CANBERRA SPIRITS FESTIVAL 2024

Guided Tastings

Join the experts at our exclusive guided tastings covering the below topics.

WHISKY

Take a seat to taste and learn about one of the most popular spirits in the world. Taste the samples paired to a gourmet treat and learn the best way to drink whisky socially or at home.

Friday 29 November. 5.00pm – 5.30pm
$110 Per Person (includes festival entry)

TEQUILA

Did you know that Tequila is made from Weber blue agave, which is a spiky succulent that resembles aloe vera? Basically it’s a Mexican plant similar to a cactus. At the class you will learn about its mysteries, its taste and how to serve it.

Saturday 30 November. 11.30am – 12.00pm
$110 Per Person (includes festival entry)

There has been a resurgence of interest in craft distilling, leading to the production of small-batch wheat whiskeys by artisanal distillers. These craft distillers often experiment with different aging techniques and flavour profiles, offering whiskey enthusiasts a diverse range of options to explore.

Tequila is made from the blue agave plant, specifically the Weber Blue Agave. The plant takes around 8 to 12 years to reach maturity before it can be harvested for production. There are several types of tequila; Blanco (or Silver), Reposado, Añejo, and Extra Añejo. These categories are based on the aging process, with Blanco being unaged, Reposado aged for 2-12 months, Añejo aged for 1-3 years, and Extra Añejo aged for over 3 years.

While vodka and gin are both clear spirits, they differ in their base ingredients. Vodka can be made from a variety of base ingredients, including grains like wheat, rye, barley, and corn, as well as potatoes, grapes, and sugarcane. Gin is primarily made from grain-based spirits that are infused with botanicals, most notably juniper berries.

CANBERRA SPIRITS FESTIVAL 2024

Guided Tastings

WHISKY GUIDED TASTING
Friday 29 November – 5.00pm – 5.30pm

TEQUILA GUIDED TASTING
Saturday 30 November – 11.30am – 12.00

SHAKEN & STIRRED GUIDED TASTING
Saturday 30 November – 3.30pm – 4.00pm

CARIBBEAN RUM GUIDED TASTING
Saturday 30 November – 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Shaken & Stirred

Triple G Gin and White Light Vodka

Join Head Distiller Brendon Mitchell for a martini guided tasting – answering the age-old question ‘shaken or stirred?’

Discover the story behind White Light Vodka and Triple G Gin, from DIY distilling in the family laundry to creating multi-award-winning spirits. This masterclass is for the novice and the connoisseur, with step-by-step access to insider knowledge and an intimate tasting experience.

As a former chef with Michelin experience, Brendon knows a thing or two about crafting perfectly balanced flavours. Learn how a simple martini can push the boundaries of creativity and taste using White Light Vodka, White Light 47% and Triple G Gin.

  • Engage with industry expert for insider knowledge
  • Explore distillation techniques and flavour profiles
  • Indulge in light snacks to complement your tasting experience
  • Enjoy access to the festival tasting post-masterclass
  • Win a bottle from the Q&A Section

Saturday 30 November. 3.30pm – 4.00pm

$110 Per Person (includes entry to 3 hour festival)

Caribbean Rum

Taste the Tropics: A Guided Caribbean Rum Exploration

Join Mauro Ribeiro the renowned rum authority as he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the table. He’ll guide you through the fascinating world of Caribbean rum, from the sun-drenched sugarcane fields to the secrets of barrel-aging.

Unveil the rich heritage of Caribbean rum, exploring its diverse styles and origins.
Become a rum connoisseur: Learn to identify distinct flavour profiles and appreciate the craftsmanship behind each sip.

Embark on a sensory journey: Savour a selection of premium Caribbean rums, each showcasing the unique terroir and traditions of the islands.

Master the mix: Discover the secrets of crafting delicious rum cocktails, perfect for transporting your taste buds to a tropical paradise.

Saturday 30 November. 3.30pm – 4.00pm

$110 Per Person (includes entry to 3 hour festival)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Your ticket grants you entry to the tasting session specified on your ticket and includes a tote bag for take-home purchases. All distillers will be running tastings throughout the session, which is included in your ticket price.

There is no limit to the amount of gins you can sample however we highly suggest that you pace yourself over the 3 hour session. The distillers will pour a small sample of gin into your tasting glass and you can either add your own Long Rays mixer or sample it neat. There will also be a spittoon at each stand should you wish to mouth sample only.

Drunken and abusive behaviour will not be tollerated and at our discretion anyone deemed to be intoxicated will be escorted from the venue.

If you have lost or are having trouble finding your ticket, go to Eventbrite and login with your email address and password. You will be able to resend your ticket/s to your email address or print them out from your account. Please contact hello@ginevents.com.au if you are still having issues.

Yes, you can give your ticket to whoever you like. There is no need to change the name on the ticket. You will not be refused entry if you are not the person named on the ticket however they will still be required to check in with the ticket.

All attendees must be 18 years or older and must have a ticket for the event.

Your ticket will include the start time and duration of your tasting session. This information is also available on Eventbrite. If you are late, you will not be allowed to stay for the following session. Please note that final samples will be served 15 minutes prior to the end of the session to give you time to finish your drinks, finalise your purchases, and make your way to the exit.

Yes! You may buy bottles of gin from the distillers to enjoy at home.

Coffee, water, tonic and soda are included in the ticket and will be available during the tasting sessions.

Card is preferred for purchases at the event, and some of our events are completely cashless. All distillers and food vendors will accept EFTPOS payments.

Yes, our events are wheelchair accessible. Events taking place in multi-level buildings will have lifts available if needed.

Given that this is a licensed event, we do recommend utilising public transport to get to the venue and to get home. Some venues will have parking available. Please check the websites of our venue partners for further details, availability and cost.

Refunds are only issued if you request a refund 30 days prior to the event or if the event is cancelled. If you can no longer attend, you may give or sell your ticket to another person. Tickets are fully transferable for the same session on the scheduled day. To request a refund go to your Eventbrite accounts dashboard to request a refund.