Gin Tasting in Manchester

Gin Tasting

It has been a busy few weeks here at Distilled Events. We have been hosting both gin tasting and whisky tasting events all over the UK as well as looking after guests from all over the world on our Guided Islay Distillery Experiences. We’ve even been to Germany to host a whisky masterclass for 65 guests for a whisky club in Munich!

Gin Tasting for a Corporate Event in Manchester

We were delighted to be asked to host a gin tasting at a corporate event in central Manchester last week for 50 guests. As always we provided everything needed to make the event successful including 300 glasses, tonics, garnishes and of course the gin! Given that the gin tasting was taking place in Manchester we wanted to include some more local gins in this tasting as well as our usual favourites. We’ve included a list of the gins that we presented at our gin tasting in Manchester as well as which garnishes we served them with below.

Whittaker’s Gin Was a Favourite at our Manchester Gin Tasting

Set List for our Manchester Gin Tasting!

Manchester Three Rivers Gin – Manchester 40% abv
Serve: Apricot and Rosemary

Whittaker’s Gin – Harrogate, Yorkshire 42% abv
Serve: Thyme

Hunter’s Cheshire Gin – Knutsford, Cheshire 43.3% abv
Serve: Lime

Shining Cliff Floral Gin – White Peak Distillery, Derbyshire 45% abv
Serve: Orange

Botanist Gin – Islay, Scotland 46% abv
Serve: Lime

Haymans Royal Dock Navy Strength Gin – London 57% abv
Serve: Lemon

Contact Us About a Gin Tasting

We would love to hear from you. If you are interested in talking to us about our gin or whisky tastings, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either complete the form below and we will get back to you very quickly or give David a call on 07875 405 980

The awesome Shining Cliff Floral Gin from White Peak Distillery in Ambergate, Derbyshire. We love to serve this with a slice of orange and Fever Tree Indian Tonic

Gin Tastings in Manchester

Peak District Gin

Have Us Host a Gin Tasting in Manchester For You!

We host gin tastings in Manchester, the Peak District and throughout the UK. We also host gin and whisky tastings for private parties and at corporate events. We regularly host gin tastings for special occasions such as stag parties or hen parties at large self catering houses and private homes in Manchester and further afield.

Gin Tastings

During our Gin Tastings guests taste 6 gins neat before preparing the perfect serve gin & tonic with garnishes as suggested by the distillers. Our tastings are fun and informative and are enjoyed by those both new to the wonderful world of gin and by seasoned enthusiasts!

Private Gin Tastings in Manchester

As well as our regular scheduled gin tasting events around the UK, we arrange private gin tastings for private parties, stag parties, hen parties, corporate events and for special birthdays. Please contact us here if you would like more information or to book us for a private tasting event. Alternatively please call David on 07875 405 980.

To enquire about a gin tasting in Manchester, or anywhere else in the UK, please call David on the number above or complete and submit the form below and we will get back to you very quickly.

 

Gin Tasting Hen Party

Our Gin Tastings

When you join one of our gin tastings 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.

Gin tasting in your home

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.

corporate gin tastings

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.

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We hope to see you at a tasting soon!

Chin chin

David