Saturday brought the Manchester Gin Festival 2014 to town. It’d been so long since I’d purchased tickets and thought about the event that I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It turned out to be a fantastic event with so much gin on offer that my liver was going to collapse if I tried them all. However, I’d made a smart decision, I’d invited Mr W and my best friend Ms C along to the event so we got to try lots of gin between the 3 of us instead of me attempting to get alcohol poisoning alone..
The gin tasting was very well thought out, every gin came with it’s perfect pairing from trying sloe gins neat to gin with grapefruit or even basil! Mr W said that it was very posh considering he is used to the hustle and bustle of beer festivals. Luckily this did not put him off. In fact we all enjoyed it more as you could hear each other speaking compared to some events.
My first try turned out to be the gin I purchased, the Pinkster gin. This gin was to be had with tonic, raspberries and mint. My oh my it is beautiful, so summery and not at all strong. I do love gin’s with a kick like the Blackwoods 60 (which Mr W tried for the first time at the event) but sometimes I prefer something a little lighter. It’s on par with the Botanist from Islay, but as that’s already on my shelf, I had to get something new plus gin and raspberry really works!
Another we tried and loved was the Langton’s gin. Ms C and I jumped to try this mainly due to the mountains on the bottle. Made with water from Skiddaw and paired wonderfully with lime and elderflower, this gin was beautiful. It’s definitely on the list for future gin shelf purchases!
Lastly another stand out gin was the Brockmans, this was to be paired with grapefruit and blueberries. I was also lucky enough to get to try it with Fever Tree’s Mediterranean tonic, with hints of rosemary and lemon it really brought out the flavours of the gin!
So all in all a wonderful event and I got to try some new gins that I hadn’t got round too (although there’s very few I haven’t now!)
Do you have a favourite gin?