There is only one way to truly celebrate World Gin Day and that’s with a Gin Festival! Dunstane owner, Shirley and Hotel Manager, Samantha took a trip to Summerhall in Edinburgh, to rub shoulders with gin-aficionados and some of the top Gin experts in the country.
Scottish Juniper Festival 2015
Hosted by Solid Liquids, this is the second year the Festival has arrived on our doorstep and we love it! On arrival people were handed a list of all the gins on display and I’m sure the phrase “challenge accepted” was uttered by more than a few attendees! It’s a fantastic line-up celebrating World Gin Day, spread across two rooms round a courtyard filled with food stands, gin bars and even a giant Hendricks bus!
Jack Rudy cocktail company gave a brilliant display showing how adding tonic cordial, instead of traditional tonic water, and adding the sparkle afterwards can add a fresh twist to the classic G&T – every bartenders dream! A talk by Daffy’s Gin at #GinTime with Lady Gin was a great Q&A session with gin producers including Edinburgh Gin, Hendricks and Eden Mill. Enough talking, more tasting needed so the group went on a Secret Garden hunt and found it! The 56th North Tanqueray Secret Gin Garden was a huge hit at the Fringe in 2014 and is back again this year, we’d highly recommend checking it out before it disappears again…!
Back to the Juniper Festival and the next gin to taste was from a distillery that is closer to Norway than it is to London – Blackwoods Gin from the most northerly Shetland Island. When served with rose lemonade it creates such a delicious drink, you must try it. Pickering’s Gin is one of the newest additions to the Gin selection in the Stane Bar, right here at the Dunstane! We even have the guys from Pickering’s popping down this week to give the team a quick lesson on how to create the perfect serve. It wasn’t just gin on display though, Valentina Wines were offering Spanish gin alongside gorgeous Seville chocolate and some fab sunglasses!
Gin @ The Dunstane
There are so many highlights from the event and I’d write about every gin company if I could, but you have to draw the line somewhere. If you’re a follower of #GinOClock and love having a Gin in hand after work when the clock hits 6pm, The Stane Bar is currently offer 15 different Gins, including some of those mentioned above. We also stock the amazing Fever Tree Tonic, so we hope to see you soon and you can taste what the #TeamDunstane learn with Pickering’s later this week!