Booking in advance recommended – Click here – Baleia Gin was created in 2020 by owner of the world known Gin Library, Ali Bullock. Enjoy a Baleia & tonic surrounded by Europe’s largest collection of gin, expertly prepared for you by its creator.
Baleia is named after the Portuguese word for whale, distilled overlooking the never-ending Atlantic Ocean on the island of São Miguel. Blending traditional botanicals such as juniper, citrus and rosemary with seaweed sustainably sourced from the waters around the island. Baleia gin has an exceptionally smooth flavour, mixing a touch of sweetness with the salt of the ocean. Every bottle and drink sold supports marine conservation projects in the region, through a donation to The Ocean Azores Foundation.
History of The Azores
The Azorean people and whales have a long history over the last 150 years. From hunting whales, through to the outlawing of commercial whaling in 1981. Baleia gin aims to awaken your senses to the salt of the ocean, and envisage a mission of hope to the future and preservation of these magnificent cetaceans of the ocean.
The idea for Baleia started in 2019 as COVID started to hit the news and took on real progress in 2020 as we had to close the estate to visitors and guests. With little to do but drink on my own surrounded by gin, I decided it was time to move up the timetable and create my own gin. “With over 500 gins in the collection, I sat there for a while, slightly terrified and excited at the same time thinking about what I could create. Once I figured out the name and the mission of the gin, with the idea of the ocean and whales at its heart it was time to reach out to friends such as Joao and our partners Lima & Quental to start thinking about making this a reality. It takes more than just 1 person to create Baleia, it’s a team of passionate people who make this happen.”
Baleia took over 1.5 years to get to the final edition. Over 58 batches were made using varing amounts of botanicals in order to balance them against the seaweed. The result is an exceptionally smooth, new type of gin. It is one without the overarching flavour of juniper which is very deliberate.
A Baleia Gin tasting experience is held at the Gin Library at the Solar Branco Eco Estate come rain or shine. When the weather is nice, the library doors are open, bringing the beautiful views of the green hills of São Miguel to the ocean beyond. For rainy days, we have comfortable seating inside. Hosted by Baleia Gin creator and Gin Library owner Ali Bullock, who will teach you to make and enjoy the perfect Baleia Gin and Tonic. Your experience includes one drink. Additional drinks are available to purchase. Please note: This experience is only available for adults over eighteen.
Refund policy / Terms and Conditions
Up to 7 days or more in advance: full refund
Up to 48 hours: 50% refund
Less than 48 hours: no refund available
FEATURED IN FORBES:
It’s not often that a product from a small distillery such as ours gets published in Forbes. It is with great pride that we were featured in this article:
“With Baleia (the name means “whale” in Portuguese), he is literally out to save the whales. His tagline is “From the ocean, for the ocean.” From, because local, sustainably sourced sea kelp is one of the key ingredients used in the distillation, giving the gin a distinctive, slightly ocean-y flavor.
For, because Bullock has adopted a “buy one, give one” model, with one euro from every bottle or cocktail sold going to his Ocean Azores Foundation, a project he created to fund conservation, research and sustainable tourism projects based on all the islands of the archipelago. The goal is to increase protections for marine mammals and ensure their long-term survival. “