Bury St Edmunds Gin Club - Gin tasting Evening
This week I took great pleasure in attending a gin tasting evening run by the very new Bury St Edmunds Gin Club and it was such a great and informative night for gin connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike. Held at Gourmet Goods on St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds, and run by Donna Edwards, a self-confessed gin fanatic.
Gourmet Good run by David Edwards and his wife, Donna, is your go to place for hampers, fine foods, gifts and most importantly gin and other spirits! They stock over 50 gins to choose from focusing on local gins and any great tasting gins that you don't find in the traditional supermarkets from Carpenter's Gin from Ipswich, Sibling Gin from Cheltenham, St Giles Gin and Bullards Gin from Norwich, all the way up to Persie Gin from Perthshire, Scotland. Every gin stocked is personally tried and tested before they hit the shelves so that what they are selling is to a quality they are happy with.
If you are looking to gift a hamper and you can find yourself in the area, i would definitely pop your head in to the store. You will be able to create a unique and personal hamper for any occasion, all chock full of fine food and drink ranging from biscuits, crisps and popcorn to breads, pastas, oils and vinegars - and not forgetting that vast gin collection. As well as gin, you can also buy other sprits including whiskeys, rums and vodkas. They even sell Pinkster, Gin Jam and Boozy Berries - I think i've read a blog about that somewhere...
Anyway, lets talk about the gin tasting!
We began the night by learning about the history gin, Donna did a great job of condensing down a huge amount of information to the main facts and provided us a booklet if we wanted to read about the history in more depth! We then started the tasting, throughout the evening we followed the 4 S's: See, Smell, Sip and Savour for 6 very different gins.
6 O'Clock London Dry Gin - 43% ABV
Starting with 6 O'Clock London Dry Gin distilled by Bramley & Gage in Thornbury, Gloucestershire. We started with this as it was a great example of a London Dry Gin. A juniper forward gin with other botanicals including coriander, orange peel and elderflower.
Brighton Gin - 40% ABV
This was one of my favourites on the night, it's really smooth to drink, and you can really smell and taste the circus. Created using a 100% British organic wheat spited distilled with botanicals such as juniper, fresh orange and lime peel, locally grown coriander seed and milk thistle.
St George Terroir Gin - 45% ABV
St George Terroir Gin from California was such a nice gin to taste. This was much smooth than i was expecting at 45% ABV. This herby gin really make you think of the forests using Douglas Fir as one of the botanicals. We were lucky Donna shared this one with us as it's her favourite at the moment, and now one of mine!
6 O'Clock Gin - Brunel Edition - 50% ABV
This one certainly packed a punch. 6 O'Clock Brunel Edition takes the original 6 O'Clock Gin and gets distilled again with more juniper alongside 6 additional botanicals to create this "Exquisitely Engineered" gin.
Persie - Sweet and Nutty Old Tom - 43% ABV
I had tried this one before the tasting night, but with the tonic I mixed it with, I found it much too sweet. But trying it neat made me see it in a whole different light, and I will definitely be digging it back out of the gin cupboard. This gin uses vanilla and almonds to give it this delicious sweet smell and almost creamy taste.
Sibling Autumn Edition Gin - 43% ABV
Last but not least - in fact it was the favourite across the 6 of us at the tasting night. This beautifully sweet gin is infused with fresh apples, blackberries with a hint of cardamon. This was delicious to drink on it's own but if you wanted to mix, Sibling say to try it with a Sparkling Apple. I think i might just do that!
I really did have a brilliant night, I learnt lots and can't wait for the next one!
If you live in the Bury St Edmunds area, and a partial to a gin, I would definitely recommend attending on one of these nights, or another event the club. Visit their website to see when the next events are, they already have dates set for November, December and January. The club also have a page on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so check it out, and I’ll see you there!