Six Dogs Distillery

 

Passionately Crafted – One Batch at a Time

 

To us, distilling Gin is not just about the handpicked botanicals, or our custom designed copper still, or the molecular technology we use to protect the delicate flowers used in the Gin. It is about waking up every day and loving what we do. It’s about setting out to make the finest gin we can, one batch at a time. It is about creating something special. Something to be proud of. That’s who we are.

Six Dogs Karoo

Six Dogs Karoo Gin is a unique and delicate Gin of twelve select botanicals, distilled and bottled by us at Six Dogs Distillery. Its distinguishing botanicals are grown on our farm, which intersects three different bioregions including the Succulent Karoo. It is from here that we gather the Karoo Thorn flower and Wild Lavender that make our Gin unique amongst all the Gins in the world. Sip it and you will pick up the paired notes of Juniper and Wild Lavender that introduce the Karoo. What follows is a fresh medley of citrus including Limes, Clemengold and farm grown Lemon Buchu. Cassia, Chamomile and Angelica bind the heart of the Gin while the delicate flower of the Acacia Thorn adds a top note of soft sweetness. Six Dogs is best enjoyed as is, over ice and with a good tonic. It doesn’t need any garnish!

Six Dogs Blue

Six Dogs Blue derives its name from the Blue Pea flower (Clitoria Ternatea), an antioxidant and aphrodisiac in traditional medicine.   As chance would have it, ‘Blue’ is also the name of the smallest dog in our pack of six. The infusion of Blue Pea gives the Gin its striking blue colour. The alchemy of this unusual botanical is further revealed when the Gin is mixed with a good tonic, changing the colour to light pink.  Six Dogs Blue is the most royal of Gins. A party Gin. A touch of magic. A classic dry Gin with experiences of freshly cut lucerne over hand-picked and morning-harvested Rose Pelargonium. Think of that well known shaken-not-stirred cocktail and let your imagination run riot. Not for the timid, Blue is a Gin to inspire the novel you never got around to writing, to bring out a little of the sinner and singer in you and to raise in a toast at the end of a hard-fought battle. Six Dogs Blue, the second gin in our stable, is testament to our open minded, creative and exciting customers, our hugely supportive retailers, our hardworking ambassadors, our greater family and not to forget our ever faithful six dogs. Only 66 bottles per batch. Blue is the new Pink!

 

Distilled at the Fringe of the Karoo

No one really knows where the Karoo begins and ends. We do know, however, that in our little valley of De Wet, nestled between the Breede River Valley and the Hex River Valley, the wild things grow! We use some of these wild plants of the Karoo in our Gin, also growing our own botanicals whilst supporting neighbouring farmers who grow specific fruit for us. Our distillery was built with a view of the mountains and the greater Karoo, looking up towards the kloof from which we get the purest mountain water ever, and yes, you guessed right – that’s the source of the water we use to make our Gin. In the evenings, we can just see the lights of Worcester behind us as we take in the beautiful view up the valley and wonder if the Karoo doesn’t actually begin right here at the Distillery.

“We want people to come to our Distillery and see things they have never seen before”.