Rum Ho went off with a blast

Ahoy mates, last week we presented Rum Ho – another drinks tasting for spirited amateurs. Starting with a classic daiquiri served up by the Hoxton bar crew, and finished with a rum grog made by the guests themselves we fitted a 5 rum tasting in between.

The air was thick with swarthy questions and cask strength badinage, plus the sheer volume of knowledge from ‘Professor Rum’ Roger Barnes  was enough to captivate event the most mutinous crew

The Hoxton summed up the event very well on their blog – check it out.

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Top presenter signed up for RUM HO

I am absolutely delighted to announce Roger Barnes as the presenter for the next Drinks Galore event RUM HO {Tickets here}

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Roger is THE MAN on rum – ask any barman and his name comes up first.

A renowned rum enthusiast across Europe with 20 years’ experience, what he doesn’t know about rum … well, he just knows everything. Rightly respected by many industry professionals ranging from brand owners to bartenders, brand ambassadors and rum distributors, he even sits on the UK Panel for previewing, tasting and judging rums.

Naturally a man this suave is also president of the London Cigar Aficionados, where he puts on cigar and rum tasting events to the discerning members.

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing his passion and knowledge for this spirit a few times now and I can’t wait to share this with you.

Get your tickets for RUM HO here.

New Event Announcement – RUM HO

We asked what you wanted us to pour after whisky and gin … and you said RUM.

Find out more and book tickets here

Building on the successful format of our Hoxton Hotel barman previous events we’ll be tasting a range of incredible rums neat to show you the distinctions and peculiarities of each offering. Bringing the night together will be your friendly expert guide to tell the story of the spirit and help you get the most from it, and all in the sumptuous surrounds of The Hoxton Hotel.

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You can see a short video from our last  event here

Event Summary – #2 GIN BLOSSOMING

Cracking night. Total re-education on #gin #DrinksGalore (@PepePettigrew)

  • When: 6th June 2014
  • Where: The Hoxton Hotel
  • Spirit: Gin
  • Host: Mark Thompson

Our second event and maybe even more fun than the first – great crowd of 42 imbibers matched to a perfect selection of gins, to show the evolution of this fine spirit, topped off by a Gin and Tonic master class – in a very very aromatic with all the Basil and Lemon Thyme on display. Film coming soon. Check the Facebook gallery meantime!

We kicked things off with a classic Gin Punch:  4 parts Plymouth Gin, 2.5 parts Earl Grey tea, 2.5 parts cloudy apple, 2 parts lemon juice,  1 part sugar syrup,  Clove and cardamom to taste finish with a dash of bitters. This got us all in the mood for, well, more gin …

On to the tasting:

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  • #1 Zuidam Rogge Genever – a rye genever, a little like a whisky which nicely connected us back to the first Drinks Galore event
  • #2 Hayman’s Old Tom – wonderful flavour from this classic Victorian Gin. Mark T suggested this would make the perfect Martini
  • #3 Langley’s No8 London Dry – Their botanicals are secret, but we had fun guessing what they might be
  • #4 Dodd’s Gin London Dry – A great gin to compare to Langley’s to show how London Drys can be quite different. You really need to own both!

Katie then brought out ice, limes, lemons and grapefruit peel and of course a glass full of ice and more Dodd’s Gin, and Mark T showed us how to choose fruits and herbs to make the perfect G and T – it was a lot of fun sharing the herbs around the room and sampling each other’s serve. Mark T explained that since tonic makes up most of the liquid in a G and T it’s important to choose the very best, so of course we served up Fever-Tree, being naturally carbonated it tasted very different to other tonic water, more subtle and it let the flavours of the gin come through.

I went around the room after to see which gins people liked the most  and it was a real mixed bag, everyone had their own favourite from the genever onwards and I know quite a few people will have been showing off their G and T skills with a new found respect gin.

With 100% of the attendees rating it Excellent or Very Good and 100% “extremely likely” to recommend it to others, I am very proud indeed.

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Awesome night @markofrespect well done. Fantastically presented in great surroundings with great people. We’re both coming to next one  (@Whiskywingsuit)

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Hats off to @markofrespect for #drinksgalore. Great night of gin gin and gin. (@DFergPR)

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Thanks to Mark T for another great night and Katie for ginning us up. Special thanks to Hannah from The Hoxton Hotel for providing us with the space, promotion and food on the night, and for believing in the concept from the early days.

Guest Event Summary – Gin Blossoming

I thought a G&T was two liquids binding in a glass with ice and optional garnish. Oh how I was wrong…

Thanks to Katie McCullough, guest at GIN BLOSSOMING for this Guest Event Summary:

It’s safe to say, I’m a gin drinker. By that I mean a gin & tonic is my go-to drink when ever anyone asks, preferably with lime. I thought a G&T was two liquids binding in a glass with ice and optional garnish. Oh how I was wrong…

This was the second Drinks Galore event I’d been to. The first one, Whisky I Love You, left me with nuggets of information and a slither of knowledge were I to order a whisky. When the announcement came that the second spirit was to be gin, well I booked straight away and gathered some friends to come with.

What I love about the Drinks Galore events are that they’re casual and relaxed.

I don’t profess to know a lot about alcohol except how to put it in my mouth and swallow, but I’ve also never been that enamoured by the idea of a wine-tasting. So to have an event like this exist where it’s more about the atmosphere and the time spent getting to know the spirits, means you’re instantly put at ease. To be honest that’s definitely helped by the fact you start the night in what feels like someone’s kitchen, a complimentary gin cocktail made before you fresh, with pockets of people chatting. The Hoxton Hotel may be busy in the foyer, but where we are feels like a few drinks away from the hustle and bustle. A civilised affair where it’s not about who you’re wearing and where you work, but what you’re drinking.

Then you’re led into what feels like someone’s living room where snifters of gin are laid out for each and everyone of us, and it would be rude not to partake…

Mark Thomson, the spirit expert, leads us through the tumbling troubled history of gin with his tales of Fleming, tonic, botanicals, and the origins of the moniker ‘Mother’s Ruin’. With a constant stream of knowledge delivered in a friendly funny way, you never feel like you’re being bombarded. Just like the gin in hand, you imbibe the wisdom like it’s the best history and science lesson you’ve ever had/drunk. Drinking gin neat was admittedly a little frightening. But once you smell, sip, appreciate the spirit neat, only then can you marvel at the differences. My own favourite was Hayman’s Old Tom, a gin that captures the essence of gin distillery from the 1800s, but without the badness that we’ve all heard about. Fresh, soft, citrus… This is a gin I would happily drink neat in a glass toppled with ice.

Our last drink of the night was served to us somewhat dissected. Presented with the ingredients of gin supplied by Dodds, and tonic by Fever-Tree, we were invited to create our own G&T. With spruces of lemon thyme, rinds of citrus, and bay leaves dotted around, we all got to creating. My personal and extremely beautiful tasting creation was lemon thyme, bay leaf and grapefruit rind.

I entered the room knowing how to ask for a G&T, I left the room knowing that’s never going to be as simple or good enough anymore. But I’ve got the knowledge to change that. There’s gin, and then there’s a world of gin you’ve not yet tried. I cannot wait for the next spirit of choice, next time I’m bringing more friends.

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New Event Announcement – GIN BLOSSOMING

Do you like Gin?

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Of course you do

In that case you’ll like my next Drinks Galore tasting event … GIN BLOSSOMING

Find out more and book tickets here

We all drink it but how much do we really know about this fine spirit? Come and join me and a good crowd as we get merry and learn more, in the perfect surrounds of the Hoxton Hotel’s private rooms.

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You can see a short video from our launch event here