Last weekend Fredrick Jackson spent a lazy summer afternoon at True North's Gin Festival, held at the Riverside; a cosy venue on the banks of Sheffield's river Don. Taking place in venues across the city, the festival brought us over 50 gins from across the globe, as well as on-hand gin experts to offer us guidance and advice.
We improved our knowledge while sipping on unique and unusual gins, all perfectly paired with Franklin & Sons tonic.
Here are three of our personal favourites-
1. Sheffield Dry Gin -
Of course, the first gin we sampled was True North's very own Sheffield Dry Gin. This is a small batch gin, distilled in a handmade copper still, and is the first gin to be produced in Sheffield for over 100 years. There's nods to the Steel City throughout- from the Sheffield honey used in the distilling process to the cheeky splash of Henderson's Relish added at the end. A selection of unusual botanicals such as fennel and cardamom give the gin it's dry character, which is balanced perfectly with the addition of grapefruit and lemon peel. We garnished ours with raspberries and blueberries for a fruity twist.
2. Pink Pepper -
Next, we sampled something from a little further afield. Pink pepper gin, distilled in France's Cognac region, is intensely aromatic with spicy notes and an interesting kick. It gets its name from the the pink peppercorns used in the unusual distilling process. Ingredients such as the botanicals, honey and vanilla are distilled separately, then blended together in the final stages of creation. Our gin experts recommended we garnish the Pink Pepper with lime and a twist of black pepper- this might be our new favourite.
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3. Martin Miller's Westbourne -
We concluded our gin tasting with Martin Miller's Westbourne. This is a well-travelled London dry gin, which is shipped to Iceland to be watered down with volcanic spring water before being bottled. It has been awarded with countless accolades, including 'World's Best Spirit', and it's easy to see why. Served with ice and a wedge of fresh lime, this gin proves that you can't get much better than a classic g&t. Cheers!
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