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The unexpected gin from the bottom of the world opens a new Gin Bar and blending experience in Hobart

October 29, 2020 Beverage No Comments

Tasmania’s unexpected gin from the bottom of the world will unveil an innovative new Gin Bar and bespoke blending experience in Hobart before the end of the year.

Opening this week the Forty Spotted “Ginstitute” will allow gin lovers the opportunity to blend their very own bespoke bottle of Forty Spotted gin to take home.

These intimate and COVID-safe workshops cost $99 per person and run for approximately one and a half hours. Leveraging local knowledge from Forty Spotted’s Gin Professors, the blending experience gives participants the opportunity to learn about the history of gin and blend their own using some of Tasmania’s most unique botanicals like Oyster Bay Pine, Wattle Seed, Tasmanian Pepperberry and Kunzea.

The Forty Spotted Gin Bar will open to the public on 27 November and offer Tasmanians and visitors to the Apple Isle the opportunity to enjoy a selection of unique gin cocktails prepared using the full range of Forty Spotted gin and some of Australia’s and the world’s rarest and most exciting gins paired to a bespoke snack menu.

The Gin Bar also features more than 20 rare and exciting gins from Australia and around the world such as Isle of Raasay (Scotland), Boatyard Gin (Northern Ireland) and Berliner Brandstifter (Germany). All cocktails have drawn inspiration from Forty Spotted’s home itself, using seasonal ingredients iconic to Tasmania.

The pièce de résistance is the bar’s design, developed by March Studios, which is geometric in style and has been built using thousands of individual pieces of timber, hand pieced together to represent the nest of the Forty Spotted pardalote, a rare bird only found in Tasmania. Visitors will marvel at how the bar showcases the rugged beauty of Tasmania’s wilderness juxtaposed against the contemporary and innovative art and design that the state is globally renowned for. Built for the modern world, the design allows for social distancing seating 30 people at any one time.

Commenting on the opening, head of hospitality at Forty Spotted Dan Knight says, “We wanted to create a bar as unique as the gin and Tasmania itself and so we hope guests will feel as though they are stepping into a completely different world when they join us.

As a destination venue hidden away from Hobart’s main hospitality strips, this bar isn’t like anything else in Tassie and it will offer local gin lovers and visitors a chance to experience handcrafted cocktails away from the hustle and bustle.”

As the distilling industry continues to grow in Tasmania, it’s leaving an ever-growing impression in our tourism industry. We’ve already seen such great success from our Whisky Distilleries and we have no doubt that this new bar will continue to captivate Australians’ love for Tasmanian spirits,” Mr Knight said.

The Gin Bar will pour Forty Spotted’s established and new-release gins including Forty Spotted Classic, Forty Spotted Citrus as well as new additions Forty Spotted Bush Honey and Forty Spotted Raspberry and Rose.

Bookings are essential due to the small nature of the venue and its COVID safe practices. Bookings can be made on the website via

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