With the UK’s gin renaissance exhibiting no indicators of abating, one London-based company is launching pop-up excursions in Leeds and Newcastle, and hopes to create the same expertise in Singapore.
Gin Journey excursions are each an training within the cities’ bar scenes and in British craft gins, in addition to the drink’s broader historical past. ‘We like to use local produce and gins that are linked into the history of the spirit,’ says ‘Gin Boss’ Leon Dalloway.
The excursions embrace 5 bar stops with a gin taster and gin-based cocktail at every venue. Participants additionally study every metropolis’s wider drinks heritage: in Leeds, this consists of the story of native luminary Joseph Priestley, the 18th-century chemist and founding father of soppy drinks – he found carbonation and, unintentionally, soda water.
The Leeds excursions will initially run each Saturday in March, that includes bars recognized for his or her mixologists. First cease is the Hedonist Project, a bar that sheds its pores and skin and fully adjustments idea each three months. Here Gin Journey members will style Bathtub Gin, an award-winning spirit produced utilizing a standard methodology of chilly compounding. Next up is Pintura, a high-end Basque tapas bar and cocktail den the place members can seize some tapas with their tasting, adopted by posh rooftop bar The Alchemist, providing Masons gin from Yorkshire. The penultimate cease is the Maven, an not easily seen consuming den reverse Leeds’ placing 19th-century Corn Exchange. ‘They do an amazing Instagram-crazy cucumber, elderflower and mint gin cocktail that hopefully will feature,’ says Leon. The tasting right here will likely be Portobello Road Gin, produced in London’s Notting Hill by Jake Burger – the proprietor of Jake’s Bar & Still Room in Leeds. The final cease is Domino, a prohibition-style underground jazz membership accessed through a pretend barber’s shopfront in considered one of Leeds’ Victorian purchasing arcades.
Gin Journey excursions are already established in London, Manchester and Liverpool, operating some weeknights and each Saturday. Rather than have friends wobble between venues, the company whisks you round in its personal ‘gin bus’. The pop-up Leeds tour has already proved so well-liked, with one immediate sell-out, that the excursions will run once more from mid-April till the tip of June, with a view to creating them everlasting. Newcastle might comply with, and subsequent on the agenda is Singapore, a vacation spot that Leon says has ‘an incredible bar scene’ with a number of entries within the World’s Top 50 Bars listing in 2017. ‘The Raffles Long Bar is where the Singapore Sling was created – it’s one of many nice gin cocktails. I wish to do a Singapore Gin Journey with Singapore Slings’ he says.
By Lorna Parkes