“Know your Hendricks from your Portobello Road”, was the opening gambit of my invite to The Warwick in Soho. I was to attend a gin mixology class but I had my reservations from the start.
Firstly it’s out of the borough.
Yeah, but it’s gin tasting.
Luckily I was able to reconcile that one with myself pretty quickly.
Secondly: but I don’t really need to learn how to mix gin.
I have managed to master that fine art myself.
Anyway, long story short, I was suckered into going to Soho to drink gin in a The Warwick’s newly refurbished bar which has a gin emporium.
Yes ladies and gentlemen, a gin emporium.
Actually, I didn’t really have any hesitation in going.
So what did I learn? Well truth be told there are a lot of decent gins out there which can be paired with all manner of crudities and herbs. For instance, when served with tonic (come on we’re not all alcoholics round here), a Portobello Road gin is pretty banging with a wedge of grapefruit.
However, if you were to choose a Berkeley Square gin with your tonic (notes of basil, kaffir lime leaves, lavender, and sage) a sprig of basil would be the optimum accoutrement to accompany your beverage. Hint: This one is smashing.
What else was there – oh yeah, Hendricks of course which is a botanical gin which you all know should be accompanied with cucumber. Come on, keep up!
One of the strongest gins was William Chase at 48% ABV but was curiously deceptive as there were other gins which tasted a great deal stronger on the night. The crisp fruity flavour of William Chase are best complimented with a slice of apple.
While William Chase may well have been strong enough to knock out a baby elephant, Elephant Gin beat them to the nomenclature. These charitable distillers give 15% of their profits to two African elephant foundations; if ever we needed an excuse to drink gin! Think of the elephants people!
Our tasting party also enjoyed Whitley Neill (which also based on African botanicals); Sipsmith, and Boodles.
The gin mixology class was really enjoyable at The Warwick; I know I’d never make it my regular haunt on a Thursday night after work (bussyyy, extraordinarily loud and obnoxious music), but their gin selection is admirable and the their pairings pretty, darn tasty. Go there on a Tuesday night.
1-3 Warwick Street
020 7734 4409
I was graciously invited as a guest of The Warwick to the gin mixology class.