What a brilliant night we had at our latest This is Gin Event last night.
Last night, 24th February, we hosted a gin tasting in Peterhead. The lovely Scott Rose joined us in his role as Gin Ambassador and brought with him a great selection of gins from Area two in our This is Gin book.
The evening began with a welcome drink of either Prosecco with a little Berry Good Strawberry Gin or the brand new Wild Thyme Spirits Colonsay Gin. Both were received excitedly by the attendees. Drinks were flowing, discussion and dissection had began, and lots of laughter could be heard throughout the room.
An introduction from This is Guides followed, where we talked about our story so far and what’s coming next. Lots of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ could be heard at the mention of more gin!
The reins were then handed back to Scott Rose who took us all on a gin tour of the highlands and islands.
First stop was Glen Wyvis from Dingwall. Scott told the story of Glen Wyvis and I picked up role of bartender ensuring that everyone had a neat measure of gin before them. They were then guided through the tasting process by Scott and encouraged to try neat, before making the drink their own with a selection of tonics and garnishes paired to the notes that they had picked up from the aroma and initial taste.
There was a lot of amazement at the selection of garnishes, a total of 13 on the table! But everyone seemed keen to be adventurous with their garnish and very few lime and lemon wedges were used throughout the evening.
All of the gins were received with excitement and enthusiasm from everyone in the room. Some liked them neat, some over ice, some with normal tonic, others with Mediterranean tonic. I won’t even begin with the garnish selection. But let’s just say the quote of the night directed to Scott was “so what you’re saying is anything goes?” I must stress this was in relation to garnish choice- honestly!
It really was a delight to see everyone exploring their drinks more and the aromatics that come through in them. Again it was great to see the non gin drinkers in the room enjoying themselves as much as the hardened enthusiasts.
Top results from the night surprised me. Tonic Fevertree Mediterranean. Garnish – Pink Grapefruit. Not necessarily all in the same glass mind but all gins were enjoyed in various combinations. The commentary ranged from ‘oooh I’d have that with dessert’ to ‘I could drink that all night’ to ‘that smells like my granny’s coal fire’
There was a brief interlude before rounding up and having final tastings of their favourites. This was accompanied with the most amazing Gin and tonic cheesecake from the amazing pastry chef at the Albert Hotel. The room was silent while this was consumed which is always a sign of a great dessert.
All in all the night was a great success. Lots of questions were asked. Lots of different combinations were tried some more unique than other (we did have one cocktail maker in the room who kept pouring her gins all in the same glass)
Our guests retired to the bar while we tidied up and then insisted that we join them. The result was a lot of chat about when the next one would be and what gins we would be having.
We are delighted to say we have booked our next event – details will follow shortly. Please come along and join us if you can. You can book your tickets here. We are also still exploring other locations and hope to have the details of these available soon.