I am a complete gin novice, so was a little apprehensive about the afternoon and whether i'd find anything I actually liked, but with the gin book in hand and the lovely gin festival glass we started our gin adventure.
We started with the Masons Yorkshire Tea gin, this went down very well and for the first time I actually enjoyed gin, we moved onto the normal Masons gin which was lovely and then tried the Lavender gin which to my surprise worked well, the lavender really came through and it was refreshing with the lovely Fever Tree tonic water.
Also offering samples in the brand area were Adnams, Pinkster, Robin of Locksley and Brockmans, whose gin was the most unique out of the many we tasted on the day
To make the most of the experience, I shared the gins with my husband. We started off with Blackwoods Vintage 60% and Masons. Having not really drunk gin before, there were a lot of new tastes and the range of Fever Tree tonics really complemented these.
Next we tried the Tarquin Single Estate Cornish Tea Limited Edition and Gin Mare. These contained some of the more outlandish garnishes, with the Hibiscus Flower served in the Tarquin Gin adding an element of the theatrical by turning the drink pink.
We then made our way to the masterclass area to watch the presentation by Masons, i'm really glad we did, as Sophie, who was there representing them was full of information about the whole Gin history. It was a great way to find out more about the drink that this event was all about and where it originated from.
And finally, we chose the Whitley Neill and Bathtub Old Tom, having tried a rum from the makers of the Old Tom we had hoped for good things and we weren’t disappointed. It was a real treat and the bottle is just as fantastic as the taste.
Our final stop was a chat with the ladies at the Gin Explorer stand, a monthly gin subscription which sounds perfect for a few members of our family and maybe now even me, the perfect way to try different gins direct to your door.
Overall we had a fantastic time at the Gin Festival and both my husband and I left with a new found love of Gin and are ready to stock up on a few of our favourites for some summer cocktails and G&Ts in the garden.
NB: We were given complimentary tickets and drinks for the Gin Festival, all words and opinions are my own.