It all began with the simple idea to move our popular workshops online.
The Alembics Lab is the online learning space created by Jill Mulvaney, founder of Alembics New Zealand—an industry-leading distillation and extraction business.
Our goal is to show people just how accessible it is to distil yourself, starting with what you have around you.
Accessible, practical and fun
The Alembics Lab brings the three pillars of aromatic distillation together under one roof—hydrosols, essential oils, and alcohol. These techniques are the gateways to working with natural flavour and aroma.
We’ve designed our courses for anyone who wants to learn how to distil at home, or in their business or practice. If you are just getting started we can guide you through which still to use, and show you proper set up and cleaning protocols. For those of you already distilling we’ll open up new directions for you to explore, and expand your knowledge and practice.
Shot on location at our Alembics Lab on Waiheke Island, New Zealand—our courses are accessible, practical and fun. You can start today.
Founder & Head Distiller
Jill Mulvaney is distiller, extractor and blender of aromatics, with over 25 years of experience. She teaches and consults on all aspects of plant extraction, aroma, and natural flavour. Jill also develops ideas and products for a wide range of industries, and is behind a number of award-winning gins.
Jill is passionate about the character of plants, the alchemical wonder of distillation, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. Her formative years, growing up on an isolated farm in Hawkes Bay, her recent teaching partnerships with internationally renowned phytochemists and aromatic distillers in Europe and America, and her experience distilling New Zealand and Australian natives, forms the basis of her deep engagement with the natural world—which remains her greatest inspiration.