I don’t know about anyone else, but my idea of heaven for a Friday night is gin, gin and more gin. I was recently lucky enough to attend a fantastic evening of tasting with independent gin brand, Slingsby.
Slingsby source all their ingredients apart from juniper (which they plan to grow themselves soon) from their base in Harrogate, using botanicals grown in Rudding Park, teas from Taylor’s of Harrogate, and distillation using Harrogate spring water. The gin really does taste excellent, and it’s a lovely story that they are so locally sourced.
The tasting took place at The Faversham in Leeds, which until Friday I thought was very much a student bar but it looks like it’s been recently renovated, and now has a brighter more grown up feel.
The evening started with a classic G&T using Slingsby London Dry, their signature gin. Needless to say, this didn’t last long. You could really tell the quality of the gin, it had a real crisp, fresh taste.
After this, we had the London Dry as a neat taster, coupled with a game terrine with a quince jelly and potato veloute. I didn’t get a picture of the veloute but it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten, a super soft creamy potato. The game terrine was so good I had two. The richness of the meat paired perfectly with the gin which really cut through the flavour.
Next up we enjoyed a cocktail of the London Dry, with elderflower liquer, lemon, tonic water and garnished with dill and some black pepper. Herin lies the problem of trying to blog a gin event – getting tipsy and forgetting to take pictures of the actual drinks!!
After this we tried the Navy Strenth gin. Slingsbys explained that it was made at 100% proof (which works out at around 57% ABV), so that if it rolled into the gunpowder on board navy ships, the gunpowder would still be flammable. I’ve honestly never tasted gin so strong, I could barely handle the neat serving. Fortunately this was then served in a ‘Sbagliato Negroni’ , a bit like a negroni but topped off with Prosecco, which made it infinitely more drinkable!
We finished off with my favourite of the night – rhubarb gin! This was absolutely gorgeous, so well balanced in flavour. It was sweet without being overpowering, perfumed without catching in the throat. This was served with dessert which included little balls of apple crumble. The gin went so well with these, it really was like an apple and rhubarb crumble! We then enjoyed a rhubarb gin Bellini style cocktail with a rhubarb Bon Bon at the bottom. So. Good.
It was a great evening, and if you’re a fan of gins looking for something new I’d really recommend trying Slingsby. My only regret is not taking more pictures of the actual cocktails! All of the gins we had were gorgeous though and you could really taste the quality of the botanicals. I’m definitely now a convert to rhubarb gin!