Last night (13 February) was a taste explosion for fans of all things gin and fine dining. The Gin School Scotland teamed up with Two Fat Ladies in the City for an intimate tasting of Scottish gins.
There’s no denying that Scotland is a haven for fresh, organic produce. Pair that with the ever-growing infatuation with gin, and you’ve got the perfect match. Quite fitting for The Perfect Match event taking place in the heart of Glasgow yesterday evening.
ESSENCE OF CLASS
Botanicals, gins infused with lavender, or subtly spiced gin – The Gin School Scotland brought an eclectic mixture of flavours to the table.
Showcasing gins specifically made and distilled in Scotland, matched with four complimenting plates of delectable bites: The Perfect Match was a haven for gin lovers, connoisseurs, and novices alike.
Founder of The Gin School Scotland – based in Arran – David Hughes was a beacon of knowledge and expertise on the gins presented, alongside many more famous Scottish gins.
The setting for the evening was also on point with the evening. Two Fat Ladies in the City is an established restaurant, adored for its cuisine and quirky décor.
As David interacted with us during the sit-down meal, discussing gins yet to be sampled, staff at the Two Fat Ladies in the City served a selection of small plates to accompany the gin.
The evening began with a fresh, basil gin-based cocktail to wet the pallet before the main event took place. Canapes on arrival included smoked salmon blini, haggis bon bons in a peppercorn sauce, to accompany the cocktail. Quickly followed by a tasting of Sea Glass gin, with chicken liver pate.
During this time David explained the origins of Sea Glass gin, made in Orkney, alongside dissecting the certifications that are required to be classed as a Scottish gin.
Following on from Sea Glass was McLeans Something Blue, Arran Gin, and finally McLeans Spiced. Each brought their own tale and taste to the table, but it was Arran Gin that divided the evening. It is confirmed for Arran Gin: you either love it, or you hate it. For our pallet it was the latter.
Our favourite tipple of the evening: McLeans Spiced with ginger ale, garnished with fresh lime.
THE GIN SCHOOL SCOTLAND
As passion for gin increases, the market has become somewhat saturated in gins and tonics to boot. It can be hard to know what gin works for you, and what tonic will compliment the flavours perfectly.
That’s where The Gin School Scotland comes into play. Inform, educate, entertain: this is the motto for the school and after last night’s tasting, we left informed, educated, entertained and slightly rosy cheeked from the amazing selection of gins on offer.
If you get the chance to attend an event from The Gin School Scotland, our verdict is: we’ll see you there.
Cheers, until next time.