It’s been almost a year since my trip to Sweden to visit Hernö gin distillery and the trip is one of the highlights of my gin journey. While I was there, I had the privilege of judging the Hernö cocktail competition – in the pouring rain – see photo for evidence!
Long time readers will know what a fan I am of this premium Swedish gin and judging by the amazing response they get when they join us a Junipalooza, you are too! (And yes, they’re back for 2019).
It was an absolute honour to have a chance to visit the place where the magic happens!
Lingonberries are a staple in Scandinavian cuisine and are used as a botanical in Hernö gins.
Hernö was one of the first Scandinavian gins and the location is at the heart of the spirit. Beautiful spruce, clear water and plenty of places to forage!
We were lucky to be taken up into the hills and undertake a guided botanical tour where the competing bartenders foraged for local ingredients.
It was wonderful to see so much juniper!
The competition itself was fantastic, although I could have done without the torrential rain!
The Hernö Distillery visitor centre is a must if you are traveling to Sweden. It is in the high country, so expect a bit of a journey from Stockholm.
Hernö run a variety of gin and cocktail tastings at the distillery. For more information, head here.