Rocha Negra Gin is distilled here on the island of São Miguel, a place where black volcanic rock meets the pristine blue Atlantic ocean. Rocha Negra means “Black Rock” and honours the island, formed millions of years ago, from molten lava fighting the sea. Rocha Negra is intrinsically linked to the environment of the Azores. It is on this coastline with its unrelenting and unforgiving jagged edged rocks, that the botanicals found in Rocha Negra grow. This is a gin best enjoyed as you watch the sunset over the green hills opposite The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate towards the ocean. It is a premium London Dry gin, which can be perfectly balanced with a garnish of Azorean grown orange, rosemary and a splash of juniper berries to bring out the best in the flavour. Take a moment, put your phone down, breathe in the fresh Atlantic breeze, feel the calming wind on your face and marvel at a place surrounded by thousands of kilometers of ocean and the wonders of what is out there for you to Your gin tasting includes a journey through the history of the Azores, the Solar and the citrus trade with the UK as well as learning to make, and enjoying, the perfect Rocha Negra Gin and Tonic. The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate, through your host Ali Bullock, is a proud ambassador for the Rocha Negra Gin brand.
Ali & Caroline Ali is a leading gin connoisseur and brand ambassador for the Rocha Negra Gin brand. He has spent the last 20 years travelling the world, tasting and collecting one of the world’s largest collections of gin, on display at the Gin Library. These travels inspired him to craft the perfect Gin & Tonic. He was the first to bring the Gin Sonic, a lower sugar variant of the G&T from Japan to Europe. He uses his extensive knowledge to host gin masterclasses on the grounds of the Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate. Caroline is the first and only trained and certified Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing) guide in the Azores. She welcomes the opportunity to guide you to experience the natural beauty of the Azores with all your senses. She loves to cook with the best local ingredients and is an accomplished sausage maker.
Light snacks will be served to perfectly complement your tasting experience.
You will be served a carefully made Rocha Negra Gin and Tonic. Additional gin and tonics can be purchased (at a special…
We will conduct our gin masterclass in the Gin Library, located on the grounds of The Solar Branco 1885 Eco-Estate. Perfectly located less than 10 minutes from the main city of Ponta Delgada. The heritage house sits on top of a hill, surrounded by farmland, overlooking the quaint town of Livramento and the ocean beyond.
Rocha Negra, Azorean Gin Tasting