Gloucester Gin Festival
Last Friday night I spent the evening doing something that I thoroughly enjoy – drinking gin. But this wasn’t the usual couple of G&Ts on the sofa catching up with some TV, this was with the choice of over 100 gins at Gin Festival in Gloucester. I wrote a review for Gin Festival which you can read here and find out what the evening was like. I had an amazing time, and even Rich has become a convert to gin. However, Gin Festival has spoilt me….
Choice of gin
There were over 100 different types of gin available at Gin Festival. Each one was different. There were fruity gins, spiced gins, flowery gins. There was a gin that tasted of chocolate! You couldn’t fail to find something that would appeal. Now, back at home, I am lucky if there are four different types to choose from. Before Gin Festival (which I will now abbreviate to BGF) having a choice of gin (other than sloe gin) seemed so decadent! Now, the choice just isn’t enough….
Choice of tonic or mixer
Fever-Tree provided the tonics and mixers for Gin Festival, and they are pretty much as good as you are going to get. There was also the choice of 7 different tonics and mixers. I can’t even get all of those (probably) if I go to the supermarket. My half-full bottle of Indian Tonic water, sat in the fridge and losing its fizz fills me with disappointment.
Quite often I would drink my G&T without a slice at home due to lack of lemons or limes. BGF, if I went to the pub and I was asked if I wanted a slice of lemon or lime in my G&T then it was a happy day indeed, and I would make a mental-note to return to this particular pub. A seasoned gin connoisseur knows that every gin has its own recommended garnish. I was also shown just how much this makes a difference to your gin at Gin Festival. The vast array of garnishes at Gin Festival really had to be seen to be believed. Some were garnished with lemon or lime, but there was also pink grapefruit, orange, rosemary, blueberries, basil, apple, lavender and bell peppers to name but a few. Each gin had a little bowl next to it containing its recommended garnish. I will never have that BGF excitement at being asked if I would like a slice of lime in my G&T again…..
Chatting about gin
When you really love something, it so nice to be in the company of others who share your passion. Gin Festival had knowledgeable staff who were happy to chat about the different gins and make suggestions for what to try next. Even when you were enjoying your gin there were lots of other fellow gin-lovers to talk to and compare notes about the gins that you had each tried. Since Gin Festival, I have now become a gin bore. I have forgotten that other people might not share the same love of gin as I do as I wax lyrical about “this amazing gin that I tried at the weekend”.
So has all this put me off Gin Festival? Of course not!! I cannot wait for another opportunity to spend the evening in the company of fellow gin-lovers enjoying what we love best – drinking gin. And if you are wondering if you should give Gin Festival a go, here is a helpful flow-diagram to help you decide…