Fred. Olsen Cruise Line is the latest cruise line to join the gin fan club with the recent launch of their masterclasses. New for 2020, the classes are part of the cruise line’s on-board enrichment programme, offering guests the chance to create their own bespoke gin.
The classes will take place on-board flagship Balmoral, with the first on-board its 70-night South American Exploration which set sail early this month. Expert gin-makers, Nigel and Debbie Wright will lead the classes in Balmoral’s stylish Grill Restaurant where a group of up to eight guests can enjoy two hours of introductions and tastings.
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Nigel and Debbie are a husband-and-wife team who craft and produce gins at home, following Nigel’s retirement. The couple brings 50 different botanicals for guests to choose from, allowing guests to completely personalise their gin. Some of these have even been specially-selected to symbolise the destinations that guests will visit for an even more immersive experience.
Guests can make up to six gins per session using the cruise line’s state-of-the-art copper distilling equipment, alongside crafting their own gin of which they can take home a 70cl bottle.
Thomas Rennesland, Fred. Olsen’s Hotel Operations Director, said:
“We are delighted that Nigel and Debbie Wright will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with our guests and giving them the opportunity to develop their own gin. This is a unique experience, which teaches the whole of the gin-making process, from picking the botanicals through to distillation, and we are very excited at the prospect of our guests enjoying this fantastic class.”
Gin expert, Nigel Wright also commented:
“The masterclass will offer, not just a practical experience, but also an educational one. Guests will be exposed to a wide range of botanicals, and will learn what they like and do not like, from which they can develop their own recipe to reflect their personal taste, and get it to take home with them as a treasured memento of their Fred. Olsen holiday.”
Classes are limited to between 6-8 guests and will cost £25 per person.
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