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Announcing: Gin Tasting at The Bookworm Hosted By Capital Spirits (reservation required)


The masters of spirits over at Capital Spirits — owners of The Distillery, one of the hottest new bars in Beijing — are lending their expertise to The Bookworm for a special gin tasting event on Sunday, November 29 at 5:30 pm. For 150 RMB, you’ll get to try four gins, information for which is below. Reservation is required! Email if you’d like a spot.

The gin lineup, as introduced by Capital Spirits co-founder Simon Dang:

1) Begin with a classic to use as a baseline: Bombay Sapphire

The flavouring of the drink comes from a recipe of ten ingredients (which the bottle’s label boasts as “10 exotic botanicals”): almond, lemon peel, liquorice, juniper berries, orris root, angelica, coriander, cassia, cubeb, and grains of paradise. The spirit is triple distilled using a carterhead still, and the alcohol vapours are passed through a mesh/basket containing the ten botanicals, in order to gain flavour and aroma. This gives a lighter, more floral gin rather than the more-common “punchy” gins that are distilled using a copper pot still.

Then we move on to three Capital Spirits Craft Gins, all made at our Xinsi Hutong Distillery:

2) Uncle Karl Goes to Provence (Provençal Herbs and Botanicals)
Named after the infamous German trucker Uncle Karl, who was so kind to let a few packs of organic German junipers fall from his truck straight into the hands of Capital Spirits co-founder Matthias. Uncle Karl’s is inspired by classic gins. Nothing fancy, just the usual juniper and coriander seeds create a nice base on which we built a fabulous bouquet of lavender, rosemary, finished off with an orange twist.

3) Gin with Chinese Characteristics
Bill brings a spicy local twist to the ruinous poison that is gin, laying both chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorn atop a sturdy juniper and citrus base. Slices of bitter melon, considered in the school of Chinese medicine to be cooling to the body, are then added to balance the heat of the peppers, ensuring that no one’s “qi” is thrown out of whack.

4) Experimental Gin – Hop Gun

The first gin by David at The Distilery, Hop Gun is an attempt to combine David’s two greatest passions in life: spirits and beer. A more subtle juniper base gives this gin a very light and ethereal palate, the hops, gifted from Slowboat Brewery accents the gin with a sweet floral aroma. Drink this and you won’t need a wingman!

Thomas Henry Premium Tonic Water — a very special tonic water from Germany — will be available for those who wish to take their gin in a slightly less potent manner.


Sunday, November 29, 5:30 pm, 150 RMB
Reservation is required! Email

Capital Spirits Beijing

About The Distillery, owned by Capital Spirits:

The Distillery by Capital Spirits is Beijing’s first bar and craft distillery. With its new custom built state of the art 100L copper fitted column still distillator, The Distillery is creating small batches of house distilled spirits such as London Dry style gins, vodkas, fruit based schnapps, and rums. Our goal is to celebrate the heritage of Western spirit distillation with a Chinese twist. As with the original Capital Spirits Baijiu Bar, The Distillery continues to offer the same tasting room concept with an expanded menu of liquor flights. Customers at The Distillery can learn, taste and discover flights of unique craft spirits of rum, gin and vodka from around the world. For more information, visit

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