After months months of planning and promoting the big night was finally here! As self-confessed Gin addicts, we could think of nothing better than filling The Dunstane town house and Stroma Lounge with some of our favourite distillers and introduce you to the wonderful world of the G&T. So here’s what happens when the Dunstane Does…Gin O’Clock!
Bring in the Gin
Our suppliers were here sharp to start setting up, each were given their own area to showcase what they offer. We had representatives from Arbikie Gin, The Gin Bothy, Daffy’s Gin, Darnley’s View, Valentia Gin, (Minus)-33 as well as a fully stocked Dunstane bar with Edinburgh Gin, Botanist, NB, Makar to name a few. People always use the phrase “something for everyone” but in this case it was true! We saw people who came in saying “I don’t like Gin, I’m just here to support you” (which is lovely to hear) walking out the door with a sneaky bottle or two….mission accomplished, successful conversions to G&T Lover!
Who knew there was so much to know about distilling Gin and the number of ways you can serve it. For example, Arbikie Ginhas a traditional Juniper base with three traditional botanicals, all found growing in the Angus area – kelp, carline thistle and blaeberrys. Arbikie then split from tradition and use a potato vodka, rather than a neutral spirit base, which gives a distinctive taste and incredibly smooth finish. In comparison, Daffy’s Gin use the finest French grain spirit and infuse with Lebanese mint and top quality botanicals. Considering the way the seasons are changing at the moment it’s not surprising that The Gin Bothy’s Infused Mulled Gin was a hit. Handmade in small batches, nestled in the Glens of Angus, it is infused with cinnamon, cloves, mixed spice and sugar and goes brilliantly with ginger ale or served warm on a cold winter night. Guests learnt about how each Gin was made, how best to serve it and even treated to a few ideas for cocktails…a favourite of the night was adding a drop of Raspberry Gin to Prosecco!
Supporting The Scots
As a boutique hotel in Edinburgh, we know what it’s like being the little guy against well established brands. So we’re doing our part to support small Scottish distilleries and everyone who was displayed at our Festival can be found behind the bar in Skerries restaurant! So next time you’re in for dinner, make sure you have time for a wee drink before or after dinner and try each one at least once…