Passionately Crafted – One Batch at a Time
To us, creating 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 extraordinary. Something to be proud of. That’s who we are.
Six Dogs Karoo
Six Dogs Karoo Gin is a delicate and balanced 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, Mandarins 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 needs no 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 Pinotage Stained
Six Dogs Pinotage Stained Gin is the love child of Six Dogs Gin and our neighbour’s highly prized block of Pinotage grapes. We distill this gin in small batches through generous quantities of juniper and fresh citrus. The grapes are handpicked, then raced up the road to the distillery, de-stalked and the whole berries are placed into tanks to macerate. Here the gin gets its colour and taste profile from the deep red essence of this truly South African cultivar. Some love it neat over ice while others dilute with a splash of good tonic to create a fusion of terroir, cultivar and the finest gin we could make. You could say this gin is an alchemy between neighbours, friends, nature, and of course, six faithful dogs.
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.