Flavoured Gin Tasting (SOUTHAMPTON)
From pink raspberry gin to mouth-watering elderflower or sweet violet or even salted caramel ... you will get to taste all types of flavoured gins during this very special tasting!
While gin is, by definition, flavoured, there has been a rise in lower-strength, sweet, Gin-based Liqueurs too, and we shall taste two during this tasting, of course.
Gin liqueurs are in a category of their own. They’re absolutely gorgeous added to prosecco, incredibly versatile in cocktails and even easy drinking on the rocks. If you’re reading this, you may already know and love them, but first off: what is gin liqueur? Liqueurs are flavoured, sweetened gins that are created at a lower alcohol strength — around 20% abv rather than the minimum 37.5% abv for gin. One of the beautiful things about liqueurs is that you can go as budget or premium as you like. Whether you’re in the market for a great drink for £12 or £40, you’re guaranteed to find something delicious.
However, we shall concentrate on Premium Gins, although infused ones with natural botanicals. Popular flavours include fruits (sloe, damson, orange, rhubarb), floral (violet, rose, elderflower), or spices such as ginger.
Pinkster is a good example, as it is a raspberry-infused gin. G&J, one of the country’s oldest distillers, was recruited to produce the core spirit with five botanicals to an original recipe ans thus make a Premium Gin, distilled in small batches. However, a further three botanicals, including fresh, plump raspberries grown nearby their rural base outside Cambridge were then macerated to extract flavour and colour ... which makes it a flavoured gin!
Like blackberries? Then let me introduce you to Chilgrove in West Sussex instead and their Bramble Gin. They combine 100% grape-alcohol with crystal-clear Sussex natural mineral water, from South Downs Water, along with twelve carefully balanced botanicals including blackberry. The resulting London Dry Gin is then infused with stunning whole English blackberries for a full lunar cycle to fully capture the essence of this Gloriously English fruit. The result is a seriously-smooth, ruby-red gin just bursting with fruit. Introducing blackberries carefully in these two separate parts of the gin-making process ensures that juniper remains at the forefront which, coupled with a bottling-strength of 42% abv, truly earns its title of ‘Super-Premium Gin’.
Ok, so you get the gist. But do you know which type is your favourite? Liqueurs or Infused Gins? Let's try them all and decide for yourself! ;-)
This tasting includes: 5 Gins or Liqueurs to taste; Premium Mixer to add (from Indian Tonic to Mediterranean and Elderflower); Professional ISO tasting glasses, PowerPoint presentation, fun and interactive tutorial as well as comprehensive tasting notes. No previous gin tasting knowledge required.
This tasting is perfect for existing gin lovers or for those who want to learn about this versatile spirit, in a relaxed environment. These evenings make a great present and can be bought as an open-date Gift Voucher for just £35.
Places remaining: 16
Course Date/Time: Fri 3rd May 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Dolphin Hotel (Mercure) 34-35 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2HN