City of London Distillery Ltd.
The inaugural event in the City of London Distillery’s Gin Lab, on Thursday 5th December 2013, was a Christmas Gin-Making Competition for the Compass Buying Team. Having been spilt up into small groups, each took up the challenge of distilling their own bottle of gin. The novice distillers started by learning about the process of making gin and then exploring the wide variety of natural botanicals in the Gin Lab. With guidance from Jonathan Clark, the Master Distiller, they then designed their own gin recipe – choosing the flavours they all liked and thought would work together. Then after carefully weighing out their chosen ingredients, it was into the Gin Lab to distill their gin on one of the seven mini-stills. Jonathan knows that no two stills will perform the same, so to help with tracking, he’s named them; Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful Sneezy & Dopey. He says he can see their personalities are showing through already. Once the gin had been bottled, Jonathan and Nick Rodgers of the Instil Drink Company, who was hosting the Christmas celebration, took on the serious job of judging which of the seven offerings tasted the best. The prize went to a gin that reflected the festive season; being heavily loaded with the flavours of Christmas – cinnamon, nutmeg and cassia bark. The festivities continued into the evening with cocktails in the COLD-bar. This new twist on team-building was well received and everyone went home happily clutching a bottle of their very own, bespoke, artisan gin.
The Gin Lab is in the City of London Distillery, 22-24 Bride Lane, London, EC4Y 8DT and runs distilling classes all-year-round for individuals and groups. No prior distilling experience needed!
Contact Jonathan Clark on 02079-363636/ email@example.com, check out the website City of London Distillery and follow on Twitter: @coldistillery
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