In a combined attempt to merge an enjoyable evening with some charity fundraising I hosted “An Evening of Gin” at my house with the launch of a new gin on the market called “Seven Sisters”, produced by some friends of mine. Inspired and named after the Seven Sisters cliffs, one of the most visited land-marks in Britain. Unlike most other gins, the chalk terroir plays an integral part in its flavour-profile, as it contains a high percentage of grape spirit (30%), grown on the Rathfinny Wine Estate.
A “ginathon” is probably a first as a fundraiser, but I highly recommend it as a concept. Rob Buckhaven, Food and Drinks Columnist for The Metro, TV Presenter and Brand Ambassador for Rathfinny Estate was on hand to give us tips on how to make gin-based cocktails and how to produce the perfect gin and tonic (my life’s ambition).
Here is their splendid hand crafted gin made from a blend of grape and grain spirit, infused with the finest traditional botanicals of Juniper, Coriander, Angelica, Orris, Liquorice, Lemon, Bitter Orange, Angelica Seed an Hyssop:-
The gin is distilled by Silent Pool, on the Albury Estate in the Surrey Hills, set up by former ITV Director, Ian McCulloch and drinks expert James Shellbourne. Their influence comes from Scottish whisky-makers, who manage to capture a sense of ‘terroir’ and ‘place’ within their drinks.