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Exploring the Gin Library: A Spirited Journey in the Azores

The Gin Library

Tucked away in the farmlands just outside the town of Ponta Delgada on São Miguel, the largest of the Azorean islands, the Gin Library is a must-visit for anyone with a taste for fine spirits and a love for exploration. Situated within the Solar Branco Eco Estate, a converted 19th-century mansion, this establishment is a testament to the island's ability to surprise and delight.


As you step inside, you'll immediately sense an air of sophistication blended with Azorean hospitality. The heart and soul of the Gin Library lie in its extensive and carefully curated collection of gins from around the world. The largest independent collection in Europe, it boasts over 1,000 unique brands. The shelves are adorned with an array of bottles, showcasing the diverse styles and flavors gin offers—ranging from classic London dry gins to contemporary, innovative craft blends infused with locally sourced botanicals. Whether you're a seasoned gin connoisseur or simply curious to explore, the knowledgeable staff is eager to guide you through their impressive library of gins, sharing insights into the origins, ingredients, and distillation processes that make each bottle unique. 


To enhance your gin-tasting experience, the Gin Library offers a unique dining experience in its invitation-only speakeasy. Senhor Raposa's Secret Drinking Den is an intimate space offering an unforgettable sushi experience that blends typical Azorean flavors with sustainable fish from the local waters. Guests are seated at a communal table, and the chef picks the freshest seasonal products to create an unforgettable meal, with every plate prepared specifically for each guest. 


Beyond the exquisite food and drinks, the Gin Library offers a cozy and cosmopolitan ambiance. The décor pays homage to the Azorean heritage with elements of nautical charm and modern elegance. Whether you sit at the sleek bar or a comfortable lounge area, you'll be treated to mesmerizing views of the Atlantic Ocean. 


The Gin Library often hosts exclusive events, masterclasses, and guided tastings, allowing enthusiasts to explore rare and limited-edition gins. Learn to make the perfect Gin & Tonic, and if you bring in a craft Gin that is not already part of their extensive collection, you can swap it for a bottle of Baleia, the house gin made by owner Ali Bullock. 


A visit to the Gin Library in the Azores is a voyage into the diverse and fascinating world of gin. It's an opportunity to experience the craftsmanship, artistry, and creativity that go into producing this beloved spirit. So, whether you're a seasoned gin aficionado or a curious newcomer, a visit to the Gin Library promises an enriching and delightful adventure into the heart of gin culture. The Gin Library is an establishment for Adults only; children under 16 are not permitted, and reservations are required. 


Visit the Gin Library as part of a customized Quest Travel Itinerary.  Our most popular itineraries include Taste of the Azores, Azores Culinary Exploration, Azores Adventure Seeker and Best of the Azores.


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