The event was held at The Faversham in Leeds, which is a pub I've never been to.but is only around 20 minutes away from my office. As well as plenty of Slingsby Gin, I was also promised canapes and a cheeseboard, which meant I'd be getting all mt favourite things.
I never used to like gin, but over the last eight years, I've really developed a taste for it, which has developed into a slight obsession with finding the perfect gin. While I've tried some gorgeous ones over the years, I have to say that Slingsby gin is one of the best I've drank. This meant that the night was a huge hit and I am now eyeing up a bottle for Christmas.
We were greeted by some representatives from The Spirit of Harrogate who handed us their signature serve, which is a large glass of gin and premium tonic that is garnished with pink grapefruit and blueberries. This is probably the best G&T I've ever had and luckily, they had prepared for 60 people at the event but only 30 to 40 came so Jess and I got to drink three of these bad boys.
We were told a bit about the gin, namely that it is distilled in a special way that makes it incredibly pure. Not only does this result in a superior taste, it also means you don't get a hangover - something I can confirm to be true. The gin itself had a really lovely fresh taste with plenty of juniper notes, which I really enjoyed.
As much as I would like to be able to tell you what was in each cocktail, as we had two or three of each, things started to get a bit hazy - the hosts and the guys working for the restaurant seemed to like our table so kept coming over for chats and brought more drinks with them when they did.
I do know that as well as the signature Signature gin from Slingsby, we tried the navy-strength gn, which lived up to its name, and the rhubarb gin, which was amazing. The rhubarb gin was also served with a ball of steamed apple topped with crumble to make it taste like you were eating apple crumble when you combined it with the cocktail. As I have a sweet tooth, I was all over that.
All in all, the event lasted a couple of hours and was well worth it. We got a little goody bag to take away with us, which included some information on The Faversham's up=/-and-coming menus - they change them regularly based on seasonal produce - and gin experiences hosted by The Spirit of Harrogate, which I really want to go and try with some fellow gin lovers. Our bags also included a special mulling mix for wine and a candy cane, which was just the icing on the cake.
Not only would I recommend Slingsby Gin to those that love a tipple, but you should definitely head to The Faversham for a meal or a drink, as it is such a lovely place and the staff are brilliant.