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.
Our world has changed this year and our number one priority is keeping everyone who attends our workshops safe. With this in mind please be guided by the following COVID-19 precautions.
- If you are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms please let us know and stay at home. We can arrange to book you into an alternative workshop at a later date.
- If you are attending any of our workshops, feel free to wear a face mask.
- Hand sanitiser will be available and frequent use encouraged.
If for any reason relating to COVID-19 restrictions, workshops have to be cancelled, we can transfer your payment to a different date or refund in full.
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
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!
Delve deep into the incredible journey of botanical extraction in our intensive two-day seasonal masterclass held at the Phytofarm Herbal Learning Centre, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury.
Jill Mulvaney leads a small group through a comprehensive range of plant extraction and distillation techniques using seasonal, organic botanicals. Taught over two days, the Summer Masterclass makes for a magical and immersive learning experience.
Set in the beautiful surrounds of the Phytofarm herbal garden and teaching kitchen overlooking the Okuiti valley. Halfway through each day participants enjoy a delicious, wholesome lunch prepared from the garden and matched with therapeutic, botanical beverages.
Grain to Glass Masterclass
By popular demand, Alembics partners up with Sparks Brewing for a very special grain to glass masterclass held at The Auckland Botanic Gardens.
Get back to the source and learn how to mill, mash and ferment authentic, high-quality grain alcohol. Come away with the skills needed to make fine whiskey at home in a matter of months.
Places are limited.