How to make gin
Ok, so now there’s a distillery. And history. But can anyone actually make gin?
It turns out, as sad as it is, that there are not that may people in Estonia who have the necessary training and experience. Somehow we were still able to find out the useful information necessary to purchase the equipment and machinery.
It took two years to try to break bureaucracy and renovate the production space. We picked out the distilling equipment form a German manufacturer called Carl. Reliable German quality. Quint bottling machine came from Italy, stainless steal barrels from Slovakia, and pumps from Japan, laboratory technology from Germany.
As we were never able to spot a person capable of making a gin to our liking, we had to learn more about gin and figure it out ourselves. Countless hours online along with a seminar in Germany provided us a foundation to be able to create tens of different gin prototypes using our own basic distiller on top of a washing machine.
We found some good friends, sommeliers, and bartenders who agreed to taste all the madness that poured out of that machine. Eventually we did reach a point where our experimentation became drinkable AND enjoyable. And finally two rather interesting flavors got weeded out: cloudberry and pepper. While the spicy gin was left to wait its time, we decided it was best to start the introduction of TOHI gin to the World with the cloudberry variation.