Winston Quinn

Winston Quinn’s headquarters in Fortitude Valley is much more than a production and bottling facility – it’s got a fully equipped tasting room where gin lovers can sample the distillery’s small-batch drops from the source. The venue is kitted out with a gorgeous back-lit bar, a collection of comfy furniture, mood lighting, a gorgeous mural of Quinn the golden retriever (one half of Winston Quinn’s namesake) and a gleaming copper still standing by the window. The distillery runs pre-booked tasting sessions from Thursday to Sunday, where guests can enjoy a 90-minute experience that allows them get familiar with the core range. The tasting paddle features a splash of each of Winston Quinn’s flagship drops, plus a bottle of soda water or tonic and a selection of garnishes to customise your sip. The tasting room also has a food and booze menu you can use to bolster the experience, including classic cocktails like martinis and negronis (made using Winston Quinn gin, of course), mocktails, cheese boards and grazing plates. If you’ve done a tasting session before, and are eager to come back but aren’t keen on a repeat experience, the tasting room is offering streamlined general-admission session that includes a welcome cocktail instead of the tasting paddle. Bookings can be made via the Winston Quinn website.


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