We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to the 150 gin lovers who joined us, and contributed to the electric atmosphere at our first ever Gin Tasting Evening at Great Shelford on Thursday the 22nd of September. What a night it was! For those who were unable to make it, here is a recap of the gins, tonics and liquors we were lucky enough to taste.
First up was the 6 O’clock London Dry Gin by Brambley & Gage. Born in 2010 from an old family recipe, it has a strikingly smooth taste, with juniper berries carefully balanced with coriander seeds, angelica roots, orris root, winter savoury, elder flower and orange peel, all lovingly distilled for a deeply-delicious taste experience. This gin was the silver place winner at the 2018 International Wine & Spirits competition and is instantly recognisable in its iconic Bristol-blue glass bottle.
Next there was Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin, an English gin inspired by South Africa. This gin is slightly softer and much smoother than traditional gins, with rich notes of juniper and citrus, pot puri and exotic spices. This was accompanied with delicious premium tonics from Lamb & Watt, made with spring water sourced in the English Lake District. Their range includes the classic original tonic, ideal for letting the gin flavour speak for itself, to more unusual flavour combinations such as floral sweet Hibiscus or basil tonic, containing hints of quinine.
Those with a sweet tooth enjoyed the Tiptree selection of gin liqueurs, which included English Damson Gin, Raspberry Gin, Rhubarb Gin and Strawberry Gin. These were served with a simple tonic, letting the flavours of the liqueurs really sing.
At Scotsdales, we love supporting local suppliers, so we jumped at the chance to try Black Shuck Gin, a family run business based in neighbouring Norfolk. Black Shuck is named after the ghostly black shaggy dog said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia for centuries. For a real authentic taste of Norfolk we suggest Black Shuck’s Blush Gin, which combines traditional botanicals with Norfolk lavender and Sea Buckthorn, a unique taste you won’t find elsewhere.
Cottage Delight’s products were a welcome addition to our Gin Tasting Evening, bringing their edible treats to the market with a boozy twist. We are particularly fond of their Indulgent Festive Fudge in the run up to Christmas, as well as their Peach and Prosecco Bellini jam, making your morning toast a game changer, perfect for gin lovers!
If you’ve been ‘ginspired’ by our tasting event, then pop back in store to our food halls and carry on exploring our extensive range of gins and other alcoholic beverages on offer that are sure to please all, especially with Christmas on the horizon.
Keep an eye out on our events page for more exciting upcoming food and beverage themed events, and in the meantime, carry on with your own personal journeys of gin discovery – cheers!