Preview: Gin Live, London

My diary is starting to ramp up and then some. 

This month I’m in Sheffield (beer related), York (gin related), and London for Eroticon (as I wrote about yesterday) and now, for Gin Live

Sister event to Whisky Live, and associated with Gin Magazine, both events are booze geek central. Following their success with Whisky Live which came into being back in 2000, Gin Live hopes to bring the same excitement, booziness, and let’s face it, geekery to gin, that Whisky Live brought to whisky. Even though this is their first year doing gin, their reputation would suggest that this one isn’t to be missed if you’re serious about your booze.

Safe to say, I’m a little bit excited and I may have already booked my train tickets. 

Exhibitors are varied. From Audemus Spirits, to London locals Haymans, to some from further afield including Herno and Four Pillars Gin.  There are masterclasses on throughout both the Friday and Saturday sessions – from master distillers and gin experts – these are a step beyond the usual ‘how we make our gin’ sessions that you’d get from a gin festival. 

The ticket prices may raise an eyebrow – ranging from £51.42 to £68.10, but there is very good reason for this. Firstly, this is more like a whisky festival, so there are unlimited pourings. You really can try everything you can get your mitts on (please, please drink responsibly), there are new and unusual bottlings available, those you may not be able to get elsewhere, or might have to dig deep to afford. Thirdly the tickets also include access to Whisky Live (from 7pm) so if you’ve had enough of gin by this point, you can explore whisky too. 

Finally, your ticket includes a two course meal. Yep, they’re feeding you too, so whether you need a break at some point, or just need to line your tummy a little, you’re covered.  

Depending on which tickets you book, you can also access the masterclasses going on throughout both days, including an opportunity to sample the Gin Awards winners.

Gin Live kicks off on Friday 29 March, and also runs on Saturday 30 March. VIPs have different access, and if you’re lucky enough to be trade, then there are other sessions for you too. It’s being held at the Honourable Artillery Company, and more info can be found on their website, and you can buy tickets here

As for me, I’ll be down on the Saturday for a brief sojourn to the big smoke. 

See you there?

This is a preview post at the request of Gin Live. I have received no payment for this post, but will be attending free of charge. 

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