Celebrating 50 (I)
The year had barely begun, but there was already something to celebrate! 50 … It’s just a number they say (and don’t forget, “you’re now half a century YOUNG”)!
To kick off my milestone birthday, one of my dearest and longest friends invited me to join her for a gin tasting. This was then followed by a (long) weekend of camping with family for more celebrations – we will tell you all about this in our next post.
West Coast Distillers, Langebaan:
Friends told us about an amazing gin tasting they had (literally a kilometer from our home, which I didn’t even know about) and my friend immediately grabbed this opportunity to give me a fantastic 50th birthday gift!
West Coast Distillers is situated in an industrial area and doesn’t look like much from the outside … but wow, once you walked in, the gin lounge is just another world!
We loved the interior of West Coast Distillers – tables and chairs are laid out for tasting sessions, there are so many different bottles of gin and other spirits displayed in beautiful cupboards, colourful banners to advertise their gin and a bar area where everything good is happening!
Much to our surprise, we were each handed a welcome drink – a lovely decorated handcrafted gin, named Summer Cup (perfect for a hot summers’ day and oh, so refreshing)!
Except for the 6 glasses on the table, there were three bottles of bitters and a few cans of mix to add to the different gins. The most colourful ingredients however, were the garnish we could add to our different gins – dried orange slices, dried strawberry, lemon peels and different herbs (mint, rosemary and thyme).
The host at West Coast Distillers treated us with stories about how each gin was crafted and what is best to drink with it. She filled our glasses with the different types of gin and then we could add the different flavours and garnish.
Here follow a series of photo’s of the 6 different gins (and vodka) we tasted – I love the names that were chosen for these drinks!
We had such an enjoyable time at West Coast Distillers – looking at our (almost) empty glasses, it was a great gin tasting session!
Towards the end of our tasting session, the two Master Distillers of West Coast Distillers walked in (with an adorable dog). Shane and Shaun (yes, we also got confused) are the perfect hosts and we had great chats with them about their love for distilling and creating the perfect gin for gin lovers like us!
Thank you to my dear friend for such a treat like this for my 50th birthday! She knows, after all these years, what I like most … a good gin and great company!
And of course, we did not leave West Coast Distillers empty-handed! Between my friend and my husband, I walked away with amazing gifts … it’s good to be 50!
To end it off, here’s a quote from Agatha Christie:
“Suddenly you find, at the age of 50, that a whole new life has opened before you” 😊.