Gin is booming in the UK! The until-recently dated spirit is back in full force and not only brought the gin itself with it but also a host of activities. Give your Gin Lovers more than just a bottle of Gordon’s and a six pack of Schweppes tonic. Show them you love them by giving them a Gin Experience!
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Does your giftee love a cold G&T but isn’t aware of the complexities that quality crafted gin evoke? Then it would be a good idea to further their admiration of the spirit with some new gins to taste. You can do this in one go with an event, more gradually with a discovery subscription or with a tasting set:
Tickets to one of the Gin Festivals traveling around the UK would be much appreciated. With over 100 gins at some events, your giftee will get a true crash course… and hopefully not crash into anything afterwards.
A discovery membership with the Craft Gin Club opens up your giftee to the diverse and rapidly growing world of gins made by independent distillers. No mass-produced spirits here!
The best way for your giftee to learn about gin without actually starting by drinking is to take a distillery tour or an educational introduction to gin.
Shake, Rattle and Stir offers a variety of gin-based tours in London such as the Gin Journey that give participants a detailed history of the spirit before plunging into the tastings and cocktails
The Ginstitute at the Portobello Star takes participants through the history of gin in a Victorian gin palace setting that doubles as a museum full of gin artifacts.
MAKING YOUR OWN
If you’re giftee loves gin enormously and thinks they would have a knack for choosing their own perfect botanical blend, why not help them make their own gin? You have two choices; either give them a homemade gin set or set them up with a distillery that will make their personalized gin for them. Here are some options:
The Artisan Gin Maker’s Kit comes with a bottle of vodka and botanicals (primarily juniper of course!) Try it once and you’ll never have to worry about a gin shortage again. In fact, you may be able to become your own “distiller” just buy choosing different botanicals than the kit and buying another bottle of vodka.
Have a distiller make your gin
A number of distillers have begun offering their stills up to the whims of gin lovers so that they can make their own personalized bottles. A few we know are the Cambridge Distillery, City of London Distillery, and the 45 West Distillery near Leicester which provided the Craft Gin Club's November Gin of the Month, Burleigh's.