Welcome to the Gin Library, where guests have exclusive access to the largest private gin display in the world, with hundreds of unique bottles.
Created to be a place where you can enjoy the best gin and tonic in the world, carefully curated by your host. This is a gin lovers paradise and there is nowhere better to be.
The library features gins collected from all over the world, from the UK, Germany, and France all the way to places such as South Africa and Australia. There are gins from our favourite producers, to a few surprises from places that you would not expect, such as Bangkok in Thailand.
We have both been gin lovers for many years… We won’t say how many, but quite a few. And with that, we’ve learned a thing or two about the humble G&T. It’s fair to say we’re very passionate about gin in all of its intriguing dimensions. From its past, with its rich and sometimes dark history, to the present, with the amazing array of botanicals being used to create a fantastic small batch and artisan gin and its future – which looks very interesting indeed as production gets more and more bespoke and complex.
As our guest, you are entitled to a complimentary G&T each day during your stay. More can of course be enjoyed on the grounds, including The Gin Library, The Outdoor Bar and the gardens.
Keen to discover more about gin and its history? We offer 3 distinctive gin themed experiences:
(1) The first is a gin tasting focusing on Gins From The Azores & Portugal. Here we taste our way through some locally made gins as well as gins from the mainland. You’ll also have a chance to taste them against a British classic as you also learn about the history of gin and its modern renaissance.
(2) The craft gin scene has exploded since Hendrick’s came onto the market in the early 2000s. This gin experience aims to bring you the very best gins from the UK, the home of gin and the newcomers leading the modern day craft gin movement.
(3) Gins from around the world: In this experience, we taste some of the best gins in the collection from around the world. Starting in the UK, we move through Europe and go to places as far flung as Australia, Thailand and the US.
All the above experiences offer 6 taster gins, garnishes and specific tonics to try. At the end of the tasting, you are then welcome to choose 2 of your favourite from the tasting to enjoy or try something completely different from the collection.
Gin tastings are charged per person or if you bring a craft gin we don’t have in our collection then you get to enjoy the tasting course for free (covering max 2 people.) To book a gin tasting please click here.
Please note, The Gin Library is exclusively for the guests of Solar Branco 1885 only unless hired for a private gin tasting event. No children are allowed into the library under any circumstances. To qualify for a complimentary tasting the gin must be a craft gin, unopened and left in the collection when you leave.