Ready, steady, let’s traverse the trails at twilight
Kiff Kombi Tours Introduces… The Gin Jol
All aboard gin lovers! We’re going on a spirited road trip with Kiff Kombi Tours
Being a tourist in Cape Town is a truly sensational experience as our city has it all. Tourists are routinely in awe of the amazing mountain, the stunning beaches, the views, the people, all the action and activities that this city boasts. Become a tourist again with help from Kiff Kombi Tours and their new tour, The Gin Jol. They recently debuted this tour, and gave us a front-row seat (we totally called shotgun).
The tour started outside of Yours Truly on Kloof Street. We had more than enough time to grab a coffee and prepare for a whole day of gin tastings, a challenge that we excitedly accepted. The colourful Kombi was waiting for us, and so was the gin, so we all piled in and headed out for a day of adventure.
The first stop on the tour was the Durbanville Distillery at Meerendal Estate. The drive to Durbanville was picturesque, the Kombi super comfy and the company stellar.
We made new friends and by the end of the tour, it was like we’d known one another for years. Gin tasting will do this to you. This one was a true discovery as most of us had never heard of this distillery but we were delighted when we tasted their amazing products. To kick you into gear, the first venue gives you a taste of their rum, vodka and gin. We started with the rum, moved to the vodka and ended with the gin. Before you ask, we did have a taste of each one neat, but we also added a mixer in a 1:1 ratio to maintain the flavour of the spirit while ensuring that we would still be on our feet at 2pm!
On the way to the next stop, the Woodstock Gin Co, tour leader Drew Campbell presented us with tasty snacks to line our stomachs and keep us busy. They were a welcome treat as we were pretty buzzed by this point – five neat spirits will do that to you! When we arrived at the Woodstock Gin Co, a table with four tasting glasses and snacks awaited us. Owner Simon Von Witt was there to take us through the gin making process and give us some insight into the flavours of each gin. We tasted their Inception Gin, of which there is a wine based one and a beer based one, the High Tea gin, as well as the Cask Aged one. Each gin was paired with a different snack which included olives, cheese, biltong, pistachios, dried fruit and cake.
The second-to-last stop on The Gin Jol was New Harbour Distillery, also located in Woodstock. This facility opened quite recently, but already they’ve made their name as crafters of sensational gin in a carbon-neutral distillery. Currently they produce Spekboom // iGwanitsha Gin, Rooibos Infused Gin and Natural Copper Catalysed Vodka. They are also one of the only producers of Fynbos Gin in the Western Cape (it’s a limited edition product and you can buy it online). When we arrived the table was already set with our tasting glasses as well as a selection of chocolates to pair with the various spirits.
No gin tour would be complete without a stop at the Secret Gin Bar. This inner-city hotspot is where Capetonians flock for a taste of local gin made into some bespoke cocktails. We were treated to a delicious gin and tonic while we all sat and reflected on a day well spent.
The Gin Jol makes for a great day out with friends and family, although they need to be over 18 to take this tour. It’s an especially amazing idea for a bachelorette party. The bride will love you forever if you take her to get day drunk on gin. #winning
Because Cape Town loves gin, and we love Cape Town, we’ve put together the only guide you’ll ever need for gin tasting in the city (and beyond). With everything from inner city distilleries like Hope On Hopkins all the way to Jorgensen’s in Wellington and Inverroche in Stilbaai, our Gin Distillery overview has it all.
To find out more about the other tours run by Kiff Kombi Tours, check out the Craft Beer Safari or follow them on Facebook for straight-from-the-horse's mouth news - Facebook.com/kiffkombitours. We’ve also got a list of the best tours in Cape Town and Kiff Kombi is in some pretty great company.