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Hey, I'm Steve the Barman and I've been Bartending since 1995. I'm all about FUN. So I'm not here to show you classic Cocktails. I'm here to give you Fun Inspiration so you can impress friends and family at home! 

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Gin Tasting Nights – How do they work?

My Gin Tasting Nights are unique. Yeah, I know, everyone thinks that. Everyone says that! But mine really are! Here’s why…


While I do favour and work closely with some brands. (Halewoods for example…I use a lot of Dead Mans Fingers Spiced Rum, I use a lot of Lamb & Watt Tonics. I use a lot of JJ Whitley and Whitley Neill Gins in my Cocktail Masterclasses and All-Inclusive Parties). I actually refuse to favour ANY brand in my Gin Tasting Nights.

I’ve been asked to work with a load. To take on and do Gin Tasting Nights for them. And while I’m happy to take them on and entertain a crowd. I will not take them on if a client is paying me for a private night.


IMPORTANT;

For my Gin Tasting Nights, Every Participant needs to have a seat at a Table with room for an A4 Tasting Sheet in front of them.



Why?


Because I love to be impartial.


I love to share behind the scenes stories. I love to share the realities. And while that’s not slating any specific Gin, I will not and refuse to give any bias in my tastings. After all, you’re not paying me to tell you what to like. You’re paying me to find out for yourself what you like. I could stand there for 4 hours and tell you that Gordons Gin is terrible. But if Gordons Gin is your favourite Gin, you’re going to think I’m a right prat! So absolutely no bias comes into it at all.


Gin Tasting Night at your Home
Gin Tasting Night at your Home

History

After a welcome Gin and Tonic, I give you a little bit of History surrounding Gin. Impart some of my worldly wisdom. Talk you through some day to day phrases that Gin is responsible for. Briefly Talk you through how Gin is made. And bust some myths. You know the ones. “Gin makes me Cry!” No matter how much you argue with me…it really doesn’t!! 😉


After about 30 mins…I say 20, but I like to waffle and I always get loads of questions…we dive into a bit of tasting. And we always start off with Tonic Waters.


Now it’s worth pointing out that everything in the tasting is always blind. You have no idea what you’re tasting until afterwards. I work like this, again, because I don’t want anything to influence you. I want to see if that lovely Blue Bottle you’ve been drinking for the last 15 years, IS actually your favourite. I want to find out if you do really believe Fever Tree is the best Tonic, or actually, when it comes down to it, you prefer a Supermarket Brand.


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Tonic Tasting

So, we start off with the Tonic Water tasting. Because it’s probably the most vital thing of a Gin and Tonic. You’re going to get a good 100/150ml of Tonic in your Drink, so it stands to reason that you need to like ¾ of your drink!!


I used to do 8 Tonics in the Tasting, but in all honesty, it was a bit too much and after 50+ tastings, I could pick the results every single time. Now I’ve not whittled it down to 4 Indian Tonics. All you have to do in this bit, is find your favourite. We do play a little game of find the Fever Tree, but it really doesn’t matter, as I just want you to find the one Tonic you really love. I’m not going to give you the results, but its fair to say I carry a lot more of 2 of the Tonics, than the other 2. Because in the next part we get on to the Gin Tasting…and obviously for a lot of you, we do need Tonic Water to taste the Gins!

So, with your preferred Tonic water found, we now move on to the Gin.