Experience : Spirit Star

The UK’s gin revival is astonishing. The number of distillers has more than doubled in the last two years so consumer choice has never been better.

We have the Spanish to thank for the reinvention of the G&T, as they introduced large bowl glasses and lavish garnishes such as rosemary or burnt orange. This gave the spirit a new lease of life, driving up demand for UK gin, and opening a market for wild distillations to the consumer – gin flavoured with samphire (Cornwall); rhubarb (Northamptonshire) and tea (Aberdeenshire).

This experience allows delegates to taste some of these rare and exclusive blends, as well as understanding how gin is made; its origins; and what is served by those all important botanicals.

The event is hosted by either Helen Chesshire; Dawn Davies (The Spirits and Whisky Exchange); or Jane Parkinson (BBC Saturday Kitchen).

On board:

  • Gin – a brief history and how it’s made
  • Botanical Challenge – the delegates are given three very different gins and asked to select which botanicals are dominant in each
  • Tonic – why it works and which is best
  • Dressing Challenge – delegates are given three more gins to match with tonic, and more importantly a range of dressings – from a good old slice of lemon to spruce sprigs; sea vegetables; and pink peppercorns.
  • Name my Gin – so much of a gin’s success is in its branding, as a final competition, delegates are asked to reveal the names they would give their own gin brands, and vote for the winner.

Please note; a version of this experience is also available focusing on whisky, hosted by world-renowned spirits expert Dave Broom, and Dawn Davies.

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