I bloody love gin. I may be known for drinking a very pale blush rosé but I am also extremely partial to gin these days. That’s not always been the case though; last night I learnt the reason for this. Apparently after trying something 27 times your taste buds decide to enjoy it. Red wine, olives, gin. All things I once hated and now LOVE. And I know I’m not alone.
I’ve never been much of a gin snob. I’ve been known to say ‘the cheapest one’ when asked in bars what kind I’d prefer but after last nights gin masterclass I can safely say that will no longer be the case.
The masterclass was hosted by Sipsmith and took place at Balls Brothers Minster Court and I now know everything there is to know about gin. I know how to sip gin, how to truly taste gin, how to smell gin (from the top of the rim and the bottom of the rim), where gin came from, why people drank gin in the first place, all the history behind gin and most importantly I now know why it’s so important to support the smaller gin brands like Sipsmith and to sack of the bigger names that I’m so used to.
I won’t ruin it for you but do recommend visiting the Sipsmith Distillery in Chiswick for a £15 tour of the place (G&T included) and then you can too be a master in the art of gin drinking. (Or at least make sure you pick up a bottle next time you’re browsing the aisles for something special in Waitrose)