Introducing Baleia Gin
From the ocean for the ocean. The idea behind Baleia started in 2006, as we travelled to the Azores on honeymoon to go whale watching on the island of Faial. In 2018 we returned to the Azores and make this our permanent home. In 2019 The Gin Library was opened, housing one of the world’s largest collection of gins. And in 2020 saw the beginning of Baleia Gin.
Balia is designed to be a simple, carefully and perfectly balanced gin. Relefting the ocean, it is created with local, endemic seaweed distilled with a mix of citrus, mint and juniper. Its aim is to showcase the Azores and the amazing botanicals that can be found on the island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Ali Bullock (creator of Baleia Gin explains) “2020 meant the temporary closure of our regular business, hosting guests and gin related experiences. This gave me time to work on my infusions, and so Beleia was born.”
With so many gins out in the market, Baleia has been careful to stand out with its world leading commitment to sustainable tourism through its partnership with the World Cetation Alliance (WCA.) Baleia goes back to our first trip to the Azores and whale watching. We knew that marine sustainability was something we wanted at the very heart of the brand and of the gin. As I did more research into the history of whaling in the Azores, and the moves to whale watching when hunting was outlawed I reached out to Futurismo Whale Watching (one of our partners) to learn more about what could be done. This conversation set me up with the World Cetation Alliance and so we decided to partner with them, making a donation with each bottle sold.”
Baleia has been created to showcase the Azores and support the conservation of one of its most famous residents, the whales. For every bottle of Baleia sold, a donation is made towards supporting whale conservation here in the Azores, through the certification of the Azores as a Whale Heritage Site, part of the World cetacean Alliance.
And finally, the design of the bottle. We went through many, many revisions to get this just right. And we hope that you will agree that this not only looks good, but it also captures the essence of the Azores.
Baleia is a small-batch crafted in São Miguel, part of the Azores Islands. The initial first release is limited to just 400 bottles for sale in the Azores through selected retailers and bars. For more information go to https://solarbranco.com/media for photos, news and press releases.
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Owner Baleia Gin & The Solar Branco Eco Estate
Phone: +351 919 076 779