We are really looking forward to our gin tasting at Sanctuary Ale House in later this month (18th). This is a cracking wee micro pub in Hartshill in the heart of the Staffordshire Potteries. This fantastic venue owned and managed by Caroline and Steve is home to a wonderful range of tasty craft and real ales, ciders and of course an ever expanding range of wonderful gins from around the United Kingdom and further afield.
We host gin tastings in Staffordshire and throughout the UK. We also host gin and whisky tastings for private parties and at corporate events.
Gin Tasting Experience 18th September
During our Gin Tasting Experience, guests will taste 6 gins neat before preparing the perfect serve gin & tonic with garnishes as suggested by the distillers. Our events are fun and informative and are enjoyed by those both new to the wonderful world of gin and by seasoned enthusiasts!
There are only a few tickets remaining for this exclusive tasting experience, please click here to grab yours!
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Our Gin Tasting Events
When you join one of our gin tasting events you can expect it to be a little different. Having worked in the distilling industry for many years, we know that the distiller who has painstakingly crafted the gin before you, wants you to be able to taste the spirit and to appreciate the difference between their gin and those produced by their competitors. The spirit is the heart and soul of any distillery, whether it be destined for a fine single malt whisky or for a premium London dry gin.
Nosing and Tasting Gin
At the beginning of our tasting I talk guests through the rationale of the choice of glassware that I like to use in comparative spirit tastings. I then demonstrate how to nose, taste and evaluate spirit. I then ask guests to spend a few minutes nosing the neat gins, and to make a note of any aromas that they detect, there are no right or wrong answers, what one person gets will be completely different to the next.
We nose each of the gins ‘blind’, I don’t reveal the brand name of the gin until later, we then go on to having a taste of each neat gin, again to see if guests identify any particular flavours. We then prepare the gin and tonic using garnishes as suggested by the distiller and enjoy our first drink.
The Gin Garnish and Tonics
I prepare the garnishes as suggested by the distillers for the ‘perfect serve’ for each gin. I always suggest to guests that they should perhaps taste the gin and tonic before garnishing. I believe some garnishes can totally over power the flavour of the gin. I don’t see the point in spending £40 on a special bottle of gin only to mask its character by adding heavily flavoured garnishes or tonic. I think it is similar in a way to how we drink single malt whisky. There is nothing wrong with adding a large dollop of coca cola to your £50 single malt whisky, it’s just that the end product will taste exactly the same as it would if you had used a £12 blended whisky from the supermarket.
I adopt a similar approach with the choice of tonic for my tastings. There are many tonics on the market to choose from and It is great that people have their own favourites and that it is encouraging consumers to explore the gin category. During a tasting however, it is important that each spirit is tasted in exactly the same way, using the same glassware, some would argue without garnish, and if tonic is being used, exactly the same product for each serve. More often than not, my choice of tonic for my gin tasting events is good old straight forward Fever Tree tonic water.
Once each gin & tonic has been prepared and tasted, I talk about the gin brand and the history of the distillers who make it. I’ll also talk about the production process and botanicals, both traditional and local, used to make each gin.
We hope that you will join us at the Sanctuary Ale House, or at one of our other forthcoming gin tasting events. We are also hosting a gin tasting at Spout Brew House in Leek on Halloween, 31st October, so if you want to avoid the tricks and enjoy the treats, click here to buy tickets!
Tickets for the gin tasting at Sanctuary Ale House, Hartshill, 18th September can be purchased here.
We hope to see you at a tasting soon!