in Japan!

Bourbon Tours in Kentucky

 

Whiskey Tours Scotland

 

Sake Tours Japan
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