Ok now I have your attention I’m going to tell you about the event I was asked to host at The Coffee Apothecary in Udny last night (31st March)
We have had this organised for over a month and interest has been slowly building via social media and in house at Coffee Apothecary
There was to be five gins available on the night for the attendees to try. We had three producers that were able to make it and two had supplied product so they too could have a presence although unfortunately they weren’t able to be in the room. This made for a lovely mix of knowledge and entertainment.
After introductions and telling the story of how This is Gin came to be we were introduced to the delights of Avva Gin from Moray Distillery. Jill entertained the room with tales of how her still, J-J, came to be and the process behind Avva.
Then Porters Gin were up, their story was left for me to tell, this Aberdeen Gin is a mix of expertise and experimentation from three gents who come from both a drinks-based background and a science one.
Next up was Scott from Colonsay Gin with tales from the island and how this exciting island Gin was formulated and produced. Check out the Colonsay Gin Facebook page for more information.
The last two gins were both local to the venue. First we had House of Elrick from Newmachar. This light fresh Gin has a totally different taste experience to the other gins we had in the room. Last, but by no means least, was The Teasmith. The most local Gin to the venue and we learnt about the history behind the Gin and why they used tea. We also discovered from founder Nick that we were right on the trading route along which the tea that inspired his product would have travelled, almost 200 years ago.
The gins were all served neat initially to allow people to smell and taste the full flavour profile before they were encouraged to add their own tonic and recommended garnish. The gins were all equally well received with a definite split through the room of like/dislike on each Gin. Which is exactly what we are trying to achieve with This is Gin, helping people to discover the gins that are right for them.
We want people to explore different gins, different tonics and garnishes but also different quantities. Some gins work with a 1:1 mix others a 1:2 or 2:5 but it’s your Gin so have it your way. Even the non Gin drinkers in the room went away looking at Gin in a whole new light.
So all that is left for me to say is thank you if you came along, I hope you enjoyed yourself, and if you didn’t come along try and make the next one.