It is only really this year that we have started to drink more of and begun to appreciate gin. Stemming from visits Barcelona, Madrid and closer to home, Ginever gin Bar on Hope Street and a fantastic gin tasting night at Lunya. With our gin appetite well and truly whetted, we were eager to sample more gins and jumped at the chance to visit Gin Festival on its Liverpool stop at the Crypt in the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Gin Festival is a great touring event created by Jym and Marie Harris to share their love of gin. Since its inception they can boast that it is the biggest gin festival with gin from around the world.
The event works on a pre-ticketed basis, included in the ticket price is a gin goblet for you to sample as many gins as you can handle for £5 each via a token system. Also included is a a gin guide highlighting the different types of gins and garnishes.
Their are also a multitude of gin exhibitors, each showing off their own distilleries. Small samples can be tried and we lost count of the number of gins we tried before even moving to the gin bar!
The Masons dry Yorkshire tea gin was the best newcomer winner in 2015 and it was special with its unique tea notes which worked very well.
Onto the bar we scoured the gin book and decided on a couple of gins, first of which was the G'vine Floraison, hand crafted in France. This was served with raspberry and grapes.
Next was the Sikkim Fraise from Spain served with mint, this was full of juniper and summer berries.
The gin below is Thevethan Cornish gin from Cornwall. Served with orange and clove, it was quite a bold gin with a rounded orange spice.
The bars were separated into four sections by letters, this corresponded to the gins in the book to make ordering easier.
Gin Festival is highly recommended for both the casual gin drinker and for connoisseur alike with something for everyone. Check out their website for dates and cities, but be fast as tickets sell out quick!