What can I expect on the day
Let the spirits do the talking with a choice of gin tasting in London or whisky tasting! Whichever masterclass you decide on, it's going to be informative, fun, lighthearted, with a rather fine line up of bottles to work your way through.
Head tutor Julia certainly knows her stuff. She is very good at hosting these classes and keeps your attention throughout with her banter and lively presenting style. And when it comes to the spirits you'll be tasting, there's plenty of well-chosen gin and whisky to go round, with canapés too.
If you're rather partial to a G&T, you will love the gin masterclass. You'll discover some fascinating facts about these juniper based spirits, reaching right back to William of Orange who first made gin popular in the UK when it was known as the Dutch 'Jenever'. The French called it 'Genievre' and the Italians say it's 'Ginepo'…but we now know it simply as gin.
Not all gins are the same though. There is gin, distilled gin and London gin. Who'd have thought the capital was so intertwined with gin culture - and a high quality one at that, as to be classed at London Gin it must be at least 70% with no artificial ingredients, very low sugar content (hence what makes then very dry) and certainly no colour.
As for those of us who prefer the oaky smoked golden glow of a good whisky, these masterclasses will improve your knowledge no end. Simple questions we dare not ask are answered (such as why can it be whisky or whiskey?), some of the finest Irish tipples will be wheeled out for you to taste and you get to sample single malts and blended examples too. There's even a little stars and stripes flag-flying when you try American Bourbon.
So if you're a swish gin and tonic kind of person go gin tasting in London - the home of gin - or if you're more of an earthy whisky fan, do whisky tasting! This London venue in Greenwich is the perfect meeting place to get to know your spirits and meet fellow liqueur fans too. By the end of these masterclasses you'll know things like the fact that your botanicals are your natural flavourings and that ageing is key in great whisky production!
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