Gin Fest @ The Botanist, Birmingham

IMG_3068Gin and tonic, gin cocktails, mulled gin, gin chocolates-its fair to say that gin is getting a lot of love right now and I’m all about the gin love. So when The Botanist started promoting their Ginuary series of events, I was in.

The Botanist is a bar/restaurant based on Temple Street, serving a mix of deli boards, comfort food, barbecued meats and an extensive drinks menu that has something for everyone. I’ve eaten here a few times but it was our first time in the basement bar and private dining area, The Plant Rooms. Think underground botanical vibes, plants, wood-its a cool space.

I thought it would be a good event to check out before heading somewhere else for a drink, but how wrong was I? We ended up sampling some really good gin from 7 suppliers, finding out all the ins and outs of each gin and stayed until closing, chatting to some lovely people we’d met. A top night.

We started the night, sampling Sipsmith who set up London’s first traditional copper distillery since 1820, in 2009. The results? Hand-crafted small batches of gin. We tried the classic London Dry Gin, perfect for a G&T; the V.J.O.P which was bursting with juniper; Sloe Gin and Sipping Vodka.

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My favourite had to be the Sloe Gin as I loved the freshness of it and the idea of creating this myself one day, which probably won’t be soon, because life! We tried it warmed up and it was pretty special and would be a great alternative to mulled wine which can sometimes be a bit too sweet.

IMG_2743We then moved on to Masons Yorkshire Gin, made in Yorkshire and produced in 70cl bottles bearing hand written batch and bottle numbers. The first time I tried Masons Yorkshire Gin was at The Chocolate Quarter when I tasted their gin infused chocolates which were incredible FYI.

IMG_2748.JPGWe sampled the Masons Dry Yorkshire Gin, Masons Lavendar Gin and Masons Yorkshire Tea Gin . Yep, you heard me, gin infused with Yorkshire tea- the dream. So creamy and different that I had to buy a bottle a few days ago.IMG_2749We then sampled Martin Miller’s which is made using Icelandic water. We tried a cocktail with strawberries and black pepper which was pretty damn good. I was initially put off by the pepper but it definitely  gave it an edge which I loved.

IMG_2751We then sampled Portobello Road

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And Whitley Neill

IMG_3073.PNGAll the gins were really, really good and it was brilliant to be able to taste such a range of gins at once to compare/contrast and of course, get ideas for my own drinks when I’m feeling like shaking my cocktail maker…

The Gin Fest was a brilliant evening and I’ll definitely be going along to more events at The Botanist and so should you! Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter to see what’s coming next.

The Botanist can be found at 14-16 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BG.

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