Sip & Savour - A mini gin festival to celebrate local distilleries
Updated: Apr 4, 2019
Our first mini gin festival celebrating local distilleries at Langley's in Surbiton was a great success! The event was hosted by myself Cara @ginandinteriors and Sarah @ginwithsarahb. We were very fortunate to have 6 distilleries exhibiting their craft gin. Read on to find out more about the night...
At 7.30pm the doors opened and the glamorous crowd entered the beautiful setting of Langley's bar. Welcome drinks were served with Brighton gin and Merchants Heart tonic complete with a slice of orange and a sprinkling of coriander seeds.
Some snaps of the night...
First up for some sampling was Blackdown Distillery who pride themselves in using only natural botanicals including Silver Birch sap. Their range that includes a London dry, Old Tom, Tea and Sage gin all proved extremely popular. @blackdowndistillery
Bloody Bens from Earlsfield were exhibiting too. Ben the owner proudly explained how the gin was inspired by his holidays to Mallorca. With key botanicals honey and orange this gin creates the perfect Negroni as well as a sipping gin. @bloodybens
Next up Cabin Pressure who produce their Vacuum Distilled gin at a lower temperature to help retain an exceptional depth of flavour. The lovely husband and wife team are based in Horsham West Sussex and take immense pride in their Nano-Still that has a capacity of 2 litres. Which is probably the smallest commercial gin operation known. @cabinpressurespirits
Greensand Ridge had a wonderful stand too with a fine selection of samples including a London Dry, Cask Aged and Rye Cask gin. They are a carbon-neutral micro-distillery, one of the first in the UK. They are extremely passionate about minimising their carbon footprint using renewable energy and food waste handling. I sampled their Raspberry Ghost gin which was delicious! @greensand_ridge
Next up was Haymans. Daryl and Sarah were exceptional hosts and were pouring samples of their London Dry, Old Tom and the very popular Sloe gin. The distillery dates back to 1863 and now resides in Balham complete with 3 hard working stills Marjorie, Karin and Miranda.@haymansgin
Last but not least were Thames Ditton gin. Tim, Bede and Gavin were showcasing their traditional London dry gin comprising of the botanicals; blood orange, lemon thyme and costmary. Sales went extremely well so much so they had to dash out to restock! @thamesdittongin
A huge thanks goes to Merchant Heart for supplying the tonics for the evening. Guests also took away two complimentary bottles of @merchantsheart in their goody bags complete with a Gin Magazine, a Boutique-y gin dram, The Gin Club and 31Dover discount code all tucked away in a stylish tote donated by the lovely Ruth @ginandyin who host events and retreats. Visit Gin and Yin Retreats for more info.
As the canapes and samples were flowing Sarah and I drew the numbers for the prize draw to win 3 bottles of Sipsmith gin; London Dry, Lemon Drizzle and Sloe gin.
Some more snaps of the night...
Finally thank you to Davina Askew for taking the pictures. Here's to a great evening! Cheers!