Leamington Gin Festival

I love gin and have tried most of the higher quality pub gins like Hendricks, Tanqueray and Bombay Sapphire and I know enough to tell which one is meant to be served lemon and which one with cucumber.

I was interested to learn more about the different types and flavours, so I was really looking forward to it!

My Mom, her friend Alison and myself went to the Gin Festival at the Assembly Rooms in Royal Leamington Spa last night… to learn more about gin. It was an educational visit. Ahem. 

When we arrived, we were given a goody bag, which contained the above items and also one sample card per person (for four samples). If you wanted to try full sized gin and tonics you could purchase a tasting card for £20.00, which entitled you to four single GnT’s. We obviously purchased those!

The Gin Bible contained notes on all of the different gins, so we could choose which ones we wanted to try.

As you can see, it’s fairly straightforward but I tended to focus on the garnish because I wanted to try some of the unusual ones.

The “bars” were A-I on one side and J-Z on the other depending on the brand of the gin and the queues were MASSIVE!! As you can see there was also some light entertainment.

There were literally hundreds of people there!

This gin (below) was one of my favourites. Ely Gin Sloe with Cherry flavour.

I also tried the Alkkemist Gin which contains 19 botanical – salvia, verbena, camomile denim, lemon balm, rock tea, thyme, cat tail, agronomy or orange or lemon rind and others and this was garnished with basil.

The one below was my favourite! It’s called Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger which captured the balance between the intense rush of ginger spice and the sweetness of rhubarb and this was garnished with a slice of fresh ginger. Spicy!

If you’re interested in buying this Gin you can do so here. It has such a pretty bottle too and it’s pink!! This bottle was empty and it was the last one, so we were pretty lucky to have tried it. Someone was just about to ask for 11 samples of it, as they’d got given extra sample cards but couldn’t because I had the last shot of it.

There were also people there from local distillers showcasing their gins and giving free samples of them. You could literally just stand there trying them. I have to say I was pretty merry just from that first few tasters!

As you can see here, there was a LOT to try!!

After we’d filled up our cards with stamps, it was time to go.

I’d recommend going to a gin festival if there’s one happening local to you. Find out here. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook.


Thanks for reading… Chelle xo

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