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Published February 11th 2020
Gin Distillery Tour
Gin really has become all the rage in the last few years. With gin distilleries popping up across Perth, it was only a matter of time before we got our very first gin tour of Perth.
Hidden deTours launched their gin tours in 2019 and they are now getting booked out months in advance.
I went on the first ever one with the lovely Monique from Hidden deTours.
Starting in the city, we hopped into her air conditioned mini-bus and set off on our gin adventure through Perth.
Stop 1 – High Spirits Distillery
First stop was the most unassuming warehouse down a side road in an industrial estate in Welshpool.
High Spirits Distillery is an independent family-owned artisan distillery making a variety of interesting gins and vodkas.
They took us through their fascinating distilling process and then we got down to tasting some of their gins and vodkas. It may have seemed odd drinking neat gin at 1pm on a Sunday afternoon, but after a few tasters, we were soon in the swing of things!
First up was their classic dry gin, followed by a cacao gin and a spiced orange vodka.
Stop 2 – Swan Valley Gin Co @ Pandemonium Estate
By this time we were all feeling a little peckish, so at our second stop, The Swan Valley Gin Co, we were greeted with some yummy grazing platters to keep us happy and with the strength to go on.
After some delicious woodfired pizzas that followed our platters, we were treated to a tasting of their gins in their tiny distillery room. They were all fruit based gins – we tried their artisanal dry gin (which has a mandarin base), a strawberry gin and a spiced cumquat gin.
Stop 3 – Old Young's Hand Crafted Spirits
Just around the corner from the Swan Valley Gin Co was our next stop – Old Young's Hand Crafted Spirits on the West Swan Road.
The passion here was evident throughout our tasting and boy, did we taste! We were taken through 5 gins (my favourite was the Six Seasons gin) and their famous Pavlova vodka, so I was glad we had lined our stomachs at the previous stop!
Stop 4 – Sin Gin Distillery
I'm not ashamed to say I was starting to flag a little after all those gins. It was an unwelcome reminder that I'm certainly closer to my 40s than my 20s these days!
So I was pleasantly surprised to see a very appetising range of snacks at our final stop of the day, Sin Gin, which was in the city, not far from where we started.
As the name suggests, their main range of gins is named after the 7 deadly sins. You've got Pride, Lust, Sloth, Envy, Greed, Gluttony and Wrath. They've also recently launched a pink gin named Perth Pink which is definitely eye-catching.
Being the history nerd that I am, I loved the commentary from Monique while driving from distillery to distillery. She shared heaps of stories about the rather sordid and sometimes sad history of gin, and even had a gin-related music playlist to keep us entertained along the way.
My favourite stop of the day was Old Young's – the vibe, the staff, and the spirits were all fantastic, and if I had to pick a gin to buy (being the uneducated non-gin drinker as I mentioned before), it would be the Six Seasons gin.
If you like the sound of this tour, head to Hidden deTours and find out when their next gin tour of Perth is happening.