10 December 2014

Gin up!

Someone was doing their homework properly when I was invited to a gin distillery with Virgin Experience Days. A comprehensive tour complete with tastings - how could I say no to such a tantalising offer? Neither could my friends and self-proclaimed gin fiends, Maddy and Georgia, who I nominated to join me on this special trip into East London. Christmas had most definitely come early.

East London Liquor Company

East London Liquor Company certainly put the "gin" into a Virgin Experience Day (sorry, that was dreadful) by guiding liquor-lovers around their distillery, set in an old glue factory at Bow Wharf. The tour, led by founder and all-round spirit connoisseur Alex Wolport, took us through the distilling process, to bottling and labelling, and finally onto tasting the company's creations in a beautifully rustic bar, which, alongside the distillery's bottle shop, offers a choice of fine spirits from around the world. I thought it charming to meet somebody as greatly passionate as they are knowledgeable about their craft, and the finished products reflect as such.

Maddy Watkins, East London Liquor Company

For an afternoon in East London, it was a gin-lover's dream - although sipping neat gins at room temperature came with some reluctance, it has to be said! (Especially when Maddy went to compare a taster of Tanqueray No.10, and... well, her face says it all.) As the sky darkened outside and the tour came to an end, Maddy, Georgia and I grabbed the tonic and stayed on for a round of drinks. It was delightfully intimate sipping on delicious G&Ts and wearing our cosiest Christmas jumpers.

East London Liquor Company Georgia Scarr & Joseph Kent, East London Liquor Company East London Liquor Company Georgia Scarr & Maddy Watkins, East London Liquor Company East London Liquor Company Maddy Watkins, East London Liquor Company

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