Workshops

Hands on Teaching

Distillation is a craft based on knowledge, play and interest. For the best results we recommend you attend one of our workshops. They are interactive, fun and you’ll get to meet a group of like minded, interesting people. A range of discounted copper stills will be available for purchase on the day, and time allowed for questions and discussion. Most importantly you will leave feeling inspired, informed and confident.

Basic Distillation Techniques

Designed for beginners, and covering the basic processes for distilling hydrosol, essential oil and spirits.

  • Overview of different types of stills and what they are suited for
  • Set-up and general maintenance
  • The process of distillation, how it works and what it can produce
  • Practical, hands on distillation of hydrosol
  • Practical hands on distillation of essential oil
  • Practical hands on distillation of spirit
  • Explanation and procedures for all 3 types of distillations: measuring ph levels, safe storage, yields, when to stop, how to separate oil from hydrosol, applications, using ‘wash’ or ‘mash’, measuring alcohol levels for safe, clean distilling.
  • Recipes, resources and equipment
  • Question and answers
Upcoming Workshops

Gin Immersion

An excellent way to learn to make your own artisan gin and to extend your skills at blending and tasting. Crafting botanical gin, opens the door for you to become an artisan distiller! It’s also a great way to taste, smell and understand a wide range of aromatic botanicals.

  • Practical, hands on distillation of two styles of gin
  • While the gin is distilling: explore, smell and taste the array of botanicals used in great gins, many of which will surprise! Discuss and compare these with our very own selection of handcrafted, artisan gins
  • Experiment with blending using our incredible range of essences to create your own gin with that special wildcard ingredient
  • Round off the day and enjoy tasting and comparing the two styles of gin distilled
  • And best of all, take home whatever’s left over!
Upcoming Workshops

Interested in a New Zealand Distillation Masterclass?

Learn from medical herbalist, Valmai Becker about the preparation of therapeutic balms and tinctures. Delve deep into the incredible alchemical journey of botanical distillation. Jill and Valmai team up for a two day masterclass, sharing their skills, stories, and knowledge of aromatic plants and their applications.

Register your interest now, and we’ll be in touch with details.

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Interested in our International Advanced Distillers Workshop?

Alembics is part of a global community of respected, botanical distillers. Make the journey to an international venue for an Advanced Distillers Workshop and take part in a once in a lifetime learning opportunity.

Register your interest now, and we’ll be in touch with details.

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