February: Beefeater Distillery Tour

We pulled out all the stops for the end of February and managed to secure a private distillery tour of the Beefeater distillery near the Oval cricket ground. Arriving on a beautiful day in the sunshine, we assembled in the distillery with master distiller Desmond Payne and brand ambassador Tim Stones to begin our tour. We went through the journey of the gin as it passes through the distillery, from the vats that hold the grain neutral spirit (GNS), to the rooms full of botanicals (they smelt amazing), and the still where the gin is distilled. It was a fantastic tour, especially as we had Desmond on hand to show us around and impart some of his wealth of gin distilling knowledge. We were then very lucky to have some time in their amazing bar (if I won the lottery my living room would be modeled on it!), where Tim made us some Beefeater cocktails. It was a brilliant day, combining gin geekery with cocktail loveliness. If you didn’t make it along keep an eye out as we’re hoping to arrange further tours in the...
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February: Four Roses at Shaker & Co

Shaker & Co, a fairly new bar in Euston has a wonderful basement which is given over to different brands every month. In February it was the turn of Four Roses to make their space their own. Cue a speakeasy style bourbon den complete with crates and hay bales and prohibition style cocktails. Brand Ambassador Dan Priseman was on hand to talk us through the history of bourbon and what happened to production during, and after prohibition. Whilst the Four Roses story was evident throughout, what was brilliant was that Dan talked us through the Bourbon story in general imparting some of his vast knowledge of the spirit category. One of our members Sarah has written a brilliant blog about the evening which is well worth a read:...
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