Spice Island Gin
2023: Gold Medal

Intercontinental Spirits Challenge

2023: Bronze Medal

Trophy Spirits Show

2021: Gold Medal (Gin & Tonic category)

International Wine & Spirits Competition London

2021: Bronze Medal

International Wine & Spirits Competition London

2020: Double Gold Medal

MichelAngelo International Wine and Spirits competition South Africa

2020: Double Gold Medal

SA Craft Gin Award

An aromatic, flavourful gin made with light touches of sweet Zanzibar spices.  

Its pedigree is classic dry gin, and the spice notes are subtle, giving the gin a hint of sweetness that is equally delicious whether enjoyed neat, as a G&T with straight Indian Tonic, or used as a base for more adventurous gin cocktails

Spice Island is our newest and most exciting gin.  It is smooth,  complex, and versatile and probably the best manufactured gin we have made.  Its inspiration is derived from our distiller’s sailing adventures in the Indian Ocean, with many fond memories of Zanzibar, that romantic quintessential Spice Island. 


Despite its name, this is a typical dry distilled gin at heart, it has been gently and subtly  infused with hints of some of the characteristic spices of Zanzibar to create an uplifting, heady and complex gin.  Of all of our gins, this one lends itself to interesting pairings with Indian Tonic and a creative range of garnishes because it takes on characteristics of the garnish itself. 


This versatile gin is delicious as a straight G&T with Indian Tonic garnished with grapefruit.  Add a splash of cranberry juice for our personal favourite:  Zanzibar Sunset. Garnish with a slice of ginger and a dried chilli or red peppercorns for an aromatic hot spice drink, or add a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange for a festive Christmassy Gin & Tonic.   And when it gets cold, make a warming Gin Hot Toddy to see you through a cold winter.

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Warm sweet citrus base flavours with complex bouquet of sweet spice

Palate: Light, bright spice flavours underpinned by sweet tangerine citrus resolve into individual hints of allspice, liquorice, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger as it warms in the mouth

Finish:  Smooth mouth feel, with a last lingering memory of cinnamon


Liquorice root
Grains of paradise
Citrus zest
Orris root
Cinnamon bark

Product Specifications

Spirit class: Gin
Colour: Clear 
Volume: 750ml
Alc/vol: 43% 
UPC: 6009880823215

The Magical Island of Spice

Spice Market - Zanzibar
Spice Market - Zanzibar

The complex subtle flavours of Deep South Spice Island Gin are inspired by the spice markets of Zanzibar, that magical , romantic island off the East Coast of Africa.  Steve, our distiller, visited the island several times while sailing in the Indian Ocean searching for inspiration for a new gin with a sweet spice profile. A visit to the spice markets and a spice tour captivated and inspired. 

A stroll through the spice market in Stone Town is intoxicating. Rich colours appeal to the eye, while the nose is bombarded with the heady aromas of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns of different types, lemon grass, cloves. 

The history of spice in Zanzibar maps the fascinating history of its various sea-faring visitors. Early Sumerians, Assyrians, and Egyptians used it as a waypoint before the Chinese, Indians, and Persians came to the island. Later, the Arabs, British and Portuguese also visited, colonised and settled on the island, each imprinting their own culture and cuisine on the island.  

The use of spices in food became a symbol of wealth around the world, affordable only by the prosperous.  And the spices of tIndian ocean flowed through the markets of Zanzibar, and out into the western world., becoming an integral part of the romance and economic growth of Zanzibar over the centuries. 

The complexity of ingredients, carefully balanced in the making of the gin, allows different flavours and aromas to present on the palate as the gin warms in mouth. And the interaction with mixers and garnishes used makes every cocktail as heady as an aromatic walk through the spice markets where the spices were sourced.   


Sweet Zanzibar Spices
Sweet Zanzibar Spices

Featured recipes

Recipe - Gin Bokkie Cocktail

Gin Bokkie

Our take on the classic Gin Buck: a gin and ginger ale with your own creative mixology. See how a simple change of garnish brings out the extraordinary range of the Deep South Spice Island Gin, and creates quite a different drink.

Recipe - Gin Hot Toddy

Gin Hot Toddy

Our Gin Hot Toddy is a wonderfully-warming hot drink made with Cape Dry Gin, fresh lemon juice and honey, topped with boiling water and spices.

Recipe - Dragonfly cocktail

Gin Dragonfly Cocktail

A lovely, spicy, refreshing cocktail made with herbal Deep South Cape Dry Gin, ginger ale and a hint of aromatic fresh lime.

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